Have you ever pictured yourself singing with the band and rocking on the stage?
And if by any chance the stage is yours right now, will you be ready to do that in front of many people?
Good for you if you say yes, but if your answer is NO, let’s high five!
We better off of humiliation, right? Singing with a band or even with a single or none of musical instrument is not as easy as it may seem. Let’s not think about the singing techniques like what Mariah Carey does, that’s too far, just to be able to deliver the perfect pitch and tunes in a song alone is already something.
We do need practice.
And by practice I mean not only singing in the bathroom twice a day, but truly get a vocal coach to teach us how to properly do it.
However, let’s face it, there’s always some resistance to it. The scenario might go this way:
“I want to, but I already have a full time job, I need to feed my cats and so many other things to do at home (or elsewhere). I can’t fit a meeting with a vocal coach.” Or “I’ve already have enough bills to pay.”
Then the rumbling continues with: “Just fuggedaboudit. I’m gonna sing for myself in my bathroom, that’s it.”
Wait, there’s still a hope for us, it’s called Singorama, an online singing lesson that allows you to practice at home, at your own pace, and much cheaper than a per meeting singing lesson.
Doesn’t it sound great?
But can it substitutes the one on one singing lesson?
That’s what we’re about to find out here!
With Singorama: Am I in Good Hands?
I did some research before actually ended up with Singorama. As I scrolled over the internet, I found a quite interesting question from someone, he asked:
“Why don’t pro vocal coaches be pro singers?”
I’ve never thought about it before, but I think it’s a good question, and since then I started to take a step back and rethink about the idea of getting a competent vocal coach.
But the good thing about Singorama is that you don’t have to be worry about such question; because the Singorama’s vocal coach has both. She’s been a professional singer and now she will be helping you in improving your singing skill.
Who is she you may ask?
She is Melanie Alexander. Some of you might have not heard about her before, but let me tell you Melanie is former member of a girl group like Spice Girls called Girlfriend in early 90s.
Her singing debut with Girlfriend was at the summit of Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart in 1992 with a song called “Take it From Me”. And for the following years of their success, the girl group had a tour to Europe and Japan in 1994. Unfortunately, in 1996 the group split, after two of the members left and their song at time narrowly missed the ARIA’s 100 charts.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t really matter for I’ve never heard that Melanie lost her voice since the girl group split. I went on YouTube to check on her singing performance and she’s actually great even when she sang solo. Her voice is so jazzy. She has her own trade mark for singing and not every singer has that. That’s why I give a go to Singorama.
And I can say that her love in singing is not fading away. She’s still singing solo and now with her skill and dedication in singing, she built a platform to help reach more people worldwide to be able to sing better online and save them from public humiliation for singing out of tune.
Besides, Singorama isn’t born solely because of Melanie Alexander, Singorama is a result of extensive research and collaboration with people who have a very good background in music industry; they are vocal coaches and sound engineers who work behind the scenes.
So, in case you’re still wondering: “am I in good hands?”
I would say: “Yes you are.”
Is Singorama Made for Everyone?
IT IS, however, there are indeed few things to consider:
- Beginner to intermediate
I think that the Singorama’s primary course is made for beginners to intermediate level since they’re still covering the basics and not much of the advance side except for the bonus E-books: Singorama Advance. So if you’re already on advance level, you may still have something to learn but not getting as much value.
Am I the only person who says this?
No, I’ve read some reviews who agree with me on this particular topic. And if you look up on internet to find the best online singing course, you’ll see that one of the most recommended sites is Singorama with an entailment of skill level which says:
However if you’re a complete beginner, the problem that may occur to you is the musical terms and theory as it mentions couple of times throughout the audio lessons without having a direct and thorough explanation on the audio.
Well, it doesn’t mean that they left us in the blank spot ‘cause Singorama actually has the explanations under control. However, instead of putting it in the audio lessons, Singorama separates it in different section, which is located on the Workbook and their bonus E-books: Read Music, Singorama beginners and Singorama advance. I see this as an issue in learning affectivity ‘cause it requires us to make more effort and therefore more time.
