Hey guys. I'm new to the forum and am really liking how much useful information is on here. Thought I'd contribute!
I've started taking lessons with a wonderful vocal coach. Her name is Sally Morgan. She's in the upper west side. She's developed her own method called Sing You Like Speak.
I got her name through a friend of mine after asking him about his vocal training. The guy is a great singer. Really good. I figured if I wanted to record an album and really do it up in NYC, I had to step my game up. I called Sally and set up a lesson.
Honest to god, after the first lesson, I knew i was gonna get somewhere if I kept it up and after two lessons, had a much easier time at the recording studio. A LOT less strain, better access to upper and lower registers just by thinking about speaking before starting to sing... I know, it sounds a bit contradicting but I'm telling you it works.
Check her out. She's got a bunch of videos on youtube if you want to get a taste of how she goes about it all. In fact, check out this link:
Here's another quick lesson she has up on youtube:
Just wanted to bring her to everyone's attention 'cause it's tough to find someone who can really teach contemporary voice and since a lot of us are trying to do contemporary music, it makes sense to point her out.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave her a message at (646) 450-SING.
If you'd like more info, check out SingLikeYouSpeak.com.