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The Scoop on CVT – Complete Vocal Technique

Sep 16, 2021

So far, we’ve talked about Speech Level Singing and The Estill Vocal Method. Now in today’s vlog post and video I’m going to talk about the Complete Vocal Technique also known as CVT. 

For starters, it was originated by Cathrine Sadolin, a Danish singer and voice researcher from Copenhagen -- around 1992.                       

Cahtrine was diagnosed with severe asthma when she was just a child. So, her doctors recommended that she take singing lessons to improve her breathing. During her many years of studies, she found it very confusing and frustrating that she got so many conflicting ideas going from teacher to teacher, that she decided to go on a quest to understand the voice. 

She began researching the anatomy and physiology of the voice and learned to emulate the sounds of her favorite singers. With her research results in hand, she set out to create an easy-to-understand vocal technique based on her scientific findings. Her main goal was to avoid the confusion she experienced in her own voice training.


Here's a short video of Catherine explaining her technique …
(Click image below to watch video.)


The Complete Vocal Technique breaks down into four overall modes. Also that if you stay in the center of the mod, you will be able to sing all kinds of styles without hurting their voice. 

This also means the singer can change the color of their voice from light to dark according to the sound they want to achieve after choosing a vocal mode. Changing the color of their voice can be done by altering the many different structures in the voice, such as the position of the larynx or the shape of the tongue. Also if desired, the singer may choose other effects they wish to use with their voice. A singer may use distortion or a vocal break. 

CVT aims to help singers create whatever vocal sound they like in a way that preserves their vocal health. According to CVT, as long as the student abides by the CVT principles, the vocalist will be able to create whatever sound they want without damaging their voice.

So, if you're an established singer who wants to learn about adding color and effects to your voice, such as distortion, growl, and creek, then CVT is for you. It however does not advocate for the traditional vocal warm-ups, as it tends to be difficult for new singers -- or already classically trained singers to grasp. 

Speaking of … there are also a few concepts like "metal" that do not have clear definitions. 

I honestly find that most of my students take to it very well. While others find it has too many “rules” and that it constrains them, rather than giving them limitless possibilities.


Stay tuned … In the next vlog, I'm going to talk about a hybrid technique that takes the best aspects of each one of the methods and puts them in one package, giving you the best of all worlds and more.



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