- Having a tin ear
Well, I’m not saying that it’s impossible but it’s unlikely. I hope it doesn’t sound mean, however this kind of awareness is important, since the platform is online, we’ll not be able to make a direct conversation with the vocal coach hence the vocal coach can’t give a direct input when we make mistake. So our ability to hear music is pretty fundamental here.
As I said earlier that it is not impossible ‘cause musical sensitivity can be trained even though some people are (fortunately) born with it. And if by any chance this issue makes you reel back from getting a proper singing lesson, I’d say Don’t. ‘Cause a proper singing lesson should have ‘treatment’ to help you with that and Singorama for that matter has it deployed in lesson 5.
- Male users
Some reviewers on the internet say that there can be a problem for male users since the vocal coach is female, and I’m sure it because of a stereotype that woman’s voice is somehow higher than man, however the practicality for the lessons are made general to both male and female users.
The sound of the musical scales is still DoReMi, doesn’t matter if it comes out from man or woman’s voice. So, I don’t think that this course is working for female users only just because the vocal coach is female. Male users are welcomed too.
What’s Inside Singorama’s Member Site?
Before we’re going to see what’s inside the package, I’m so glad to announce that Singorama recently made an improvement on their website design. Here’s a snapshot of their transformation:
As the course claimed to have competent people working behind the desk, I once thought that the one person who didn’t do the job was the web designer. But now, they prove me wrong and I give them the credit they deserve.
Now let’s unloaded the goods:
The Primer Course:
28 audio lessons accompanied with a downloadable Workbook. Singorama breaks these 28 lessons down into 6 major parts; they are as follows:
Part 1 includes 3 lessons:
- Getting Started: Understanding Your Own Voice
- Warm-ups and Strengthening the Voice
- Breathing and Posture
What you can learn from here:
- Recognizing, embracing your own voice, and revealing an awesome singer within you.
- Practicing step by step guidance to do the warm ups in both physical and vocal (yep, I wrote the word ‘warm up’ in plural, ‘cause indeed Singorama has plenty ways for you to do that).
- Learning the correct posture to create fuller voice and breathing to obtain better sound when you sing.
The Amazing Singorama’s Workbook
Before I’m going to further parts of Singorama’s lessons, I want to give some recognition to its workbook. I genuinely think that this book is really helpful. It’s designed very systematic with apt illustrations. This will be a benefit if you’re a visual learner.
Here is a snapshot of the workbook containing an apt illustration to nicely complementing the audio lesson:
The workbook contains useful footnotes, questions, quiz, and games to stimulate your learning process.
Below is what one of the games looks like. It’s fun and at the same time it’s intellectually stimulating.
Part 2 includes 5 lessons:
- Vocal Tone
- Pitch: Staying in Tune
- Chest Voice and Head Voice
- Bad Habits to Avoid
- Extending Your Vocal Range: Part I of I
What you can learn from here:
- Understanding on how to produce a clean and pure sound to anticipate singing with common problems that leads to poor quality sound (e.g sharp piercing or gravelly sound).
- Distinguishing the terms pitch and tone that often use interchangeably.
- Using relative pitch as a tool to be in tune when you don’t have any musical instrument to keep on check.
- Deepening your mental ear.to identify if a sound is out of tune, whether it’s lower (flat♭) or higher (sharp ♯) than the correct tone.
- Bridging the gap between head voice (where the high notes produced) and chest voice (where the low voice produced) so you can blend it and not sounded like you have two different voices.
- Understanding the basic dos and don’ts of singing.
- Identifying your current vocal range and some technical practices to help you extending your vocal range.
Part 3 includes 3 lessons:
- Time Signatures, Key Signatures, and Rhythm
- Major and Minor Keys and Solfege System
- Intervals and Solfege System
You can say that these lessons will be the boring part of the course ‘cause it talks about the musical theory. However, as a singer, understanding music is a must, so bear with it!
What you can learn from here:
- Understanding time signature in music to sing on the right beat/tempo.
- Understanding the key signature or the tonic to indicate what relative key the song is played in.
- Cultivating your ability to distinguish major and minor keys by ears.
- Familiarizing with the concept of music intervals and Solfege system; includes an easy hack to recall intervals.
