Many people love to sing, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of everyday life prevents them from optimizing their voices. This is why vocal coach Richard Fink IV has pioneered Skype and iChat voice lessons for anyone interested in bettering their instrument. Using a technique called Throga that he created, Richard Fink teaches singers how to exercise the muscles that strengthen the voice as an athlete would for his body. By studying anatomy, Fink recognized early on in his career that it is more than just the vocal chords that are needed for singing and developed exercises for all of the muscles involved.
Based in Rochester, New York, Fink has had clients from 38 states and over 40 countries since he started Skype lessons in 2008; 78% of his vocal teaching is done by Skype. Working 50 – 60hours per week on lessons and vocal production alone, Fink is also training to beat his Guinness world record for the longest vocal note of 1 minute and 43 seconds in November. On top of that, he will be teaching a masters course via Skype to a lecture hall full of students at The University of Sydney throughout the year.
Fink’s clients include finalists from X-factor, The Voice and American Idol, including my cousin, Chris Bandi. He was kind enough to give me a complimentary session to see the Throga technique first hand and get a taste of his coaching style (see video below). From just one session, I can tell that Richard’s technique and encouragement is unlike any vocal experiences I have had in the past. Fink believes that anyone can sing, so if you’ve been thinking about improving your voice, contact Richard Fink and see where Throga can take you! If you’re a music teacher looking to work from home with clients from around the world, Fink also teaches lessons on how to take your practice from the studio to the internet.
My Voice Lesson With Richard:
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Guinness World Record for Longest Vocal Note by Vocal Coach Richard Fink IV: