When I first met Dylan I was a shy 13-year-old girl with a big voice but with no confidence in my singing. He mentally and vocally strengthened me to become the singer I am today.
His vocal techniques and exercises have opened up my range. I now know the strengths and weaknesses, and am aware of what all the muscles in my mouth and throat are doing so I no longer strain my vocal folds, but have learned to balance and control my voice.
His techniques are like magic to my voice, within the second lesson I was hearing a difference, which I have never experienced with an other vocal coach or singing teacher.
I have been going to Dylan’s for less than a year but I am already catching a lot of attention through my performances. In August, I won Southampton’s Got Talent 2016, competing alongside adults.
I can’t believe how far I have progressed and I’m not the finished article yet.
With Dylan’s guidance, I am going from strength to strength and I’m excited for what the future may hold.
Here is one of my Skype students (meet George Brown)who has just released your debut EP...nice one George! :)
Beginner Student: I've always wanted to learn to sing properly but was so afraid to contact a teacher because I knew my voice wasn't very good and I thought that singing teachers were only interested in teaching people with 'good' voices. I definitely didn't need to worry about that with Dylan. He was so good at making me feel comfortable and by the end of my first lesson I could see he really knew what he was talking about. He identified the issues with my voice really quickly and gave me hope that my voice could be hugely improved. I always got a sore throat or lost my voice after doing a lot of singing before I had these lessons. Now, two months later, I have learned what I was doing wrong and I can sing without hurting my voice!
Thanks so much for the lessons (and juicing tips)- you really are a fantastic teacher!
I damaged my voice a little while back, and was advised to get singing lessons by my throat doctor, Dylan was not the first teacher in the Southampton area that I went to see, but after a couple of lessons I found that the previous teacher was showing me things that I know where not right, that's when I found Dylan. He has helped me to support my voice properly and to stop singing in my throat, these two things where the main reason for me damaging my voice in the first place.Thanks for all your help,
I came across Dylan’s website purely by accident on the internet, I was actually after an ENT specialist as I was sure I had damaged my voice and was extremely worried about this. I have been singing for 10 years and seen a few different singing teachers in the past but they are miles from being in the same league as Dylan.
After one lesson I went away feeling confident that my voice was going to be fine, and that I could become a better singer with Dylan’s help. He is a fantastic coach; he is funny and makes you feel so at ease in his company. He teaches you how correct technique should FEEL on the voice, instead of just preaching to you using many terms we have all heard hundreds of times over …. “Think down when you are singing a high note” …. And just expecting you to get on with it.
The warm ups he has provided me with, have been excellent and I use them before every gig. He also provides recordings of my lessons so that I can go away and work on them at home.
He really understood my concerns because he has been there and experienced it all himself. This makes a big difference to his coaching methods and he is living proof that you can regain the vocals you may have thought you had lost forever.
Dylan's been teaching me for little over 3 months now and in this
short space of time listeners have already noticed an improved quality
and power in my voice.
I've had several teachers in the past who haven't come close to the attention Dylan pays when you sing. He'll identify any problems or places to improve and after practising his suggested technique you'll no longer have the problem! Lessons are also made easier due to the friendly and relaxed manner in which Dylan will teach. I could go on forever and really wouldn't have a bad word to say. Legend.
Ben (Mossy Hollow)
I have been singing for the last 22 years but for the last 5 -6 years my voice had really gone downhill. So much so that it was painful to talk and it would feel like I had a lump in my throat. All the control had gone from my singing and my voice was a mess. It was really affecting my day to day life. My Doctor said it was nodules But it wasn’t. I’ve had cameras up my nose to find the problem and even had a biopsy of my throat. All paid for privately and throughout all of this and my problem was still there.
The doctors really didn’t seem to care about my problem (one of them didn’t even look up from his computer when I saw him.). It seemed like they just wanted to push me from one to the other and spread my cash around, but none of this fixed my voice. The last straw was when I was told by “THE BEST E.N.T. SURGEON IN HAMPSHIRE” to go to the “BEST VOICE THERAPIST I KNOW”. Well for a start I had to wait 3 weeks for my first appointment then I found out that it was going to cost me £100 a pop but I thought if it sorts me out it would be worth it. The first few times were ok and seamed to help me a little. On the 3rd appointment she didn’t turn up! Apparently she forgot!!
