Hey everyone, my name is Neil Firth from Manchester, England and singing has been my passion for well over 30 years. In this time I have experienced both frustration and elation with my singing voice.
I have tried just about every singing style, technique and vocal exercise out there and although you probably wouldn’t call me the best singer in the world, I certainly know what it takes to get the best out of the voice I’ve been given.
The reason I felt compelled to create this site was to help people all over the world, just like you, improve their singing voice and achieve life changing experiences through music.
By developing your knowledge of how your voice works, not only will you maximise your vocal potential and vocal health, but also your enjoyment of singing. I intend to cut through all the jargon that’s around and explain things in simple step by step terms, using tried and tested vocal exercise regimes.
I’m going to share my personal experiences with you and what I have discovered over many years through my own ‘trial and error’ experiments.
Can I ask that if I ever say anything that captures your interest, that you get involved within my site. I love to talk about singing and vocal health and if you have anything interesting that you want to share or any opinions of any of the content I have created on my site, please do speak up. I love feedback in every form.
So now to me…
I’m 47 years old and was born in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. I specialise in ‘a cappella’ singing which is basically singing without musical accompaniment. I figured if I can learn to sing without musical backing, singing with it further down the line should be a whole load easier. I started singing when I was 12 years old and have never looked back.
I’m currently the director of The Cottontown Chorus, a 60 member strong a cappella group from Bolton, England and 6 times UK Champion. We thoroughly enjoy sharing our love of singing and music all over the world. We have also been a previous winner of the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition, the Llangollen Eisteddfod and the adult section of the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year, one of the most prestigious choral competitions in the UK.
Singing and music enriches your life and the feel good factor and health benefits you get from singing well are second to nothing. Also, let me dispel a rumour here. Having the best natural singing voice is not important. You can have the most amazing voice but if you don’t know how to use it properly, it can be the ultimate disappointment.
If you feel you have an ordinary voice or ‘less than’ ordinary voice, you can still learn to sing well and it can be one of the most compelling experiences on earth. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t sing. In my opinion everyone can learn to sing ‘better’ and get the best out of their voice with the correct guidance.
As I have already mentioned, I have tried just about every vocal exercise imaginable. Not because I never succeed, but quite the contrary. I almost always succeed with them. If you have a goal in mind then you should try absolutely everything that’s available to you in order to be successful.
I went from being a quiet 12 year old kid who was too shy and nervous to sing in front of people, to become a multi-national champion a cappella singer and multi-national champion choir director.
All of this seemed impossible over 30 years ago, but with the right guidance, drive and determination to succeed, I made it happen. Now you can too.
I really hope you enjoy the site and all the benefits it can offer to help you achieve your own singing goals.
If you ever need any feedback or support regarding your singing or vocal health, I would be more than happy to connect. Simply leave a comment and make sure you visit my site regularly as I am always updating it with new and crazy ‘ideas and information’ that I come across that I think you will find interesting.
So for now, I wish you all the best with your singing and thanks for dropping by! 🙂