Waking Voice is “Bridgetown Vocal 2.0”
Originally established in 2008 by Daniel Weiskopf to bring cutting edge vocal training to singers and speakers in Portland, Oregon, Waking Voice is the hub where barriers are broken and true vocal transformation is realized. Waking Voice instructor Daniel has raised the bar with hundreds of voices in Portland, as well as around the world via Skype. The voice is not as elusive as most instructors make it, nor is it reserved for some mythically gifted subpopulation that are somehow “born with it.” Everyone is LITERALLY born with it. Daniel has a talent for breaking down vocal concepts into practical cause-and-effect relationships people can discover, explore, and apply. Through scientifically proven exercises custom tailored to the student, any voice can be taken from “zero to hero.” Singing is not a “talent,” it is a learned muscular coordination.
This is what Waking Voice is really about; discovery. Discovering the undiscovered potential and the mystery of our vocal biology is how the voice starts to wake up. While Daniel frequently trains experienced and professional vocalists, he has the most fun awakening people to their voices’ potential who have felt they either “can’t carry a tune” or don’t have a “good enough” voice. The path to vocal mastery is about both vocal knowledge and one’s relationship with their voice, which is often blocked by beliefs, emotions, and a lack of informed mechanical practice.
“While qualities like charisma and creativity are not easily taught, I can teach ANYONE to sing, and sing well!” (Daniel Weiskopf)
Daniel’s path to vocal awakening was arduous. After more than a decade of navigating the conventional paths of “classical” vocal training and numerous choirs leading up to and through college, Daniel left McGill University’s Marvin Duchow School of Music hating his own voice. Conventional lessons had made his relationship with his voice worse. Feeling his voice was overly “proper,” he tried exploring damage and “grit” to get the vocals he wanted, but that just led to damage and more limitations. What he didn’t like about his voice was the over-compressed sound quality that comes from “classical training” which is due to the over-emphasis of the diaphragm and too much air pressure that most teachers prioritize.
After many years of frustration, Daniel discovered there was another approach to vocal training that all his favorite vocalists used, from Michael Jackson, to Stevie Wonder, and found it was everything he had ever dreamed a voice lesson could be; the instant and REAL result of beautiful and practical vocal skills! Cause and Effect vocal training exists, and one does not have to wait months or years for clear results, but rather a handful of lessons. Science based vocal knowledge is somehow uncommon in the field of singing. Daniel’s own voice became everything he always knew it could be, but could not figure out. Daniel became certified to teach this technique and share its gift, training in the same rooms that M.J. and Stevie had trained in with the same teacher. Bridgetown Vocal was born.
Several years later, Daniel wanted to discover more and went on a hiatus to explore his own voice more deeply. He started focusing on the more emotional, and energetic aspects of his voice as well as the production of atypical vocal sounds used in various cultures (sometimes called “throat singing”). He has taken the knowledge from his former network of science based voice teachers and boiled it down even further to produce even more rapid vocal advancement in his students. He is very empathetic towards the psychological wounds we carry, specifically surrounding our voices, and firmly believes and proves that ANYONE can sing well. He fluidly develops voices that felt they were “tone-deaf,” as well as bringing seasoned or professional vocalists to the next level. He wants true vocal knowledge to be taught to the general population, because everyone deserves a real relationship with their voice. Not everyone needs to be a singer, but everyone is vocalist by birth who should learn to use their instrument!
WAKING VOICE LESSONS ARE ZERO-EMISSIONS!
Daniel teaches voice lessons in person in the greater Portland region (Oregon), at your home which he travels to in a ZERO-emissions, all-electric vehicle. Otherwise, he teaches lessons over Skype. Who knew voice lessons could be more environmentally friendly? Leave it to a Portland resident to find a way!
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Too many vocalists use less than one-third of their range and ability, because of the false prevailing belief a singer is either born with “chops” or not.
Every voice–singer or speaker–is equipped to have 3+ usable octaves with *no* flips, cracks, or breaks! If a singer is only comfortable using 1.5 octaves or less, they simply haven’t learned how their muscles work or what they are capable of.
Vocal training is not just for singers. Public speakers and actors should be training their full vocal range as much as singers do. It is simply a matter of vocal health to have a balanced voice from top to bottom. Singing is nothing more than sustained speech; if you speak you are a singer, and if you sing you are a speaker.
Group workshops available upon request
- 30 minutes ~ $40.00 USD [Skype]*
- 45 minutes ~ $55.00 USD [In-Person, or Skype]*
- 60 minutes ~ $70.00 USD [In-person, or Skype]*
- 90 minutes ~ $100.00 USD [In-person, or Skype]*
*Any Cancellation must take place 48 hours before scheduled appointment to not be charged in full. Please be mindful of your availability and state of health!