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You Can Sing-Seven Steps to Singing [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CDUWW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,972 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Carrie and David Grant, voice coaches to popstrels including Mel C and Will Young, present their 7-step workshop designed to teach even the most inhibited and tuneless to sing.

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Aimed principally at those who love posing in front of their bedroom mirror pretending they're the next Madonna or Robbie, You Can Sing is a bluffers' guide to singing pop. The main feature follows teenagers Danni and Peter as they receive coaching from two of the UK's leading pop-vocal coaches, Carrie and David Grant. Unlike the cut-throat competition of Pop Idol and Fame Academy, this is a cosy step-by-step guide to singing, with the Grants adopting cuddly teacher personas. The two students are not your everyday pop wannabes either, having seemingly been dragged in from stage school rather than the street. The feature climaxes with the pair putting into practice Carrie and David's seven steps to success (ranging from breathing technique to vocal range) by professionally recording tracks such as Williams's "Angels" and Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful".

The show includes advice from some of the Grants' most recent and successful students—among them Will Young, Melanie C and Lemar--and there are also brief guidance segments on topics such as whether it's safe to sing with a cold. Critics might say that a programme such as this simply encourages more second-rate karaoke singers to dream of pop stardom; but at the very least it might ensure that future pop-reality shows aren't short of talent.

On the DVD: You Can Sing's somewhat lacklustre main feature is boosted by the interactivity of the extra material included on the disc. The songs "Angels" and "Beautiful" can be practised at home in karaoke-fashion, with the lyrics flashed on to the screen. There's also the opportunity to feel what it's like to perform in front of a roaring live crowd. The interviews with the star graduate can be watched in their entirety via the bonus material menu and the short feature on correctly holding a hair brush as if it is a microphone is fun and informative.--John Galilee

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. V. S. on 10 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My low rating of this "self-training" DVD for learning to sing properly is based on the following reasons:
- Techniques are not adequately explained for the vocal sounds (The "what's to be done", but not the "how it's to be done", are mostly shown). The assistants playing the part of trainees have been chosen for their ability to sing well already, giving the impression that learning to sing is "all so easy".
- The hyped performances give the false impression of being able to produce the kind of pop singers featured in the interviews on the DVD. This "X-factor" (instant gratification) mentality is further reflected in the way English is spoken by some of the participants doing the demonstrations ("Me and my mother ...", "... for Peter and I", etc.). If one is not conscientious in the way one speaks, how conscientious will one be in the way one sings?
- The overall impression is one of being a promotional DVD for the singing teachers giving the "lessons".
- This DVD is not for beginners seeking proper training. There are better materials available elsewhere for people who are realistic about the training one needs to be a fairly good singer.

Its compensating features are:
- It is visually entertaining.
- It provides encouragement and provisional hope for those with the "X-factor" mentality.

This "DVD trainer" is best suited as an introduction only to the kind of training one needs to be a good singer. It is not worth the nett cost of £5.55 I paid for it; best get it 2nd hand.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Was looking forward to buying this, and I wasn't disappointed!! I've been singing in a musical theatre company for 10 years, and I have to say that I learnt more about vocal and singing technique in this video, than I have done in the whole 10 years I've been singing. I've noticed changes in my voice already, after only doing the exercises once or twice (the forward placement technique is fantastic!).
I look forward to my voice going, literally, from strength to strength, and may well wear this video out!
Perhaps I should buy the DVD........!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Johnson on 2 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
I enjoy this DVD. It is bright and optimistic and teaches some good basic techniques which have helped me with my singing and confidence.It is meant for the younger audience, I think, but the message is just as relevant, so what the heck. I have just started having individual singing lessons and, of course,no DVD can match the quality of that. However, I have been able to come back to the Grants DVD and listen to them again and get more out of their instruction and realize their credibility.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dodster TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
This is not a quick fix. If you are looking for a dvd to give your singing a quick improvement (if there is such a dvd!) this is not it. To improve requires time, practise and dedication.

The instruction on the dvd is excellent. Carrie and David present the techniques in an accessible, understandable way then take you through each technique showing how to master it. Then it's up to you to persevere and practise.

If you're serious this is for you, if not forget it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I got this for my partner and even though he is almost 30 years old he enjoyed it very much. The video is pratical with lots of 'take part' exercises - fun for all ages and it even has a chance to sing-a-long some of the tracks you will have learnt in the video (oh and his voice has improved too - the in the shower singing is much nicer!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Scott on 17 July 2009
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This is an excellent way to learn to sing, it's a decent price, it's got a great understanding of knowledge to it, and I can learn to sing in a matter of no time. One of the best things I've bought so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven on 25 Oct. 2010
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Second best to Roger Love's book and CD but still a great product.
Both of them are very inspiring and fun to watch and the advice in the DVD is very useful to know!
Great stuff overall!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
I have been doing the steps on this dvd for about a month now. And I like it. The instructions are clear but it does take a while to grasp the technques. it really does improve your voice and I suppose the more I practice it the better I will get. The only thing with it is you cant get feed back off them to see if your doing it right (what do you expect LOL) when I started off I wasn't sure if i was doing the first few steps correct (the farward placement, you'll get what I mean once u get it) but as I did the steps over a few times I started to get it. I have not got to the end but I quckly ran through to have a look what i'll be doing and it looks really good and Makes a lot of sense! All in all very good!
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