Ep.49 Singing Lessons? When to QUIT your teacher!

Ep.49 Singing Lessons? When to QUIT your teacher!


Why doesn’t every voice teacher teach their students how to sing successfully in and through the First Bridge?


I’m about to make a few singing teachers very mad at me.


Virtually every video I’ve recorded has had some connection to the First Bridge in the voice. This area of the voice is also known as the “passaggio” or “middle” or “my break area”.


Ep.49 Singing Lessons? When to QUIT your teacher! At age 16 I didn't know better!
Chuck Gilmore age 16

I’ve talking about this before. I started taking singing lessons when I was 16 years old. My first teacher had her masters degree in vocal performance.


Ep.49 Singing Lessons? When to QUIT your teacher! At age 19 I still didn't know better!
Chuck Gilmore age 19

My second teacher was a Master’s candidate in vocal performance at my university and the star tenor in the department. He thought I could sing higher, but he didn’t know how to get me there.  


Later one of the professors told me he wished he knew how to get me to “open up my voice”.


I actually thought I was born with a bass voice that was only designed to sing to the E above Middle C.

Singing Lessons? When to QUIT your teacher! Finally someone who could help me!
Chuck Gilmore and Seth Riggs
Singing Lessons? With Debra Bonner
Debra Bonner

20 years later I met Seth Riggs and began studying with one of his teachers at that time. Her name is Debra Bonner. Within 6 weeks I was singing past the E above middle C and well into my head voice.


My whole life, I never knew it was even possible. I wasn’t a gifted singer who could easily sing though the first bridge.




Until you learn to do this without strain, cracking, breaking, or breathiness, you’ll always be limited. You’ll always have this obstacle in your voice. It’ll always be at the top of your chest voice.


To many students give up because they don’t realize there is a way to sing in and through the passaggio. It becomes a true passageway into your head voice and back down into chest voice.  


It becomes fun to sing in the bridge and higher into head voice. You look forward to the songs and the notes that you’ve feared all your life.


Singing Lessons? When to QUIT your teacher!


Why doesn’t every voice teacher teach their students how to do it? How to bridge?


All teachers have had students who don’t practice, or ignore their teachers, or give up before being successful.


I’m talking about teachers who don’t teach their students how to bridge.


Here are some possible reasons:

  • They don’t know that it’s possible to eliminate the break in the voice.
  • They think everyone has a break and you just work around it.
  • They don’t know about the First Bridge or the passaggio.
  • They know about it but they don’t know how to teach their students how to “bridge”.
  • They’re a gifted singer themselves who never had to learn to bridge…it always came naturally to them.
  • They don’t think it’s necessary. They teach their students to push harder or louder, or use falsetto


There may be other reasons. Personally I’d like to believe that every voice teacher is well meaning, and trying their best.


But, students, if your teacher isn’t helping you learn to bridge with specific exercises to master the first bridge then you will always have that limitation in your voice.


If they are telling you to yell louder, or push harder, or go into falsetto or sing breathy so it doesn’t crack, QUIT!  If you are not being actively taught to bridge, and making progress with each lesson, QUIT!


You’re wasting your time and your money and you should QUIT your teacher and find someone who can help you.


Find a teacher who’s teaching their students how to sing in and through the first bridge of the voice without straining, cracking, breaking or falsetto. Find a teacher who can do it themselves and knows how to help you do it.


That’s all I have to say about that.  Singing Lessons? When to quit your teacher! Forest Gump would know!

For now.


Each of the vocal types in the Knowledge Center in PowerToSing.com have exercises designed to help you sing in and through the First Bridge of your voice.


Do you know your vocal type? I’m not referring to whether you’re soprano, alto, tenor or bass. You vocal type generally describes what happens when you sing through First Bridge of your voice.


Visit PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test, which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type.


Then visit the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises designed for your vocal type and start practicing. They’re designed to help you improve your voice quickly.


I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power.


I’ll see you inside the next video.


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If you want to do more with your singing voice it is possible. This is the first and most important message. It is possible to achieve your dreams to sing better, to sing higher, and to add beauty, confidence and power to your voice!

I know this because I’ve experienced a real change in my voice. I am reaching my dreams to sing and perform. You can find happiness and fulfillment with your singing too!!


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