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Review: Complete Vocal Technique

Is this book really all you need for a completely amazing singing voice?

Item: Complete Vocal Technique by Cathrine Sadolin, published by CVI Publications.

Price: CVT Book Store 53.74 Euros (various languages) /Amazon.co.uk: 39.50 GBP

Mic rating: 4/5

At a glance: The philosophy of this book is commendable: you should be able to sing what you like, in a safe and reliable way. You should feel free to use your voice in whatever you wish, and the techniques you use should feel comfortable and easy. From breathing and support to distortion and nasality – it’s your voice and you’re choice.

High notes:  This method will appease many curious singers who yearn to sound like high energy rockers. Singers who feel comfortable with their technique could skip straight to these sections to learn how to ramp up their vocal expression with screams, cracks, rattles and growls – especially if you feel your voice has become ‘too trained’. The diagrams and charts are super helpful to guide you through your journey.

Off pitch: The content is sometimes repetitive and the translation from the original language can be confusing. Each technique seems to require a second read to grasp fully. Some singers may not appreciate the overload of new and different terminology with phrases like “half metallic” and “curbing”, particularly those who have taken to using physiological terms.

Review: This is the leading singing method that comprehensibly covers distortion and extreme vocal effects, and it is encouraging to see vocal coaches deviating from the classical chest/head formula. However, this book’s unique use of terminology could be confusing, and the descriptions of the different ‘vocal modes’ are over explained. This glossy text it is certainly covering new ground in a rigorous manner and offering voice science in a stimulating way. For those interested in edgy or rock singing, this book  is highly recommended for its unbiased and researched work on distortion.