The Vocal Technique of Great Singers
The Italian Bel Canto Song School Teachings of Manuel García, Pauline Viardot-García & Francesco Lamperti as illuminated by the revolutionary perspective of Alfred Tomatis—the Einstein of the Ear.
Heavily-researched, scientific, tried and true method that will enable you to develop your voice to its full potential and become your own teacher.
Voice lessons in New York City workshops ◦ Lectures masterclass ◦ SKYPE
Shigo Voice Studio
31 West 69th Street, Apt 1B
New York, NY 10023
DANIEL JAMES SHIGO is a voice teacher, basso-cantante, scholar and author living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center.
My integrates the principles of the old Italian school of singing, scientific understanding of vocal function, and the healing power of music in a supportive environment.
Its nuts and bolts are the teachings of three legendary vocal pedagogues: Manuel García, Pauline Viardot-García and Francesco Lamperti, which are illuminated by the revolutionary perspective of Alfred Tomatis—the Einstein of the Ear who explored the relationship between the ear, body, mind and voice.
An introductory lesson is recommended, where you will receive a thorough consultation, feedback on your present level of skill, and an overview of how to proceed to the next level.
Many of my students are professional singers seeking advice on technique and interpretation, while others are enthusiastic amateurs with a passion to sing as a means of musical fulfillment and personal growth. Patient and encouraging, my aim is to guide you step-by-step toward realizing your vocal potential.
Learning to sing means learning the think, listen and feel. This process involves a tailored practicum of exercises, which enable you to find your voice, use it with great freedom, ease and expression, and ultimately become your own teacher.
Lessons focus on vocal technique which is then applied to repertoire.
While it is my job to give you the tools necessary for singing, you will have to engage in daily practice to realize your goals. I will show you in detail how to do this. At-home practice involves multiple ten-minute practice sessions.
Each musical style, be it bel canto or Broadway, uses the vocal instrument in a specific manner, which every singer can learn with time, skill and practice. Whatever the style, the essential goal is to connect your heart and mind to the music in order to persuasively express the emotions that compel you to sing it, the greatest freedom of expression being a result of disciplined study.
Many young singers are at risk because of lack of technique. As the incomparable Tony Bennett stated:
The young people look great on television. They're youthful and have a lot of energy, but when you see them live, they can only do about 20 minutes because they haven't got the training to hold an audience for an hour and a half.
Singing is an athletic event that requires training. Talent is the starting gate. To go the distance, you need a working knowledge of your instrument and its abilities, as well as a strong technique.