- 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: 53 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000CDUWW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,384 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
You Can Sing-Seven Steps to Singing [DVD]
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Carrie and David Grant vocal coaches to stars including Melanie C and Will Young show the nation "theres a singer in all of us" with their first ever DVD You Can Sing - which contains invaluable guidance and technique tips that will help anyone to sing. For the first exciting time you will have a chance to step behind the spotlight with Carrie and David Grant, the UKs leading pop vocal coaches and discover the vocal training techniques that train superstars to improve their voices. This incredibly talented husband and wife team, whose client list is testament to their outstanding skill, demonstrate methods that can show the most tuneless how to sing and enhance the technique of the gifted.
You might be a budding diva or a total beginner but that doesnt matter, You Can Sing will benefit anyone who has a passion for bursting into song. Whether you want to sing on stage or in the shower, professionally or for pleasure, You Can Sing will show you all the techniques and skills to help achieve your own personal goals in seven easy steps.
- Step 1 Doing What Comes Naturally - Breathing as an extension to singing
- Step 2 Getting Started - Warm-up posture and forward placement
- Step 3 In the Right Place - The distinct parts of your voice
- Step 4 Aiming High - Discover your vocal range
- Step 5 Taking the Lows - Your low tones
- Step 6 - Flexing - Crescendo, diminuendo, vibrato and ad-libbing
- Step 7 Its Show Time - Interpret a song for the best performance
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 studentsamong 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 GalileeSee all Product description
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- 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.
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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But this DVD should REALLY have a section emphasizing what SINGING IN TUNE...Read more
learning the art of singing.
you will learn nothing form this