Davina Lee

Frequently Asked Questions

Who have you worked with?

Everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals including celebrities and chart-topping artists who've sold millions of records.

Why SLS?

SLS has helped millions of singers worldwide including Stevie Wonder, Kelly Clarkson, Annie Lennox, Lionel Ritchie, Deniece Williams, Dusty Springfield and many more! I find it the most logical process of getting the best out of a voice in the least possible time. My best explanation of SLS is that it teaches you to use your vocal chords in the most effective way so that your good technique can be applied to any style of music and your individuality can shine through.

Will you change my voice?

Depending on how you were using your voice before it may change a little, but it will still sound like you. Students often remark that their voices last longer, are freer and able to do more vocal acrobatics than before. My aim is simply to give you a healthy, reliable voice that sounds better than ever.

How long will it take for me to be good at singing?

This can depend on a lot of things; how quickly you take to the technique, how long you practice, if there was any damage to the voice before starting lessons. As a general guideline I believe you and others will feel and hear a marked improvement after three months of weekly lessons. You will hear improvements after the first lesson, but for them to properly take root within your body's nervous system and your brain you will need to practice and give it a little time.

Do you teach different styles of singing?

I prefer to say that I am teaching you a way to produce efficient sound in such a way that you should be able to apply this to any style of music. I have successfully taught many different styles of singing from jazz to gospel and r'n'b, opera to musical theatre and punk! I believe that being able to produce sound and sing easily means that your voice can be applied to any style you want with a little practice.

Which age range do you teach?

I have taught children from as young as 8 to the more mature voice of people in their 60s. I honestly believe that whatever age you are you can benefit from getting your voice into better shape and of course from the stress relieving and mental health benefits of singing. With maturity comes concentration and an understanding and focus that means you will likely progress more quickly as you practice more and styart to notice the small nuances that make a huge difference to you as a singer!

How many lessons do I need?

This is similar to the questions about how long it will take you to be good at singing. I believe that initially at least, a good amount of practice and regular lessons will help you to improve at a good pace. I often relate this to training for something like a marathon; if you take someone who is in good health, exercises regularly and eats well, and take another person who does not exercise and eats a poor diet, then tell them that they will be running a marathon tomorrow, who would your money be on? Even if they both do not finish the race, the odds are that the person who is healthier and looks after themselves better will be able to run further than the person that does not look after themselves. If your voice is not in good condition then singing for long periods of time will be tiring and more difficult than for someone whose voice is is better shape. Regular lessons are the best way to see quick improvement, however frequency is adjusted to the individual and people who are looking to sing as a hobby may come once a week to once a fortnight.

I'm tone deaf and can't sing, so I'm an absolute beginner. Can you help me?

In my many years of teaching I don't think I've ever met someone who couldn't sing! I've met people who don't take to singing as naturally as others and who have more difficulty hearing pitch etc., but it wasn't anything that couldn't be fixed through work and enthusiastic perseverance on my part and on theirs. I will honestly cater the lesson to you and will change the format a little if I can see it will help. I know it can be nerve wracking to sing in front of a stranger and I honestly believe that the first lesson is the hardest as you've never met me before and are not sure what to expect, but hopefully you'll learn that I don't mind if things go a bit wrong as I'm here to correct you, help you and hopefully do it all with a smile on both our faces.

How do I book?

Either give me a call or send me an email and we can arrange a date and time. If I don't answer my phone please leave a message with your name and contact number (I find it can be better to repeat your number just in case your signal dips out the first time) as I can't answer when I'm teaching. I will always try to get back to you within 24 hours or sooner. I look forward to meeting you!
Lessons in Tottenham Court Road & Whetstone, London
davina@davinalee.co.uk
+44 (0) 7786 221617