Part 4 includes 3 lessons:
- Different Style of Music
- Different Genres of Music
What you can learn from here:
- Learning different types of voices and understanding how to use your voice to sing different styles.
- Developing the ability to sing harmonically by familiarizing the general structure of the chords. This will be a helpful lesson if you want to sing in choir or acapella.
- Overview of the widespread musical genres.
Part 5 includes 5 lessons:
- Understanding the Meaning of a Song: Part I on Lyrics and Tone
- Understanding the Meaning of a Song: Part II on Emotion and Personality
- Making a Song your Own
- Learning a Full Song: Part I of II
- Learning a Full Song: Part II of II
What you can learn from here:
- Identifying the meaning and the mood of a song so that you can convey it to your audience.
- Personalizing the emotions of the song so that you can make a short of communication with your audience.
- Performing other singer’s song like your own by harnessing some tricks to create an original identity as you perform. Therefore you can make a lasting impression from people’s mind.
- Breaking the technical aspect of a song (this is a further discussion of the previous lesson about key signature and tempo).
- Knowing the types of rhythm and tempo in a song.
- Mastering the song’s note and it’s melody.
- Interpreting a song in the vocal sense by deconstructing the basic framework of a song (verses, chorus, bridge) and its phase.
For part 6, I don’t know if Singorama makes a frivolous mistake or they indeed make a change, ‘cause the title of part 6 is same with part 5.
Before the web improvement, the title of part 6 was: Your Future as a Singer. Nevertheless, the contents inside part 5 and 6 are different, so I don’t bother.
Part 6 includes 9 lessons:
- Solutions to Common Problems
- Your Future as a Singer
- Extending Your Vocal Range: Part II of II
- Performance Tips
- Writing Your First Songs
- Singing With the Band
- Performance Anxiety
- Final Overview
What you can learn from here:
- Overcoming common problems and minimizing mistakes to perform well as a singer.
- Getting a hold of a singer; performing for audition, singing with other performers, and singing in casual setting.
- Revisiting the previous part about extending your vocal range, see how much you’ve improved and later on do the same drills to go onto higher notes.
- Getting some useful performance tips.
- Deeper discussion covering the matter of audition; understanding tips to pass it, and anticipating what the judges expected you in your performance.
- Writing your own songs; brainstorming the basic ways to come up with a song till the process needed for a song recording.
- Some tips to perform in a band.
- Overcoming and anticipating performance anxiety; writing your anxiety down to your workbook, and work on it.
- Recapping the overall lessons that you’ve been through.
A Bunch of BONUSES:
If you think that’s all what you’re gonna get, you’re wrong. Singorama has plenty of useful bonuses for you:
- Downloadable Bonuses:
1. Separate vocal audio training
This bonus will come in handy if you don’t have any musical instrument as a tune guide when you’re warming up or when you’re exercising your vocal range. And the good things about the site is they have all of the vocal audio trainings that it’s dissected to certain categories, so we can easily find what we need.
2. Mini Recording App
Similar with the previous bonus, the mini recording app will also help you hitting the right tunes when you don’t own a musical instrument. You can easily set the scale that you want to play on and practice with those selected notes.
Other than that, as it mentions on its name ‘mini recording app’, it does record your voice. The quality of the recording is pretty good; however, it doesn’t record longer than one minute.
3. Perfect Your Pitch App
Perfect Pitch is a fun exercise to train your ears to hear music.
How it works?
You’ll hear 4 notes and you guess what notes are they.
There will be 30 questions asked from each level, and from each level you’re expected to reach 240 points.
I’ve done the first level; and here’s my result:
Singorama gives 3 bonus E-books; Read Music, Singorama- Beginners, and Singorama- Advanced. And if you ask, do we need all of these or these free stuffs are just spamming? The answer is yes we do and these free stuffs are so beneficial. I saw a glimpse inside of the books and I found many important musical theories you don’t want to miss.
Some of the primer audio lessons are referring back and forth to these bonus E-books.
- Online Bonuses:
Despite many of downloadable bonuses that I’ve mentioned earlier, there are a couple of more bonuses that you can seize through your Singorama Purchase.
