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Mastering Harmony Review

mastering-harmony-headIf you have ever tried singing in harmony you know how difficult it can be, even with a simple song. Even those with professional training sometimes have difficulty doing it, which is why a lot of people are now using Brett Manning’s Mastering Harmony, and it seems to work for them. But does it really have the goods or just hype? I was curious myself so I decided to review the product and find out the facts.

What is Mastering Harmony?

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Mastering Harmony was created by vocal coach Brett Manning from Singing Success and Claude McKnight of the 10 time Grammy winning group Take 6. With this program anyone can train and learn what singing in harmony is all about and how it’s done.

The program consists of one Mastering Harmony DVD and four other CDs which according to Brett Manning are packed with information and instructions for singing in harmony. According to Manning, this is a one of a kind program that teaches everything you need to know about harmonious singing.

The CDs and DVD are filled with dozens of specially designed techniques and exercises as well as secrets and anecdotes about harmonious singing. Mastering Harmony also contains tips from Claude McKnight, and there are very simple lessons to get beginners started.

The first lesson in Mastering Harmony focuses on voice coordination so your vocals will blend harmoniously with another. The program uses a number of innovative techniques so your ear learns how to distinguish different sounds. In addition to this Mastering Harmony teaches you how to coordinate and perfect your tones.

The Benefits of Mastering Harmony

One of the things I like about Mastering Harmony is it uses mp3, mp4 and wmv, so you won’t have any problems finding a program to open and view those files. The instructions are also very clear and easy to follow. Some of the questions that are always asked such as how to hear and sing harmonies are answered here.

I also like the fact that Mastering Harmony teaches you how to find out whether you are singing in alto or tenor range and how background vocals are properly related to melodies. I also like the way Mastering Harmony is structured, starting with some simple lessons so by the time you move on to the next lesson you will be in a better position to handle it.

Mastering Harmony also does a good job explaining basic concepts, and there are several tips provided so you don’t end up singing off pitch and make other common mistakes. I also have to note that Manning makes good use of anecdotes and parables, adding interest to the lessons.

I can’t stress how important the “fun” factor is. With five discs to go through, it’s a good thing Manning keeps things going so people don’t lose interest.

Reviews of Mastering Harmony

Of course I knew that I couldn’t just rely on blurb, so I checked some online reviews. Most of them are actually very positive. The review at singingsolutions states that:

mastering-harmony-back(Mastering Harmony) “takes your singing to the next level…” and that if you are keen on “harmonizing with others then the Singing Success Mastering Harmony: Volume One is definitely for you.” The review also takes due notice of the program’s versatility, pointing out that:

(Mastering Harmony) has “fun and creative voice workouts” and “whether you are a “backup singer… in a choir…or lead vocal…the program will be helpful.”

I also read a review at squidoo.com and it says the DVD and CDs walks you through “voice training exercises…and vocal techniques.” Also, the review says that the instructions “are streamlined” and easy to follow.

Based on these reviews, it became obvious to me that a lot of people have used the program and achieved the desired results. A lot of the reviews also show that people have never had problems using it. What I also find remarkable is that many of these reviewers are totally new to singing in harmony and yet learned the basics quickly.

Some Disadvantages

While I do like Mastering Harmony, and based on reviews, works really well, there are a couple of things you need to understand about it. First the entire program is over 545 MB, so you will need a pretty fast Internet connection to download those files. If you have a good Internet connection though this won’t be a problem.

The other thing I have to point out is that you need to go through the entire Mastering Harmony program. This isn’t something you can skim through and learn to sing harmoniously. In other words, you must be patient and have discipline. Besides those two issues however, there really much about this program to complain about.

Advice for Buyers

If you want to order a copy of Brett Manning’s Mastering Harmony you can go to its official website. It’s available for just $99.95, and it has a 6 month money back guarantee, which is superior to the usual 8 weeks you get from other singing programs. The entire program is available for download and works with both Mac and Windows systems.

Since the entire program is available for download, you don’t have to wait for shipping or worry that the product will arrive damaged.
I have to warn you there are fake versions being peddled in other websites. Stay away from those sites. The versions sold on those sites are incomplete and pirated which is why they are cheaper.

Conclusion

Before I started this review I admit I was somewhat skeptical of Brett Manning’s Mastering Harmony, knowing how difficult singing in harmony can be. But after thoroughly reviewing it I have to admit that’s an outstanding program and does exactly what it says, and Manning does a good job showing you how professionals sing in harmony.

