So much is talked about the Estill method. Here is the great lady herself:
My grounding in the Estill method, all those years ago, is what enabled me to start teaching voice. This led on to a great deal more study but this was the perfect place to start and what I always recommend for other teachers. It was such a treat to see Jo Estill, herself, teaching on this DVD last week.
Some highlights from the DVD for me were her emphasis on the importance of voice colours, group learning, letting go of facial tension (tongue, jaw), keeping the effort till the end of the breath. The discussion about changing muscular activity or increasing body effort (and decreasing vocal effort) at the passage/bridge if not to end up in the ‘chipmunk’. A particular nice demo. 🙂 She briefly discusses the effect of vowels on resonance, breath flow on vibrato, placing the belt voice in the hand (in the clip). The importance of energy if we’re to sing high intensity songs (my clients here this from me like a broken record lol).
I particularly loved her discussion of the expression of ones highest self in performance rather than the ego state.
Her motivation to teach is summed up so nicely at the end of the clip and I hear you Jo Estill, I second it! (An instruction to voice teachers):
‘Show everyone in the world how beautiful they are inside, because once they know how beautiful they are inside then there’s nothing they can’t dream, nothing they can’t dream of doing ….and do it’.