I’d given up. It had cost me way over £3000 and the pain in my voice was more bearable than the pain in my wallet and the pain the arse I was getting from the medical “help”.
Then out of the blue a friend of mine said that she had found a new singing teacher and she said he was good. So I booked a lesson. WOW!!!
After just 10 min it was clear that Dylan was going to help me. We talked and he gave me just a few exercises to start with. After that first week the pain in my throat had almost gone and a little of my control was back. After the second week the pain had got to a point that I could feel before it came and I could stop it before it started. That on its own would make me happy but my voice is getting better too. It’s been 5 weeks now and although I know I have a long way to go I’m sure that with Dylan’s help I’m going to get my voice back and better than it was before.
I WISH I’D TALKED TO DYLAN WHEN MY VOICE FIRST STARTED PLAYING UP.
If I can sum it up in one piece of advice it would be “Don’t waste your time and money with anybody else. Give Dylan a try”
Dylan has been, and continues to be an excellent vocal trainer, each
lesson has been a positive step towards my ultimate goal of total
protection of my singing voice through learning proper, safe
technique. As a professional singer I need to be at the top of my game
to stay ahead and I would highly recommend Dylan's vocal techniques
program to help anybody achieve that.
Before I came to Dylan I felt like my gigging days were over, and that my voice was going was on a downward spiral. I was barely making it through gigs and my speaking voice was constantly croaky.
From having my first lesson with Dylan I felt so much more optimistic about getting my voice back on track, as he instantly was able to explain why my voice had become that way and offered some really good exercises on helping it to repair.
I am continually learning so much about how the voice works, and more importantly understanding how to sing correctly. His warm ups have been amazing and recently I was able to do three gigs in less than 48 hours without my voice taking a battering, I never thought this would be possible! I now feel because I have found this amazing teacher that I am more confident than ever about my singing future, and the guys in the band have noticed how much the quality of my voice has improved.
Dylan is everything you would want from a vocal coach, patient, enthusiastic and dedicated to making you be the best you can be!
I’m a guitarist first, and began singing out of necessity really as I wanted to perform at open mic nights whilst at university a few years back; I’ve also in the past been in several bands providing backing vocals. Naturally, at the open mic nights I wanted to do covers like Muse and other demanding songs, and I did for a while, however my technique back then was all wrong, and over time, unknowingly, I developed vocal nodules by pushing myself way too hard.
I found out I had them a few weeks before I was due to start gigging with the band I’m in now, my voice just didn’t operate like a normal healthy voice. This was a major setback as it was my first outing as a lead vocalist, my confidence plummeted after their discovery. I had no choice but to have surgery to remove the nodules.
I rang round many vocal coaches for advice on the matter and to see if they could help me after the surgery, but no one would touch me with a barge pole. I came across Dylan’s site out of the blue, and gave him a call. It was without doubt the most worthwhile call I had made in years, Dylan knew exactly where I was coming from, he’d been through similar experiences himself. He gave me good advice over the phone on exercises to try to get my voice back on track. It came as a relief, as I started losing confidence in vocal coaches in general, but Dylan actually knows what he’s talking about. Dylan sincerely cares about his students voices. His enthusiasm and knowledge beamed over the phone; I booked a lesson right away.
For me, my lessons with Dylan are more like rehabilitation for the voice. My voice was in a dark, dark place not so long ago, I found it hard gigging for 30 mins without being exhausted vocally! Dylan soon had me singing for 1.5 hours comfortably. The band is on the up. My voice and confidence is noticeably better with each lesson and Dylan has a never ending list of techniques to try in order to get the voice performing the best it can. He’s a top bloke, the atmosphere is chilled and there’s plenty of humour. I’m just gutted I didn’t meet Dylan several years back!
Make no mistake Dylan is the Pele of vocal coaches!
I have been singing for 15 years and always thought that my voice was ok
but that it could be improved. I had never had singing lessons as I didn't
want to sing like everybody else.
When I met Dylan, I felt comfortable and straight away reassured that I
would learn techniques which would help my voice get stronger and clearer
without loosing what was unique about it.
We work at my own pace and Dylan is tailoring each course to my needs.
I have made huge progress in just a few months. The members of my band
and my friends said that my voice was stronger, more powerful and they
could understand the words better.
Dylan is a very dedicated coach who will bring the best in your voice. He also happens to be a great guy and I look forward to every lesson.