In other words, it’s a great vocal training program so I recommend it. For less than a hundred bucks it’s really quite a bargain.

 

 

 

Brett Manning – Author of Singing Success

brettmanningOne of the things that you should do when looking for a singing program is the background of its founder. This is necessary of course, as it gives you an idea of how good the program is. There are many great vocal coaches around, and one of the most successful today is Brett Manning. He has worked with artists like Taylor Swift, Wes Hampton and Keith Urban among others, but there’s more to him than that.

Background Information

brett-manningBrett was born in Grants Pass, Oregon on April 27, 1966. His family relocated to Ogden, Utah, and he would spend the majority of childhood there. When Brett was 19 he went to college at Utah University where he would study dance and musical theater. Brett wanted to participate in the theater but quickly realized that he didn’t have the vocal power and range required to land the parts he wanted.

To make up for this, Brett began taking vocal lessons from the local instructors, but he wasn’t making the progress that he wanted. It was at this point that Brett decided to study on his own and discover how the human voice works.

But he didn’t just study on alone, as he also worked closely with some of the best vocal teachers at the time. He learned many facts about vocal theories, and his understanding grew. But rather than just be content with theories, Brett used his new found knowledge to instruct other singers the methods he had learned.

But Brett didn’t just rely on the information he learned, he started formulating his own method. This would eventually lead to the development of his studios and vocal training programs.

After years of studying, researching and creating his own vocal techniques, Manning opened his first studio in Salt Lake City. Thanks to the method he developed the students enrolled in his class saw dramatic improvements in their singing ability. Naturally this boosted his popularity and he would become very much in demand in the region.

Brett Manning Studios and Beyond

The success of Brett’s students inspired him to further his research and study into the human voice. Through his experimentation and research, he came up with other methods that would make it easier for people to learn how to study.

In 1997, Manning and his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and it was here he began teaching some of the best artists today. He not only became more widely known but earned a reputation as one of the best vocal teachers in the world thanks to his ability to find problems in the voice of singers, diagnose the problem and rectify it.

Today Brett continues to teach at the renowned Brett Manning Studios in Nashville. He now works with several highly skilled and certified vocal coaches, all of whom he trained personally. Using the methods he developed, Brett instructs people interested in different music genres.

As testament to his skills and knowledge, Brett has been consulted and done work for record labels such as MCA, Dreamworks, Columbia, Capitol and Sony among others. Brett has also done work with several indie labels and artists.

From his humble beginnings Manning has gone to become one of the most successful vocal coaches in the US. His Brett Manning Studios are very successful and coached award winning artists, but today he is best known for Singing Success, a vocal training program that allows you to learn at home.

What is Singing Success?

singingsuccess3According to Manning, this program will teach you how to become a singer, covering as it does all the vital topics like extending vocal range, improving pitch and tone, and have absolute control of your voice. The package consists of a dozen CDs, an instructional workbook and a tutorial DVD.

Many people have tried the program and seem to have attained success. Jaime Vendera, who wrote “Raise Your Voice” said in his review that “Singing Success is very comprehensive…more so than others I’ve tried…it’s A+.”

His sentiment is also shared by Scott who wrote that program exercises “is very helpful…and the CDs are invaluable.” Other reviewers like Steve Mallardi and Deneyse Ellen Varnsdale also say that Singing Success has helped improve their singing.

I also came across testimonials and other reviews that agree with these assessments. These include Emily Irene who said Singing Success “has taken her voice to another level.” Other reviews that I have read are from Lyndon Barrington Allen who said Singing Success has made singing as easy as talking, and Liz Jackson who said it has helped her a lot in her singing.

Conclusion

After thoroughly reviewing Singing Success, I think it is a program that I like. It’s very comprehensive and covers most topics that aspiring singers need to be aware of. I’ve seen and tried a number of other programs so I have a good base. But for $140, I believe there are better options out there. Check out Singorama for example.

Singing Success Review – Is It Really Worth It?

If you’ve been researching singing programs on the web, you may have heard of Brett Manning’s Singing Success method. It’s been generating a lot of buzz, too. I was kind of curious about it myself so I did some research. Since you’re probably wondering whether Singing Success works or if it’s just hype, you might find this review useful.

What is the Singing Success Program?

