What is the AApproach method?
The AApproach method is a vocal training methodology which focuses on freeing the voice by restoring full function to the entire instrument.
“Most people who struggle with singing do not lack talent or ability. The problem is that the muscles which should be working to support the voice have atrophied, leaving the neck, jaw, and tongue muscles to do a job that they are not properly equipped to do - resulting in strain and tightness. The key is not necessarily to ‘teach someone to sing’, but rather to rehabilitate the weak musculature. Our pelvic floor, transverse abdominis, posterior chain, diaphragm, and rib cage are meant to all work together perfectly to fuel and protect our voice. Once you reawaken this true, natural, vocal support mechanism, singing feels pretty easy. Lost range is restored, the voice becomes resonant and powerful, and the instrument is protected.” - Eric Arceneaux
The AApproach is not genre-specific and can be applied to any musical style of singing. Most other vocal methods give isolated focus to only one aspect of technique (i.e. mixing, support, breathing, diaphragm strengthening), and as a result create imbalances that leave the singer feeling restricted, vocally limited, and perpetually frustrated. The AApproach method, however, combines time-tested ancient traditional wisdom with cutting edge modern voice science. We realize that your entire body is the instrument. Science, both old an new, has made it clear that you are designed to sing. With that understanding, the question is not “Can you sing?” but rather “How do we restore the gift that has been yours all along?”. Singing should feel natural and easy. Our goal as AApproach instructors is that of rehabilitation, restoring you to full vocal fold strength, respiratory strength, and ultimate vocal freedom.
Principles of the Approach method:
Human beings are designed to sing.
We all have within us a natural mechanism by which the voice can be perfectly protected, supported, and liberated. This mechanism unifies and coordinates the respiratory-postural muscles (i.e. pelvic floor, transverse abdominis, posterior chain, diaphragm, and rib cage) to efficiently fuel a dynamic voice. While this mechanism has had many names throughout many cultures over the course of human history, we at AApproach simply refer to it as the support reflex.
Unfortunately, due to harmful vocal methods and unhealthy movement patterns/ lifestyle habits, the support reflex for most people weakens severely, leaving the throat, tongue, and jaw muscles to support the voice. This creates the uncomfortable vocal experiences of strain, reaching for notes, hoarseness, and in many cases vocal injury. But, with help, the support reflex can be fully restored and singing once more becomes easy and consistent.
We at AApproach do not focus on one element of technique alone, such as mixing. By developing the entire body as an instrument, vocal faults naturally correct themselves. The registers become blended, resonance is optimized, and the voice becomes incredibly healthy and resistant to damage.