- Online Metronome
- Online Scheduling Tool
PS: For me personally, I don’t value much of these two online bonuses. First, I already have an offline metronome in my phone offline, and second the online scheduling tool requires further purchase after 14 days. So I think I’m good with my Google calendar.
What Others Say about Singorama?
There are indeed lots of positive feedbacks (*) from users that I found over the internet. And here are some of the highlights for you:
Jane Punt from the US says:
“I’m so impressed with the versatility of Singorama…I’ve been singing since childhood but negative experiences caused doubt…with Singorama exercises and software, I’ve improved. My pitch has been fine tuned, my vocal range improved…thank you!”
Kwesi Williams from Maryland US says:
“I knew that I had some problems with pitch and so I got online and began researching…I found Singorama….and the results were dramatic…I was able to sing with confidence. I highly recommend Singorama for pitch work.”
Roland Smithers from Ireland says:
”I purchased Singorama a few months ago…it’s the most comprehensive singing course I’ve tried, and I was surprised I was able to do the exercises at my own time.”
What I Say about Singorama; A week of Using Singorama
I’ll say it frankly that when I first logged myself in Singorama’s member site, my jaw dropped. I was amazed by the web design, it’s effortlessly ugly. It’s literally plain. I mean, I’ve seen better designs before.
Thankfully, few days later, like I’ve said earlier, they upgraded their site. Now it looks nicely improved!
However, there’s one technical thing that I personally feel a bit off about the course:
I’m not that happy with the format served by Singorama. It’s NOT that they have bad contents (in fact, the contents are great) it’s just that I think it’ll be more awesome if the format was in video so people can visually understand the subject and being able to see what’s going on with the piano or if the video could be accompanied with an apt video illustration e.g. Musical charts. Because you know, merely listening to audio containing many musical terms can be overwhelming sometimes.
However, as to overcome the overwhelming feeling, there’s another way that Singorama do; they create a downloadable workbook. This is a considerable solution to keep people like me on track and not lost in translation. So, I think is okay.
What I’ve learnt so far
I’d say that my singing ability is bad but not too bad. I have pretty good ears to hear music but unfortunately I’m not that good at singing myself and I’m fully aware of it. I often tremble over too high or too low notes (my voice is simply plain).
However, recently, the urge to deepen my singing ability is raging especially that I have my ex’s wedding coming up. I really want to sing Adele’s Someone Like You in his wedding. That would be epic, I can’t help it.
Regardless of how much I want to sing Adele’s, with this current voice of mine; who am I kidding?
Here’s a video of me singing Amazing Grace (Caution: listen at your own risk):
Now, it’s been a week that I train my voice with Singorama and I think I make an improvement (though not that much). Please note that I haven’t gone through all the lessons ‘cause it’s 28 in total, besides, like Singorama says:
“Pace yourself and don’t rush into getting it right.”
And may I remind you that even the basic is not as easy as it seems. It takes time.
By the way, I have one tip for you before starting the course:
Have a musical instrument (e.g piano/guitar/etc). This will come in handy to help you hit the right tunes.
However if you don’t have any, don’t panic, as I mentioned earlier that Singorama has made the alternatives for you: (1) a downloadable mini recording accompanied with a mini piano. A nd (2) you can simply download the bonus audio files for warm-ups and sing along with it.
Alright let’s now jump to the core of the course and how the course has affected me so far…
As I started my first few lessons with Singorama’s online course, I thought it was rather boring. Yeah, I have to start at the very basic: The warm ups, the breathing and posture. And let me tell you, some of the warm ups are embarrassing to try like for example the NG-siren sound (I sounded like a whale whining). Thankfully they have plenty types of warm up that we can try, it won’t matter ‘cause they aim the same: to warm our vocal cord up.
After few days of forcing myself to do the basic (15 minutes of daily warm-ups); I made up my mind, now I really recommend you to do it, though it seems boring and embarrassing to try; warm up and breathing exercise are the most important things to do before you start singing.
Remember that singing is like sports, if you don’t do warm up you can get injured.
Enough of warming up, now let’s jump to the lesson in which I wanna get myself into: hitting the low and high notes. How do Singorama help me with that?
