Travis Drew
Travis Drew
2022-09-03
Verified
I came to Richard at the start of my music career with no real idea on how to best use my voice. The introduction to his 7 dimensions of singing saw immediate improvements in my voice. It also helped me protect my vocals as I began to gig more and more. Now, I play as many as 10 gigs a week which would not be possible without this training. People are saying how blown away by my voice they are, and this would never have been possible without Richard. Get his course and take time to have an online session with him!
LYELL
LYELL
2022-09-01
Verified
I absolutely love working with Richard Fink IV as a vocal coach. His knowledge is insane and he really helps me actually understand the why and how of singing. We go to the gym for our bodies, why not go to the gym for your voice?! The Vocal Gym is one of the best things I've done for my growth as a singer and musician. I struggle often with allergies and acid reflux, and Richard has helped me figure out what would be best me individually, and how to maintain a healthy and consistent voice. I'd recommend Throga to any vocalist! Do it for yourself, you won't regret it!
Ocean Breezer
Ocean Breezer
2022-08-31
Verified
I've known about Throga for years now and it always reminds me of the time when I went to their Throga Retreat in Orlando (2017). I made my first ever song with Throga Records! It was an unforgettable experience that I'm so glad I could recall. Richard Fink IV has always taught about the 7 dimensions of singing, which include flexibility, breathing, intonation, range, tone, articulation, and strength. Through the Vocal Gym, you are able to identify your weaknesses and strengths, and are given the right techniques to improve. It's a wonderful system, willing to help you become a better singer! With much love, Aubre
Patrick McCormick
Patrick McCormick
2022-08-31
Verified
I started reading the Throga 7 dimensions to singing book and found it to be so interesting and useful that I dove in deeper by booking virtual lessons with Johnny Cummings and Richard Fink who helped me find my own voice. They ran me through the vocal gym exercise and Throga techniques that you can find in the 7 Dimensions to Singing book giving me even more of a great understanding and approach to my singing. The exercises for my vocal chords got me in shape to hit the recording studio with confidence and vocal stamina. By using the methods I learned in the book and working with Richard and Johnny online I was able to take my singing in the car belting, and amazing shower voice, and actually hear and understand why some of the things I thought I was doing were amazing were in fact not as pleasing to the human ear as I thought. They helped my correct my bad habits by identifying the weaknesses in my approach and gave me the tools to work out and build the strength I needed. I used the Throga 7 Dimensions To Singing book as my main companion in between the online sessions and still keep my Throga workout going. I finished vocals on my first record and can’t wait to work with these guys again on my next!
Jordan Lawson
Jordan Lawson
2022-08-31
Verified
I have been working with Richard Fink IV since 2015 through his classes, Throga Retreats & 1-1 sessions. I have learned so many new things with Richard & his voice coaches. I am so thankful I found Throga! I am more confident with my voice and performing now. I remember how nervous I was to sing just a verse in front of my first Throga class & Richard was so helpful getting me to become more comfortable!
Shane Edwards
Shane Edwards
2022-08-30
Verified
It’s so great to find a program that properly teaches about the voice and it’s use by relating the physiology of the voice to its practice and techniques! Understanding the basics of the biology and how the voice works physically really unlocks a new way of thinking about singing! Breaking down everything into “The 7 dimensions of singing” is super helpful in pinpointing what exactly to work on and then having the Vocal Gym to show you exactly how exercises are done and provide clear instruction is just fantastic. Plus Richard Fink IV who has actual credibility and presence in the music industry coaches you through the program and keeps things really interesting with anecdotes and just explains everything so clearly. I’ve seen a lot of good and bad courses provided both online and at institutes and this is easily one of the best for getting to grips with how a real singer can use their voice to its potential! Definitely recommend!
Shannon Kennedy [AMS]
Shannon Kennedy [AMS]
2022-08-30
Verified
Throga gave my daughter the confidence she needed in her voice to make varsity choir as a 7th grader and to get a role in the school musical. These experiences are memories that will last a lifetime!
Kara Fink
Kara Fink
2022-08-30
Verified
The Throga method has been by far the most effective method of vocal coaching I've experienced. I've taken private vocal lessons most of my life, and while they've helped me to a degree, I didn't really acquire a thorough understanding of my own voice until I started through. Throga has been a game changer for me as a professional vocalist. I've learned the intricacies of vocalizing that have helped my confidence and endurance as a performer.
Joshua Simmonds
Joshua Simmonds
2022-08-30
Verified
It really doesn't get any better for vocalists than the techniques and insight of Richard Fink IV. Richard has been a staple in the music industry for decades, and 7 Dimensions of Singing has been no deviation from the norm. Richard's techniques and exercises are a life saver for any true vocalist, amateur through professional!
Bill Hulsey Patent Lawyer
Bill Hulsey Patent Lawyer
2022-08-30
Verified
Richard Fink and Throga are the most innovative aspects of on-line music training and instruction in America. I have learned so much from his work and have maintained a greatly enjoyed personal and professional relationship with him and his work for many years. I strongly encourage any interested in music instruction to use his Throga system. It can be used as an independent instruction resource or as an augmentation for other instruction, at any level. The U.S. Patent granted to this work is a landmark testament to the novelty, inventiveness, and value of this learning resource.

