Margaret & Gladys
Margaret Dylan Jones
W.A. composer, pianist,
teacher, article writer
Category: Singing, speech, vocal health
Subject: DVD singing lessons, online course
Origin: Per Bristow
Reviewed by Margaret: 2 June 2010, revised 17 April 2011.
- Sing With Freedom DVD set
- Sing With Freedom digital version
- The Singing Zone membership (site)
- Ear Training
- Rhythm School
- Sight Reading
Rating: excellent, useful for anyone
Bristow Voice Method/The Singing Zone
Sing, Speak & Perform
with Power, Confidence and Freedom
I'm very impressed with this guy. In his videos he talks about all the
singing and learning to sing which I've heard about or
taught to my own students for decades.
Per Bristow is not only a master singing teacher, he's a master
communicator. The videos are fun, easy to understand, comprehensive,
and make you feel like you're having a one-to-one lesson with him. It
always feels like a privilege. (But see the Cons
& Conclusions at
the end, and my site
disclaimer & voice disclosure.)
comprehensive voice program includes breathing for singing (quite a
controversial subject I've been very interested in since the 1980s), a
musicianship program, how to sing without strain, and lots of other
good advice from a great teacher.
It's directed at singers of all ages, styles and levels. This
home-study training program is useful for
professional singers, up-and-coming artists, and hobbyists.
Per Bristow is a top
teacher, with great depth and breadth to his understanding and
experience, now spilling all the beans. And more than simply telling it
it is, he expertly guides you, step by step, to real
To help you access all the features of your vocal instrument a teacher
needs enormous insight into human nature and where you’re coming from.
Bristow’s teaching is based on the real fundamentals of physiology,
psychology, and his own wonderful gifts as a teacher.
Have you experienced vocal discomfort, physical pain and lack of
confidence? Per claims his course will improve your vocal
fatigue, hoarseness or weakness. He’ll get you singing those high
notes, and give your voice the depth, richness and power you would like.
He can do all this and more. I don't doubt you will gain a newfound
freedom to your physical and inner voice.
My name is Margaret D. Jones. I’ve taught hundreds of singers in dozens
of styles at many levels for decades, but I’m so impressed with Per
Bristow that I’m recommending his program to my
Perhaps you don’t like the tone and quality of your voice…you feel
reserved and uncomfortable expressing yourself…or you have difficulty
singing on key or in harmony. Then this is for you.
The Bristow Voice Method is taking the world by storm as the leading
home-based study course.
I know myself there are many strange ideas out there, COMPLETELY WRONG
ideas, about the voice which have caused a lot of trouble for singers.
Most people have come to believe that singing training is about singing
scales. Most people believe some esoteric form of breath-control is
needed to sing. You may have been told to stand with good posture, sing
through your mask, open your mouth on high notes, or -- what Per
considers the most destructive instruction of them all: feel as if
you’re yawning. He's quite right that, unfortunately, these notions
often create restrictions
rather than the freedom we seek.
His course will help you:
You'll know how to warm up effectively, and you'll gain awareness and
knowledge of your own voice so you can coach yourself in the
- sing high notes with less effort than ever
before without your voice 'breaking'
- sing long notes and phrases without running
out of breath
- release strain and tension, keep your voice
healthy, avoid damage, and more.
Per says: "The real magic happens
when you experience a shift within you... When your CONFIDENCE SOARS...
you experience a newfound sense of FREEDOM... you discover the secret
to rapid learning... you become more SPONTANEOUS, CHARISMATIC and ALIVE
in every way.
"Now you become a captivating performer. Now you become an empowered
human being. And now singing becomes REALLY FUN!"
My own speciality is turning around voice problems and
fixing the vocal health issues of singers and speakers. And I teach
While Per Bristow's advice will often help with these problem
situations, and it won't hurt anyone's voice, it's not targeted at
Most students find they really need someone to hear them sing, and
speak, and to
observe the way they use their body to make vocal sounds. This is true
for singers and singing students at any level with perfectly healthy
voices, as well as those with noticeable problems. (If you're in
Perth give me a call, my students say I have "ears in the back of my
Improving vocal health or solving certain singing issues requires
look at an individual's vocal history, via interview and the taking of
notes. None of this is possible with videos.
This is a wonderful home-study singing course, all on its own. I can't
imagine anyone doing it better, it covers so much ground in a really
well thought out way. Most people, regardless of their level,
experience or lack of experience, will be glad they took it up.
It's also great in combination with live lessons with your local
teacher, if that teacher is in tune with Per Bristow's own profound
knowledge of voicework.
The musicianship sections (Ear Training, Rhythm School & Sight
Reading) ensure you become a more well-rounded musician. Training in
these aspects is not usually provided by singing teachers, so they make
This excellent programme is highly recommended -- useful for anyone.
How do I know this product?
My experience of the Bristow Voice Method comes from one of my
students. I'd never heard of Per Bristow until Gladys (see pic above)
brought the method to a lesson one day to ask me if it was OK to use. I
spent several months assessing it with her help.
Voice Method & The
Singing Zone to go to Per Bristow's site.
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