Here comes lesson 8. They listed a technical method that I can clearly follow. They have many of methodologies to do so, but I go with something called “I like to sing, it makes me happy” exercise.
The exercise simply explores all the notes from the low Do to its high. And this Do,Re,Mi exploration will extend higher throughout the whole major scales and your job is to note down how far your vocal range can cover. Don’t worry about the musical theory ‘cause Singorama have it all covered down in further lessons (9 to 11) plus you can always utilize the Read Music bonus E-book.
Here’s a vid of me exercising. And for the musical instrument, though Singorama always referring to piano but if you had guitar instead of piano like me, you can still use it.
In case you wonder if there’s any online course to extend your guitar skill you can try JamPlay.com, I’ve tried it before and you’re welcome to read the review: HERE.
You may notice that I didn’t hit the right pitch when I played the A major scale (I was out of tune). I’m so bad at broadcasting myself but I swear I’ve done better when the camera is off.
As I looked at my notepad, after 4 days of doing the same vocal extending exercise, I’m now covering the range from the G major to the E major (it means I go from G, then higher to A,B,C, D, and to E). I’m two more steps away to hit one octave higher of the G major. I’m pretty proud of myself. Before this, my vocal range only cover till the C major, and I struggled to get into D.
And as to wrap my testimonial, there’s one lesson that will be very helpful since I personally think many people struggled with it, including me.
What is it?
It’s building a bridge from the higher voice (also called as head voice) to the lower voice (also called as chest voice). I once watched the Glee project and one of the contestants, he has beautiful voice for sure, but even him, he struggled with channeling his voice. It’s important for singer to build a bridge and blend their head and chest voice so they won’t be heard as if they had 2 different voices.
This subject mentions in the couple of lessons but you can find it specifically in lesson 6.
If you notice (which you certainly may ‘cause it obvious) at my Amazing Grace video, my voice jump drastically when it hit the low notes. It makes me sound like I have two voices (human and frog maybe) and it’s not good at all.
And again Singorama has a solution for that; a method for us to follow. Everything is practical here. Concrete and not abstract.
Lastly, I present to you an audio of me singing Judy Garland’s ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow'. I chose this song ‘cause the notes are pretty diverse, it goes from low to high, high to low. And of course I wanted to know how far I improve, though again not much.
So now, are you interested to make your personal singing improvement?
Here’s How to Sign Up
If you’re interested to sign up for Singorama; you can simply visit its Official Website and do an easy data filling.
The actual price for Singorama course is up to $ 250 but lucky for you, you’ll pay for only $ 67 and that’s for a lifetime access. Not only just that, you’ll also be given the benefit of 8 weeks money back guarantee so you can feel free to try it out first and see if Singorama can help you improve your singing skill.
If you have further questions regarding payment or the return policy, you can simply drop your question directly to their support team HERE (the usual response may take 24 to 48 hours).
I like the program so far. I’d recommend it for you to try. With the conviction that the course has, you can’t go wrong with it. How sure is Singorama with the user success? The answer can be seen by how Singorama let people to have 8 weeks return policy. Long enough time to decide whether the program works for you or not, right?
Other not-sure programs might not hold the return policy that long.
The reason why I like this program is that they improved, and I’m grateful to witness their website design’s improvement. However the most important thing to concern about is the content and the price. With $ 67 maybe you can only set 4 meetings with a one on one vocal coach. But with Singorama, you can set the time whenever suits you and as much as you want.
Wait I’m not done yet, with that amount of money you’ll get the whole package deal; you’ll get 28 thorough audio lessons that will get you from the very beginning, to vocal techniques, to musical education, to make your own songs, and lastly to help yourself ready performing with the band professionally. PLUS there are BONUSES, both in apps, audios, and pdfs (all available offline). Pretty fair don’t you think?
Singorama 2.0 is an online singing course that is easily accessible for people throughout the world. The products given by Singorama are online based course which means there’s no hard copy available, however the products are all downloadable.
Through the thorough lessons and bonuses products that they made, Singorama aims to help users to improve their singing skill to the users’ various extent.
In spite of how much the course has to offer, the results however may vary depends on each user.