Frustrated with a less-than-average singing voice as a teenager, Richard Fink IV started studying the anatomy of the vocal instrument and traveled great distances to work with several world-renowned singing teachers (this was way before YouTube existed!). Building on the knowledge he gained from these teachers, independent studies and over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Richard has been able to bring forth an insightful, healthy and unique teaching style to his students known as the Throga Technique.

Now, Richard is a co-founder of The Vocal Gym, #1 Best-Selling Author in vocal education and labeled as the “world’s leading online vocal coach” by the Wall Street Journal. His students include multi-platinum selling artists, actors, political leaders, Broadway stars and singers featured on Disney, Nickelodeon, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Australia’s Got Talent, The X Factor, American Idol, MTV, CMT, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show, Live with Kelly, Dancing with the Stars and many others.

As a vocalist, Richard is a 3x Guinness World Record breaker and award-winning singer for solo performances as Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Jean Valjean (Les Miserables). He released multiple albums as a songwriter and vocal-producer between 1991 and 2005, which even led to co-writing and demoing songs for top charting artists such as Josh Groban and Michael Jackson.

Other career highlights as a vocal coach include adjudicating the Voice of Dance Life Unite in Australia for two years in a row, representing the United States in the Suncane Skale vocal competition televised throughout Europe, coaching at Talent Camp at Universal Studios in the United States and teaching at all three JMC Academy’s (Berkeley School of Music affiliates) throughout Australia. Richard’s crowning achievement, however, was becoming the first and only person in U.S. history to be awarded a full-utility patent on a vocal training technique with the 7 Dimensions of Singing.

PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS

Like every singer, every teacher has a unique story and musical history that can be used to connect to their audience. When Richard teaches, he is able to accommodate the individual needs of his students by not only drawing upon his singing experiences, but also from his knowledge of nutrition, neuropsychology, physical training, acting, directing, music production and songwriting. Having worked with singers in 126 countries spanning all 7 continents, he has refined his ability to communicate the necessary skills through modern technology for one to truly develop as a vocalist.

Whether a singer, public speaker, actor or educator comes to Richard for a single lesson to increase their range, reduce tension, recover from vocal damage, or work with him over the course of several years to reach their full singing potential, he provides them with the tools they need to continue learning on their own. To work with Richard from the comfort of your own home using every day mobile devices and Zoom, Skype or Facetime, contact Richard directly for his current rate and availability!

WILL VOICE LESSONS CHANGE MY SINGING STYLE?

No! The method Richard teaches will help you cultivate whatever style you are passionate about singing. This includes every genre imaginable, like Pop, Country, Musical Theatre, Classical R&B, Jazz, Folk, Grunge, Rock, Metal and the hundreds of sub-genres related to each of them. Throga and the 7 Dimensions of Singing is designed to develop a singer’s instrument through isometric exercises and coordination to reach your full potential. The greater your vocal skills become, the easier it will be to express yourself.

ARE ONLINE SINGING LESSONS AS GOOD AS IN-PERSON?

Online voice lessons are popular for both teachers and students because of its convenience and cost-effectiveness (no travel related expenses), plus they provide students access to top voice teachers and vocal coaches across the globe. However, there are some clear differences between the two experiences. For a detailed comparison of online and in-person singing lessons, check out this article on the Pros and Cons of Online Voice Lessons.

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

  • Increase your vocal range

  • Master your breathing

  • Develop a healthy & strong voice

  • Prevent vocal fatigue or damage

  • Improve your speaking skills

  • Overcome performance anxieties

  • Prepare for auditions or touring

  • Improve your pitch control

  • Sing in the style of music you love

  • Beginner to advanced singers

WHO HAS RICHARD WORKED WITH?

