Working with Richard changed the way I think about my voice and I’ve never looked back!
My 15 year old daughter has benefit in many meaningful ways from her online sessions with Richard Fink IV. His scientifically accurate knowledge about the voice allows her to learn how to perform more reliably in non-ideal conditions. He respects her as a singer and treats her as a talented human being and not just as a kid. This means the world to her. He is helping her to compose, both by giving her confidence, and by providing specific guidance. He relays stories about his experiences in the music industry, which fascinate her and makes her see that she can be a part of it. Finally, and most importantly, his analysis of her singing is not only positive and encouraging , but is detailed enough that it is believable and useful. She is very fortunate to have found him, and I am confident that he will continue to adapt to her needs and help her to advance as a singer.
Just over a year ago, I was incredibly frustrated with the state of my voice; singing was physically painful for me, and I just couldn’t seem to figure out what I was doing wrong. I stumbled upon the THROGA website, and as a sort of last-ditch effort, signed up for a few lessons on a whim. During our first lesson, I was completely taken aback by how perceptive Richard was in isolating my individual problem areas… It’s thanks to his perceptiveness and attention to detail that now, a year later, my singing finally feels natural and pain-free. I couldn’t be happier with the progress I’ve made under Richard’s guidance.
Richard is amazing. I was blessed with the opportunity to work with him at an event in Los Angeles and he was easily one of my favorite instructors. I have really high anxiety and he was able to help me face my fears while still making me feel at ease. He encouraged me in a way I don’t think I’ve ever been before, and taught me how to work on getting past that crazy big fear of just singing in front of other people. Through his vast knowledge and true passion for singing, he makes the best teacher and a wonderful person. I have both his THROGA app and book, which I’m so thankful for. I am looking forward to working with him again very soon!!
I am a 60 year old farmer who has loved singing my whole life. I have always wanted to be better because I am my own worst critic. I decided to take lessons from Richard because I felt with his credentials, he could improve my singing skills in a short amount of time. I have been taking 30 minute lessons for 6 weeks and my improvements have been huge! The price has been definitely worth it! Thanks Richard!
Richard Fink IV’s class was very eye opening. He teaches how your whole body is involved in singing and teaches how to connect all your parts in making music with your throat, through what he calls Throga. He was instrumental in making us aware of how Anya’s Russian Language capabilities could help her be remembered, and that our cultural roots should never be forgotten.
I had sang for years before coming to Richard, and was constantly frustrated by what I perceived to be the limitations of my voice. I convinced myself that certain styles, heights were unattainable for me. Since taking lessons, I have grown in every way as a singer (range, tone, dynamics, control). His knowledge of the vocal mechanism is deep enough that he can listen to you vocalize with his eyes closed and hear exactly what is causing you to strain. Richard knows how to teach to YOUR voice, and he commits himself to helping you grow.
I’ve been working with Richard for a few years now and he’s truly amazing. When I was preparing for my battle on The Voice, I knew I needed Richard’s help. When you’re rehearsing for hours and hours every single day, you have to know that you’re voice is going to be in it’s best shape and Richard has taught me the proper way to do this! I love the way he teaches. He asks what YOU want out of lessons instead of teaching each person exactly the same. Richard recognizes the fact that each and every person’s instrument is different. Plus I love that we can do lessons over Skype! I’m always traveling for my music and it’s nice to know that I won’t be missing a lesson just because I’m not at home.
Working with Richard has been a pleasure. He has an approachable teaching style that encourages vocal exploration in a holistic, fun and nurturing manner. Richard’s knowledge of vocal technique is impressive, but his assessment skills and his pulse for practical application set him apart. More specifically, knowing what imbalances to listen for, prescribing the exercises to address such imbalances, charting a path of progression, and detailing the desired outcome. Richard’s passion and skill as a teacher coupled with the accessibility of the THROGA app have been the key ingredients in the recipe of my vocal breakthroughs thus far. The THROGA app is a daily companion that continues to challenge me in new ways. There are many coaches that can make someone better than they were previously. However, there are few that can guide someone to fulfill his or her vocal potential.I believe Richard is one of those people and that is why I continue to work with him.
I would just like to say a big thank you to Richard. My son Taj was invited to one of Richard’s seminars on his Australian tour and was very impressed by Richard’s techniques. We feel grateful that he was able to offer Taj a spot via Skype. My son has been having singing lessons with Richard for the past 8 months and he has come along in leaps and bounds. Richard’s ability to connect with Taj is his strength. Taj and I hope to have a long relationship with Richard and his company, Throga.
Working with Richard has given me a new perspective on my voice and vocal abilities. Before Richard, I had taken voice lessons for almost 20 years. Working with highly sought after vocal coaches all over the world certainly taught me a great deal, but with Richard something “clicked.” All of a sudden I did not feel like my voice was limited to a certain style and I began exploring new depths to my voice that I did not know existed. Through his specific techniques my voice has become consistent throughout my entire range and the tension that I once experienced in my throat is no longer. I am extremely grateful to Richard for his guidance and I will continue to work with him as I move into my career as a professional vocalist.
I’ve studied with highly respected and well-known vocal coaches all over the world, but I found that Richard was the most well-researched, thoughtful and practical teacher with whom I’ve met. He identified and knew how to help me overcome the specific obstacles I was having, and ultimately helped me discover my true voice.
