When we want to learn something, we want to do it reliably fast and simple. That’s what you’re getting from Steve Glazer, or should I say Steve ‘Blazer’? And, nope, I’m not talking about the senator Steve Glazer in California. I’m going to talk about the musician, teacher, and songwriter. He’s been a coach for two decades (I already see a pattern here).
He has his own music school in Austin, Texas, named STRUM. His experience combined with his teaching style makes it easier for his students commend and thank him for their successes in improving their skills.
He also has his program called Singing Simplified. According to him, it’s a revolutionary new vocal training system. It’ll train you to sing songs with ease and power. You’ll also increase your pitch range for at least one octave higher. The program will also improve your vocal control. With it, you’ll also enjoy singing more, become more confident, and establish your own style of singing.
He promises that you’ll become a better singer in 30 days. It doesn’t matter what your goal is. If you want to be a lead singer, chorister, recording artist, karaoke star, or even if you just want to swoon over your crush, this is the course for you.
Of course, that’s what he says. And I’m here to see if his program and courses can actually deliver all the promises he made.
The Review Proper
He has two full singing courses for singers:
Singing Simplified #1: The Fast Track to Singing Like a Pro
Singing Simplified #2: Greater Range, Power, and Control
The presentation is consistent. Steve personally delivers the lesson in front of a green screen. If he tried to copy the presentation of instructors in MasterClass like Timbaland, this course will definitely become a gold standard.
The first course is made for complete beginners. As in, you don’t even have to have any prior knowledge about singing and music in general. He conveys this message like this: As long as you can speak, you can sing. I approve of it, and you must probably read that thought from most of the posts I publish here on my site.
The course instructs that you should watch one video a day, train six days a week, for at least eight months. The first course’s contents will last you that long.
He’s one of the first who explicitly said that out of most of the coaches I’ve reviewed. Most of them will just irresponsibly say that you must learn at your own pace. I do believe that it’s an okay approach, but I prefer educating with a set time frame.
Setting expectations and establishing a timeline in learning are fundamental tenets in teaching. One could easily get lost and even lost interest without those two. A complete newbie shouldn’t learn by himself without comprehensive guidance. He should know how much time he needs to spend on a lesson or how fast his pace should be.
Also, I quite appreciate that he included some downloadable teaching and exercise material. You don’t have to visit Udemy or his site to practice. You can download the exercise MP3s, save them on your phone, and play them whenever you find some time to do some training and vocalizations.
There’s also a workbook. It’s also downloadable content. While I’m not a fan of written content to use as supplemental teaching materials, it’s still appreciated. I mean, I would rather have liked him to do separate review videos instead.
Although if I think about it, it can be handy when you’re on the go since you can just again save it on your phone and read them later. However, I think it’s more convenient if the review content is preserved as another MP3. Because let’s make this simple: If you have time to read, then you have time to watch.
Lastly, there’s a free eBook included in the course package. It’s titled, 5 Shortcuts to Great Songwriting. It’s a nice bonus if you like to shift to or learn music production.
The price of his course is only $18.99. It’s a bit more expensive than Roma Waterman‘s, but the content and duration of the video-wise, it evens out.
Unlike with other coaches that have multiple courses, Glazer’s first course isn’t solely oriented on the fundamentals. It also teaches you until you learn some of the advanced singing techniques most professional artists use.
Those techniques are glottal stop, proper usage of falsetto, managing registers, and mixed voice. Learning these advanced singing techniques can easily make your singing genre repertoire versatile. And you can sing almost every song there is.
A Single Concern
Okay. So I said that I like the way he created a simple timeline for his student on how much they need to consume his lessons every day. The only problem here is that the video you need to watch once a day is often two to three minutes long. Despite the course content having three hour’s worth of video, it isn’t enough to fill two month’s worth of training.
Basically, it defeats the purpose of setting a pace. The students will only break this pace once they start. I checked the videos, and I wasn’t satisfied with a three-minute video a day. The lessons are suitable, and he’s a decent teacher. My tendency with content that interests me is that I’ll marathon it away–just like what I did with Eric Arcenaux’s course.
I’ll just treat the lesson as a three-hour movie that I’ll finish in one sitting. It would have been better if Steve at least padded out the lessons. He can pad it out with exercises, and make each video length 15 to 20 minutes long. Nonetheless, the way things are isn’t inherently awful or feels like you’re scammy.
It’s Not Entirely A Bad Thing
This can’t put me off. It’s most probable that the downloadable exercise materials were made to offset this concern. Also, even if the video duration is short, it contains lessons that you need a lot of time before you can achieve mastery.
Looking at it from a different perspective, if I were a new singer again but still have my current workload, the three-minute videos will be something of a godsend for me. Also, it’s all about implementation after all. I admit that the short videos are jam-packed with rapid-fire tips and lessons I’m sure everyone will appreciate.
Another thing, I did suggest that he needs to mix exercises on the lessons to pad out some time and avoid students from ruining the pace. He actually has a third course, which consists of the activities needed. It mixes well with the course videos. However, that’s another $18.99.
His course strength is content and price. The production value of each video is a-okay. The pacing could have been better if he didn’t market it the way he said. At the very least, I can say that he didn’t do anything as bad as JVA in terms of marketing.
In terms of the personality of the instructor, it’s so-so. His lessons are engaging enough to keep your attention. As always, his course is available in Udemy. If you’re also interested in learning how to play guitar, he’s also the guy.
To go to Steve Glazer’s courses, you can click one of the images below, or you can use this instead: Steve Glazer’s Singing Simplified.