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& Notable Singers
Trained by Thomas Appell
"Thomas has helped me increase my range and my full voice has gained so much power. He is a great vocal coach and really cares about his students. I have seen so much improvement in myself and other students he works with."
– Sara Hazeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Been giving vocal technique training and performance coaching to up and coming pop/country singer/songwriter Sara Haze. Sara Haze's album "The Ladder" was the winner in Music Connection Magazine's 2008 top 100 unsigned bands and artists best Overall CD Project in any category (tie with Jesse McCartney). Check out her website and go see her live. She's soo good!
Jerod Farmes - lead singer for the rock band ALEVELA
Extended full voice range to Eb above tenor HIGH C.
Completed All 12 Fundamental Series Lessons
Jo De La Rosa
Jo De La Rosa from "Date My Ex: Jo & Slade " & "The Real Housewives of Orange County."
5 Note Full Voice Range Increase After Third Lesson
Regarding Thomas Appell's book NEVER GET ANOTHER COLD, showing singers how to protect themselves from cold and flu viruses.
"I truly admire the time and talent you have devoted toward writing a book that provides motivation for others to live a healthy life. My administration is doing all it can to improve the situation in California and I appreciate all of your efforts."
Completed all 12 Fundamental Series Lessons and can now sing up to G above tenor HIGH C in full voice.
Emmy Award Winning Sound Designer/Producer/Musician from Burbank, CA.
"I've been a musician all of my live and one of the things that I've always wanted to do is to ba able to sing very well but I always felt very limited because my normal speaking voice is a baritone and I could never seem to be able to hit a note higher than about E above middle C and have it sound halfway decent. A little bit about my background - I've been a musician but my profession is post production audio. I've done a lot of work over the years with different people. One of my biggest clients was James Cameron and I was fortunate enough to win an Emmy award for sound editing on a project I did with him. I started one week ago (training) with Thomas. That very first day I hit in full voice a high E thanks to the techniques that Thomas showed me and it was not hard. I actually was able to do it very easily and realize that this is an octave above the E that I previously had to really strain to hit. Now it's been one week. I'm back and today I hit a high Ab (above tenor high C) and it sounds probably better than the E (above tenor High C) that I hit the week before. I'm very excited about the possibilities this is opening up for me. I'm going to be able to sing things I never thought I would ever be able to sing much sooner than I ever thought I'd be able to do it and it's all thanks to Thomas' instruction, following his advice and practicing the lessons that he's given me. "
"Hey guys - Chase McGuire. I came to Thomas about two and a half years ago to learn how to sing. I had no idea what to do with my voice. He taught me vibrato, he taught me tone and he taught me how to sing comfortably without straining. From the skills that I learned here I got a part on Glee in the thanksgiving episode. I got a starring role in a film where the producers flew me out to Utah because they liked the tone of my voice and they liked the way that I look. I was recently on an episode of Austin and Ally playing the bass. What I'm trying to say is if you want to further your career vocally, musically or even in acting, Thomas is the guy to go to. I vouch for him. I don't know where I'd be if I didn't step into this studio. Now I get to do what I love for a living. I can't ask for anything more - so thank you Thomas.""
"I've been working with Thomas for about a year and a half now. When I came to Thomas I didn't even know how to sing. I didn't know that I wanted to be a singer until probably a month before I contacted him. I noticed myself wanting to sing more and I couldn't sing and it really bothered me. I saw Thomas' website and I contacted him immediately. I've been working with him ever since. My voice has gone from zero to like a hundred and beyond and I have him to thank for it. He has all of the answers. He pulled out a voice in me that I didn't know I had."
"I saw your book, I ordered it, and I liked what I saw. I looked you up. I sent you an email and we arranged the lessons. I knew it was going to be good but this has blown away any expectations I had. This has just been so amazing. The first day I hit a tenor high C in full voice. Today (second day) I hit a soprano high C in falsetto which is really, really cool. If you're out there and you're thinking about whether you should come or not - you should come. You should come see Thomas."
"I got an email from amazon.com recommending books I might be interested in and Thomas' book showed up. I ordered it and the very next day I was on the phone to Thomas, talking to him and I was just so blown away that I said, 'I've got to go down and see this guy.' There was no question about it. Within a few days I was on a plane. I got up at four in the morning, flew to California, walked off the plane exhausted (as you can imagine) and walked into the studio and we had our first lesson. In that first lesson he had me singing a C above soprano high C which was crazy and beyond my wildest dreams. It's been an amazing experience. Thomas is just such a wealth of knowledge and his understanding of the voice as an instrument is just incredible. It's surpassed my expectations of why I came and what I needed to do. Thomas has taught me a great deal in a very short time period. He brings it all together so you get the range, the quality of sound, the ease of production - everything you really need to know to sing well."
Trained with me for 25 years
Excerpt From Rick Mendoza Video Testimonial
"I've been seeing Tom on and off for the last 25 years. In all these years I've never looked for another teacher. Tom's the best at what he does. Everything about his technique is natural. There's no strain on the vocal cords. It's just amazing what he can do with your voice."