This is a vocal singing program developed by Brett Manning so you can have a virtual coach anywhere you are. The program covers all the important aspects of singing such as pitch, style and tone. Whatever style you want to sing, you can use this program to master the necessary style.

The system comes with a dozen CDs, an instructional workbook and a tutorial DVD. There are many topics covered in the program such as reaching the whistle register, how to sing in different genres, how to sing like a contemporary artist, and how to reduce vocal strain. The latter is one of the most important features of this program, and essential for beginners and advanced singers.

At the same time you will learn how vibrato is developed, runs, licks and trills and how to increase your vocal power without causing strain. Breathing and range extensions are covered in the program as well. Since the Singing Success came out it has been a huge success and is now available in over 100 countries.

The Benefits of Singing Success

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According to Manning, the Singing Success method will add an octave to your vocals. This is something that isn’t offered in other programs, so for that feature alone it is worth the price. However, Manning claims it has many other benefits.

• The techniques and exercises were designed by Manning for the use of professionals and those who are just learning how to sing.

• The CDs are very comprehensive and detailed.

• The exercises in the program will literally change the way you sing, not only improving it but also reduce the pressure on your vocal cords.

• The techniques are suitable for any genre, something that isn’t applicable with other singing programs.

• The videos are very easy to follow.

• The 6 month guarantee is one of the best in the industry today, a testament to how powerful and reliable it is.

• The booklet is feature packed and provides all the information you need.

I also want to say that the Singing Success method is very entertaining. There are no long, boring lessons here and no technical, confusing jargon either. I also have to say that this program works with Manning’s other products like Perfect Pitch Ear Training Series and The Pro Singer’s Warm Up, but you don’t need them to use Singing Success.

What are People Saying? – From Other Singing Success Review Sites

Singing Success RatingsWhile the program does have benefits, I wanted to read the reviews and see what people really had to say about it. I read a review at lovemusictoday.com, and they rate it highly. The reviewer says Singing Success “is a big help for anyone who wants to use it” and that “it sets the benchmark” for other singing programs.

Foreversinging.com also published a Singing Success review and the reviewer said “Singing Success rocked me…and instructed me on the proper way to sing.” I also read another review at sbwire.com, and it refers to Singing Success as “the world’s leading singing method”, and “has proven to be effective by thousands of people.”

Also, two reviewers at Amazon, Jaime Vendera and S. Johnson, gave it five stars. Another online reviewer, Scott, gave Singing Success and says the “exercises are very helpful” and he highly recommends it.

After going through the reviews, it seems clear to me that the Singing Success works very well, and it is really able to deliver. Not only are their numerous testimonials, but I have yet to read a review complaining of shipping delays. This is one of the problems I often encounter with singing programs that have “physical” copies, but the Singing Success is an exception.

Disadvantages

Many of the reviews are positive and a lot of people seem to have used it with great success. But it isn’t perfect and there are some drawbacks with it. For one thing it requires commitment, and you need to follow the exercises carefully.

Another issue with the program is there are a lot of materials to go over. If you’re the impatient type then Singing Success isn’t for you. But if you are serious about improving your singing voice, then this program will be for you. Overall, there really aren’t a lot of negative features here, and there are no glitches with it.

Singing Success is way too expensive for what it offers. Check out our review of Singorama instead. It is much more affordable and it is a very high quality program.

Advice for Buyers

The Singing Success is available on the official website. The downloadable version costs $199.95 and comes with all the CDs and other tutorials. The physical version costs $200 plus handling and shipping. There’s a calculator provided so you can determine the shipping costs.

The physical version offers several payment plans: 7 payments: $28.43, 4 payments: $49.75, 2 payments: $100 and a single payment of $200. You can also buy the Singing Success and their Mastering Mix for $349.95, saving a hundred dollars if you bought each separately.

I believe this price is way too high for the product. It is good, but it is not worth the price tag.

I would also advise you to do some comparison shopping too. The lessons provided in this course maybe a bit too technical for a lot of people out there. So, if you are still starting out and you need some coaching on the fundamentals and a more step by step line by line approach then maybe look for another system that better suits your needs.

Conclusion

I have reviewed a number of other singing methods online, but only a handful of them are as good as Brett Manning’s Singing Success. Is it the best one out there? I would take a rain check on that for now.

Consider the pros and cons mentioned here in this review and do some comparison shopping. Singorama is in my opinion a much better and much more affordable option.