I started vocal coaching with Paule mid 2013 with the goal of being able to trust my voice enough so that I could sing confidently in front of friends, family and familiar faces whilst jamming along with my guitar.
However once I began taking vocal lessons, Paul soon helped me realise that I had a lot more potential than singing for small crowds and consistently encouraged me to strive for more.
A year later, I am making Youtube covers which are starting to attract a lot of attention, collaborating with some of the finest artists in Auckland and I have also been singing live at open mic nights in bars and performed at shows.
A big thank you to Paul for helping me stick through the initial stages, without whom I wouldn’t be where I am today. I encourage anyone out there thinking about singing to give him a go!
I have been working with Paule for just under a year, mostly via Skype lessons, and I have found his method of teaching to be efficient and effective, providing immediate and lasting improvements to my singing and breathing techniques.
Paule is able to identify and provide techniques to correct strain and resistance in my voice, as well as provide information and context around the mechanics of how it all works.
His commitment to providing excellent value and measurable results was obvious from our first lesson, and I certainly recommend booking a lesson to see for yourself how much you can get out of an hour!
Paule from RVR has helped me immensely with my vocals.
I have been a professional musician for years thought i was doing alright with my singing, but Paule showed me the real deal way to sing by using my diaphragm breathing and taught me facial and lung strengthening exercises that have helped take me to the next level of vocal performance.
People who have come to my gigs for years have noticed improvements in my power, tone and pitch. The improvements have happened since i started going to Paule for coaching.
This guy knows his stuff!
Kara’s performance credits:
Opened for Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Satriani and Elton John
Performed with Glen Hughes (Deep Purple)
Toured internationally throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe with Alabama 3
Toured New Zealand and Australia as part of the “Fly My Pretties” tour
P.S. The video below was recorded before I started taking singing lessons with Paule. I will post a video soon to show you a difference that coaching has made to my voice!
I began vocal training session with Paule with the goal of bridging a mid range gap in my vocal range.
Although I had sung for a number of years and would consider myself an experienced performer in the genre of rock/metal, I was at a stage where I was simply not making the connections and progress I wanted on my own.
My original rock band Checaine were in the midst of recording our debut album when I felt the use of a professional vocal coach may just help me sound smoother and more connected with my voice and the listener.
After an initial diagnostics session, in which Paule gave his professional audit on the condition of my voice and potential, he created a tailored vocal training programme. Although Paule encouraged me to identify the areas of my voice I’d like to work on I found his programme and content during lessons specifically targeted the areas I needed to work on without even realising myself. Paule has worldwide connections with some of the globe’s most renowned vocal coaches.
His information is current and his ability to get results out of his students by using the latest tricks of the trade is second-to-none.
It’s worth me mentioning that Paule is the fourth vocal coach I have used. I wish I had saved my time and money and gone straight to Paule.
A key area of learning for myself was around vocal health. Paule taught me the importance of treating your voice like a highly sensitive instrument. I was intrigued to learn about foods that should be avoided as a vocalist, dietary habits and the power of water.
If you are looking for that little bit of help to speed up your learning progress and are interested in any of the following I can confidently recommend Paule as the vocal coach to deliver the results you are striving for.
Weekly practice routines, how to train the voice safely, vocal health, pre-show warm ups, post-show warm down, how to perform when you have a cold, healthy/safe voice distortion, the power of blurb exercises, blend and vowel pronunciation, vowel modification, range extension, performance techniques, marketing advice and much much more.
Since having vocal training with Paule, my band has gone on to play gigs with Devilskin, I Am Giant, Setting Fire To Stacey, Ekko Park and many more.
Paule is a big believer in using analogies during his training sessions to ensure the student has a true understanding of the technique or pivotal learning moment in a lesson.
If you are looking to improve your voice then look no further than Paule. If his sheer enthusiasm for singing and your progress don’t motivate you on their own I’ll eat my hat!
Every time I take the stage now I do so with the confidence that I have the right tools and techniques to deliver a great performance.
Through out my life I’ve always loved to sing. But in recent years I’ve started to notice how extremely exhausted my voice got after much less than an hour of singing.
My vocal challenge that I wanted to over come was the inefficient singing. It felt like I was pushing and staining all the time when I sang. I thought that I was already at the end of my range and volume of my voice, but I thought I’d give Paule a try anyway. During my RVR vocal diagnostic session I tried to sing Piano man and Dream on both went pretty shit. Paule said that he could help me, so I came back for the first actual coaching session. He brought out the first RVR exercises for opening the throat, showed me some strange mouth shapes and let me sing a song at the end. That was the first time ever my voice did not even feel a little exhausted after singing. So I continued the lessons for about 7-8 months and i ve recently resumed the Skype, coaching sessions again, because I had started to loose some of the new improved vocal and breathing co-ordinations, that literally made it easier to sing high screaming rock songs!. I wanted that freedom back and new who to call to help me get back on track! In the end Paule helped me fix problems I didn’t even know I had.
I had a vocal coach prior to Paule and his methods were completely different to what I was used to. But already in the second lesson I could feel a difference. Of course I took some time to actually learn to sing like that all the time and not go back to my old ways in between the lessons. But the fact that I could already feel the difference was astonishing to me so I kept on going.
The personalized vocal coaching, was extremely helpful for me. In the coaching sessions I always trusted Paule 100% and his methods too. But at the same time I always felt like I had a say in my coaching if there was something that I wanted to work more on for example or if there was something I wanted to change. Paule always made the coaching fun and interesting with a lot of mind movies to make things easier to understand and remember.
Did Paule’s methods, exercises and coaching work for me? Not only YES, but HELL YES!! After the 7-8 months of coaching with Paule I am literally a whole new singer. I can sing things that I was only able to dream about singing before. When I started the RVR I was straining a lot while singing, I had a hard time singing loud without killing my voice after about 10 min. I couldn’t really take any notes in the 5th octave, an A4-B4 was a pretty damn high note for me. Now a high note for me is a D5-E5 and a D6 in falsetto. Because of RVR not only my chest voice and head voice got stronger, but also my falsetto. I don’t strain a lot when I sing anymore. I recently recorded some demo’s in Sweden with a progressive rock band for about 4h without even being close to blowing out my voice.
I don’t have a lot to compare Paule’s coaching to but can definitely say that every session is really, really fun! Even the ones where I thought the exercises were really tricky or the ones where something was really hard to understand for me. I knew that in the end I would get a lot out of it and man was I right. The way I would describe the coaching style is that it’s really varied and dynamic. If there is one thing in particular you want to work on Paule finds ten different ways for you to work on it and then selects the best few for you.
I’m 43 yrs old and quite frankly I thought, that I had my voice all worked out by now! But after spending some quality time working with Paule and his rapid vocal results methods. I definitely noticed improvments in my tone and vocal strength etc. Learning how to use my voice more efficently has measurably improved the stamina of my singing voice.
Paule helped me gain a deeper understanding of how the voice works in a holistic way. I have now learnt practical vocal techniques that help me to maintain my voice at its best.
Paule helped me out recently while I was on tour. Due to my performance schedule. I had been singing daily for weeks in a row and was suffering from fatigue and lack of energy.
The RVR techniques, really work and are easy to learn! I will continue to use them in the future both on the road and in the studio.
Paule is very professional, flexible and reliable and I can’t recommend him highly enough. The Skype calls work really well and allow me to practice from home or while I’m on the road.