15 Year old Ashwyn and I wrote a great song together
Excerpt From Ashwyn's Video Testimonial
"I been training with Thomas for about a year now. I'm really learning a lot. When I first started I couldn't even sing in full voice. I didn't know how - I couldn't sing any high notes even in falsetto. I did the 12 fundamental series lessons and I gained so much range. Now I can sing in full voice pretty high - much higher than I could even sing in falsetto before I started. We started working on some songs. Some were covers, some were written by Thomas. One day there was a power outage but I still wanted to come to the studio to train and work on songs, but we couldn't really use the equipment because there was a power outage and it was pitch black. You could barely even see your hand in front of you. So we lit candles and sat down and I said why don't we wrote a song. We just started writing the song and things just flowed. Within 30 minutes we already had the whole song down and the chords for melody. Then I sang it and it just worked - it was like magic. After that I kept coming in every week to work on the song. We worked on melodies, harmonies, all that stuff. Now today I just did the video and had a lot of fun and it's a great song."
"I have multiple sclerosis. My lungs had shut down. I was breathing with oxygen pretty much off and on during the day and all through the night. I've been doing the exercises Thomas gave me. I went to my doctor two days ago and he listened to my lungs and was rather amazed, he said 'Your lungs are open again.' I was just hoping to learn how to breath through my diaphragm, not expecting it would affect my lungs - but it's done both along with having this beautiful gift of singing. So I just thank Thomas. I'm just really, really deeply grateful. I hope other people that watch this will be motivated to come and take some lessons with Thomas."
"I've been training with Thomas Appell for about two years now. Before training with Thomas I could sing high notes but they were very weak. I often would go into falsetto and sing out of tune. But after training with Thomas I can sing much higher in full voice (without going into falsetto). We do a lot of ear training that helps me sing a lot more in tune. Now I can sing just as good live as I do in recordings. If you're looking for a vocal coach you should go to Thomas Appell because he's helped me and I know he can help you too."
Dominique Gomez: "Training with Thomas has definitely strenghened my range - made it a lot better. It's trained my ear too - going over each tiny little part in my songs."
Brenda Gomez (Dominique's mom): "She's taken your technique and used it for her advantage. She's definitely hitting these higher notes that she would (previously) be yelling or straining to do and she'a actually clear and much more pleasant - the sound.
Note: Dominique trained with Thomas from age 12-15
"Thomas Appell has been my first vocal coach. He's really helped me increase my range and helped with my style. Before I cam to Thomas my vibrato was like all over the place - now I can control it. Now I'm recording in the studio and it's a lot of fun. If you're considering taking lessons I would consider coming to him because he helps with everything. You should give him a call. One of the most memorable experiences working with Thomas was when we played back my first recording for my mom and she started crying. I just wouldn't have been able to pull off that song (Waiting for the Light) without his help." Julia's dad.... "To hear her recordings after her 12 basic sessions and all of the training that she's done was absolutely stunning."
"Being a Los Angeles Clippers cheerleader has given me lots of opportunities to showcase my skills as a singer. I've sung the national anthem twice for Clippers games at the Staples center and I'm working on my career as a recording artist.
You can't miss in front of a crowd of 18,000 people, and the vocal technique Thomas presents in this book and teaches in private lessons has given me the ability to consistently hit very high notes with ease and no strain. I increased my range by seven notes using this technique. If you want to increase your range without straining, buy this book and train with Thomas. You won't be disappointed."
16 year old singer from Mumbai, India
"We found your website, the testimonials and the songs to be fantastic. Training with you is my pleasure. I never ever drempt that I would cross the seven seas to the U.S. for my vocal training (Pawni flew 8,400 miles from India to train with Thomas for a month). I have increased my range by 8-10 notes of full voice. I really like my sound. My voice used to shake and it used to shrill and it never used to sound that good on high notes. Now after the vocal technique lessons I sound really nice and really rich and I can sing higher than I ever imagined with no straining. You are the best."
Pawni was in the top 5 of Little Champ, India's version of American idol and was voted by the judges to be the most talented 16 year old singer in all of India.
"You just made it so easy. You made it make perfect sense for her. Within just a few months it was incredible - the change I could hear in her voice. I love the combination of vocal technique and your studio. Your studio is phenomenal. I brag about your studio all the time because when you go there it's state-of-the-art equipment so when you're recording their voice they get to hear right away what they would sound like if they were on the radio. I think that's really exciting and it helps motivate Katherine to want to do really well."