ONLINE COURSES

In addition to private singing lessons, Richard has co-developed a unique learning platform called the Vocal Gym. Using patented technology, it is unlike any other online course on the market today! There, he teaches the Throga Technique and the 7 Dimensions of Singing, where you can receive a free Vocal Assessment to discover your vocal strengths and weaknesses instantly. Many of Richard’s students use the Vocal Gym to help them monitor and accelerate their progress, while others use it as an alternative and affordable means to 1-on-1 lessons.

CONTACT RICHARD

Please feel free to explore the Frequently Asked Question section before submitting any questions. For booking, Richard’s current lesson rates and available dates/times are listed at Throga.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if I’m a complete beginner? Will online voice lessons work for me?

Absolutely! If you haven’t had the opportunity to sing on stage yet, struggling with some fundamentals of singing, or maybe just not confident enough to share your voice with others, private lessons will help you in reaching personal goals as a vocalist.

What ages does Richard teach?

Generally speaking, ages 9 and up. The reason for this is that online communication requires a relatively good attention span for optimum results. Although exceptions can be made for more experienced children and focused personalities, they learn best through play, which can be challenging at times with physical separation. Otherwise, it’s never too late to learn how to sing! Singing is a wonderful way to keep the mind active and the body responsive through artistic expression and physical challenges that improve breathing, communication skills, and so much more. Richard often works with students who are in their 80s and up.

Does Richard offer any free voice lessons?

Richard does not offer private voice lessons for free. However, he does provide hours of free vocal tips and other content on the Throga YouTube channel. You can also take a free Vocal Profile Assessment to gain access to the Vocal Gym Basic program, which includes seven fully guided exercises, which includes access to a private Facebook Group page for direct feedback from Certified Throga Instructors on your singing.

What happens during a private online singing lesson?

Every lesson is individually tailored towards a students’ goals and needs. That said, a first lesson generally consists of a brief introduction and opportunity to discuss any specific questions you may have. Afterwards, voice lessons are often divided into 2 parts: vocal exercises (warm ups) and songs (performance). Regardless of what you are working on, Richard will always be listening, evaluating and eager to help you find the best path for your voice and artistic expression. However, what happens outside of the lesson is even more important! The time you spend applying what you’ve learned, challenging yourself and singing often is essential to your growth!

Can I record a private voice lesson?

Yes, please do! There are many benefits to recording your private voice lesson. Richard will provide a LOT of information in each and every voice lesson, so not having to write everything down, being able to listen back to your vocal progress and practicing along with any new exercises is ideal.

How often should I take lessons?

Every lesson provides an opportunity to learn something new and progress towards your goals. That said, how often to take a lesson really depends on what your immediate goals are and the quality of practice you put in between private lessons. The good news is, you are never locked into any one schedule or length of time. Many students start with weekly lessons and then fall back to every other week after several months, or even just one lesson per month if taking an online Vocal Gym Course simultaneously. Richard recognizes that everyone’s goals, learning rate, budget and availability is different and welcomes you to take as many lessons as you are comfortable with, based on his availability.

Do I have to audition to take lessons with Richard?

Never! Singing lessons are available to anyone interested in improving their voice, no matter what their age, style or skill level might be. Finding the right teacher for you and your goals in mind is essential to reaching your goals. Richard has vast experience working with singers on stage, in the studio and in the practice room! If you decide that Richard is not a good fit for you, you are always welcome to explore other Certified Instructors (each with their own musical background, experience and personality) at Throga.com.

What is Richard's cancellation policy?

All scheduled lessons must be cancelled with at least 24 hours advance notice, or the lesson is still to be paid in full. If there is at least 24 hours notice, lessons can be cancelled at no charge or rescheduled if already paid for. Refunds are not offered. Out of fairness and integrity to Richard and all the other students, please note that we can not make exceptions to this policy. To cancel or reschedule a lesson, you can contact Richard directly.

Where is Richard located?

Richard is only offering online lessons at this time. His lesson studios are located in Rochester NY and Orlando FL, with in-person lessons occasionally available in Nashville TV and Los Angeles CA when traveling.

How do I pay for a lesson?

Richard currently accepts all major credit cards through PayPal, Zelle or Venmo for private voice lessons. Once a lesson time has been confirmed, he will send you a direct link for payment.