For almost all of my 69 years, I have loved music. When I heard certain artists, I would think to myself “Hey - they are saying exactly what I would be saying if only I could sing.” No matter that the voice may have come from Ray Charles, or James Brown, or any number of other (mostly) African-American masters who had relatively little connection with a white kid from Buffalo, New York (who seemed to have a natural affinity for R&B). So I did the best I could: I sang - or tried to sing - in cars with the windows rolled up on the freeway where no one could hear my feeble attempts to duplicate the artistry that I heard in every raspy note. I wasn’t talented, wasn’t African-American, and wasn’t a singer!
When I was 35, I learned how to whistle. I mean, I learned how to do a REAL whistle. The kind of whistle that will get you a cab in midtown Manhattan on a rainy day. It happened because I saw a book in the University of Washington bookstore about WHISTLING. I had ALWAYS wanted to be able to whistle. It may seem trivial to most, but for me, it was a momentous event. I learned that it WAS indeed possible to NAIL at least one of the things on my bucket-list.
One small step for mankind…
In my “retirement,“ I began to drive for UBER at night (The alternative was watching the nightly news on television. No contest). I found myself in a situation in which making strange noises became totally acceptable. After a few tries at online singing lessons, I discovered Justin. And that’s when everything changed!
After agonizing about spending MORE money on what I felt might be a vanity project, I took the risk of ordering the first part of Justin’s course. I downloaded the audio segments onto my iPhone and hit the streets. Between UBER customers, I could be found doing Justin’s vocal exercises, which I soon found was like eating potato chips; I would do one and immediately want to do another. They were kind of addictive.
Fast-forward three short months: I am now practicing the ADVANCED exercises, and am able to do many of them quite well. Somewhere, somehow, a beautiful natural vibrato seemed to materialize. There are moments now where I can actually express myself vocally. I am still very much a beginner, but very cool sounds seem to happen, filling my life with a new soundtrack that actually lifts my spirits as much as it does my vocal range. I have discovered a whole new world! And I can take this world with me wherever I go! It feels wonderful!
I guess I’m lucky. I have a situation that allows me to practice every day for at least one lesson (40 minutes). So I do put in the time. BUT, the fact that I find it so totally enjoyable is a testament to Justin! He is a master teacher. The lessons build on previous ones, and what started as kind of a lark has become a discipline. A part of my day that I look forward to. I really can’t say enough good things about this course. If anyone reading this is wondering if this is right for them - as there are alternatives - I’d tell them to look no further. This course will likely exceed all your expectations.
The adventure continues. I wish you all the wonderful experience with learning that I have had. All the best!