- Erika Kerry (mother of Katherine Kerry)
Pop/Rock singer from Vienna, Austria
"I was looking for a good book with the CD added that I could use to somehow improve my singing. So I went onto the internet and was screening through amazon.com all the books-vocal instruction with CD added. So I ordered all these books- quite so many books that I got, and of course I got your book as well. I sent back all of the books but yours. And it was very easy to understand for me. This was the only book actually that made sense to me including the CDs and the examples that you have there - it made sense to me. I could understand what is happening - the way that you explain the vocal cords and how they are somehow working. That was really nice. It's the only book that has this explanation... There was this one sentence in your book which was important to me which said, 'It's possible to do it all by yourself, but it's almost impossible...' And that's why I just called you, and you called me back and here I am. If I had not done the work before... if I did not have the book, then probably it would not have been that fast within the three weeks what we did. I'm sure you have students that are faster than I was at getting to the HIGH C - by the way I did it once so it's okay... But understanding the whole process was really important to me back in Austria. But now facing you and you looking at me and telling me, "That's the way you have to do it." That helped a lot. When I came here I think I could sing comfortably to a middle C. I would strain with a D. I could not really use it in songs. After practicing with you two hours per day for now - three weeks I think I can pretty comfortably hit the G above middle C...." Thomas: "Before you read the book, if someone had told you that just by doing a few simple exercises you could extend your range by 6 or 7 notes would you have believed them?" Christos: "No. No way." Thomas: "And yet you're a medical doctor..." Christos: (laughs) "Yes I am. I thought if you have a low voice like mine with really thick cords you can not do anything about it... I thought that's it, that's you. You've got to accept it the way it is and that's fine. Try to work with the range you have." Thomas: "One thing that the book does, is it gets your belief level up so that you know it can be done and once it's proven to you that it's possible that unlocks this whole thing of ' Well maybe I can do it too.' Yes it does, and after reading the book and especially the way you were telling it in the book that you yourself had this problem. that your range wasn't much better than mine and that you can do it and I have the vocal examples on the CDs with you singing... you get the feeling 'Well it should be possible.' I know that I have a long way to go, but I will get there."
Pop/Rock singer/songwriter from Huntington Beach, CA
"I could not sing high notes at all before I trained with Thomas. He showed me how to extend my range and sing comfortably on very high notes. I can sing for two to three hours now with no problem.
Thomas also produced and recorded my album at his studio. We ended up transposing all of my songs up quite a bit because my vocal technique had improved so much. The songs sounded so much better with me being able to showcase my upper register. I was even able to sing all of the high harmonies above my lead vocals myself. The training that Thomas outlines in his book Can You Sing a HIGH C Without Straining? made a huge difference and my voice sounds incredible."
"Before training with Thomas I was a bass in the choir and had a range similar to what you would expect from a bass. It used to be difficult to sing notes above middle C. I remember being able to sing E above middle C, maybe F or F# on a good day. There was no doubt that hitting that F# was something I had to strain for much of the time, and a lot of music that I really enjoyed was just unreachable for me.
I was a little skeptical at first because there's a lot of material similar to this that one can find, but Thomas' material went through the physics and the physiology in a way that made sense. I could tell by the way it was written that this material was put together by a vocal coach that really knew what they were doing. When I read Thomas' book it was very clear to me that he had an understanding of the physics involved and that was why it was so powerful.
In terms of singing a high C, that came in the first half hour of training. Previous to reading Can You Sing a HIGH C Without Straining? and working with Thomas I had thought that it was something that one had to be born with, a genetic gift, to be able to sing notes that high, and I found out very quickly that's not the case. It's really a matter of training."
Liese Anderson had never sung a note in full voice before training using the HIGH 'C' method. She sang every high note in falsetto before buying Can You Sing a HIGH 'C' Without Straining? You'ld never believe it after watching her deliver this moving performance of "The Painting," with music produced and written by Thomas Appell. Listen as Liese explains in her own words how much the HIGH 'C' training method has helped her singing.
Note: Chris flew from Japan to train with Thomas Appell after a friend bought a copy of Can You Sing a HIGH 'C' Without Straining? for him while visiting the United States. Listen as he tells how practicing with the CDs that come along with the book and training 2 hours per day for one week with Thomas helped him to extend his range by more than 12 notes.
Jeff Raidich from Long Beach, California extended his range by an amazing 18 notes after buying Can You Sing a HIGH 'C' Without Straining?, practicing with the CDs for only 2 days, and taking only 4 private lessons with Thomas Appell. This is one testamonial you won't want to miss!
Lisa Johnson from Orange County, California needed to get her voice in shape quickly for an upcoming concert. After buying Can You Sing a HIGH 'C' Without Straining? and taking private lessons with Thomas Appell for just 2 weeks, she extended her range by 7 notes!
Worked with singers from the band SAOSIN . Vocal technique training with lead singer Cove Reber, bassist Chris Sorenson, and guitarists Beau Burchell and Justin Shekoski plus live performance coaching with Cove and Chris for their acoustic set. Helped Cove prepare for recording their new album, "In Search of Solid Ground," featuring the song,"Changing." Their song "You're Not Alone" (one of my favorites from their previous album) has more than 7,000,000 plays on their myspace page.
Jerica and her mom explaining how private training with Thomas Appell helped her to develop an incredible voice and why training kids is safe and smart.
Vocal Dynamics is the vocal coaching/voice training studio operated by Thomas Appell along with HotHits Music production and recording studio. Studios are located in Irvine and Trabuco Canyon, close to the local communities of Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Newport Beach, Orange, Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, and Huntington Beach. (949) 459-1828