I have found Richard to be the most encouraging, meticulous, result achieving and character consistent vocal teacher that I have ever met. He came to my attention when one of the singers that I record in my studio was raving about “this guy” that was teaching him on Skype. I could hear in the studio that something very positive was happening and so I thought I’d try Richard out for myself. We have since become great friends and I am in awe of his energy, teaching skills and career trajectory. I’m looking forward to the years to come and I now refer all my serious clients and colleagues to Richard.
My daughter has been working with Richard for a few months and he has helped tremendously in that short amount of time. He was able to identify very early what was causing her voice to shake as no other coach had been able to do. He has helped her to sing for longer periods and not tire out. He is understanding, kind and we love him. I would recommend him to anyone!
What can I say – Richard Fink IV is an extraordinary teacher unlike any other vocal coach out there. He is brilliant, confident, talented yet unpretentious. His innovative approach to this unique instrument has taught me more than I ever thought possible. I started taking lessons with him with one basic goal – to overcome my anxiety. Richard has given me the vocal skill set to be able to do things that I never had the confidence or ability to do before. Never in a million years did I think I would be confident enough to sing in front of my own husband, let alone an entire audience of strangers! Thanks to Richard, these are only a few of the many things I have done, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg… If you are lucky enough to get to work with Richard, he will truly help you succeed in whatever it is you want to do vocally.
Cesar De La Rosa
I am very fortunate to be one of Richard Fink’s students. From the very first lesson, he helped me tackle some of the key problems that none of my other vocal coaches could. His insight on the vocal instrument and all the muscles pertaining to breathing and performance is nothing short of outstanding. He is an incredible vocalist who genuinely has SO much passion for his work. Every great performer has a great coach to guide them, and Richard is that great coach!
Richard always puts his students first and really thinks about each one even when he is off the clock. Thanks to his efforts and dedication to Nick before, during and after the X Factor, we are moving to LA as Nick is on a big project with Justin Beiber songwriters and producers! Richard is on the cutting edge of the science, art and physiology of vocal training and development, but most importantly cares for his students and their needs and goals.
Other teachers have tried to change who I was as a singer, but Richard taught me to not be afraid of expressing how I feel. I’m so grateful that I found him on Skype and can’t imagine ever going to another teacher again!
Before I started working with Richard, I was playing shows once or twice a month while the rest of my time was spent just recovering and getting my voice back. It’s been a little over a year since our first lesson and not only can I play shows every weekend, I can play shows every NIGHT without straining or losing my voice. People who had heard me play just a year ago make an effort to come tell me after my shows how my voice keeps getting stronger and better! I owe it all to Richard!
I swear Richard knows more about the vocal anatomy than my laryngologist and ENT combined! I went to him after being diagnosed with vocal polyps in a desperate attempt to avoid surgery and less then two months later, the same doctors that told me I needed surgery said they didn’t see a trace of inflammation on my chords! In just a few sessions, Richard not only saved me from unnecessary surgery, but he taught me how to sing the style I want without risking any permanent damage to my throat! THANK YOU Richard!
I love my Skype lessons with Mr Richard. Everything he teaches me really does work and I’m able to put it to use immediately and see results!
Being a predominantly self taught musician and singer, I found Richard’s mentoring to be fresh, innovative and inspiring. Of course it was great to learn the techniques but what I really gained from the most, was the shifts in my thinking and perspective of how to both utilize and steward my voice. His patient, calm and positive demeanor instantly put me at ease and helped me to feel I was in a safe environment where I could really allow myself to be honest in my sound and where I am at as a vocalist. I would recommend Richard to anyone and especially to those who like me, needed a bit of a push to really think about how I am looking after my instrument as well as those who may feel a bit overwhelmed (or underwhelmed!) by more mainstream methodologies. He has completely changed my approach on and off stage and I am now more confident in the voice that I have.
Richard Fink is an expert on the art of vocal coaching; no one has ever gotten so much out of me without losing my voice! I have nothing but love and support for him and all that he does, and I hope to do more work with him in the future!
Ever since I started working with Richard, I have noticed significant changes in my voice. It has never sounded this good. I owe it all to him. I don’t think would have gotten the opportunities I have gotten if it weren’t for Rich.
Richard, I just wanted to say thank you again for helping me reach a milestone in my singing journey. Although you have a busy schedule, you still made time to drop in and that made all the difference. I can look back at my performance and confidently stand by it. To believe in my own performance is something I’ve searched for as an artist. It brings tears to my eyes to have finally found it. I cant thank you enough for helping me and being a guide in that journey.
Hi Richard, I just wanted to say thank you so much for fitting me into your tight schedule and for not only helping me with my voice but especially being so gracious with giving me tips on teaching. I truly appreciate it. I’m really looking forward to more learning and letting go!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
My daughter had been singing for about 4 years prior to working with Richard. She’d had a great vocal coach during that time, but we were never able to determine why she kept experiencing sore throats. Richard identified some critical issues during the very first lesson, and unless she has been really ill, my daughter has never experienced a sore throat again! They’ve been working together for over three years and she has had amazing progress. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting Richard in person, by visiting his studio a couple of times. He is a genuinely warm, kind man, who has a great rapport with my child. His teaching style is creative and unique, while very encouraging. Without question, I would recommend Richard to anyone.
I have tried to find my true voice for over 10 years and Richard was able to help me in just a few lessons!!! This was a major breakthrough for me because it allowed me to sing effortlessly and with confidence. He explained to me the physiological aspects of what was happening with my vocal chords and now I understand what is happening underneath it all. Truly a great and inspiring teacher!!
Richard is an outstanding vocal coach! I worked with him every week for three months through Skype while stationed in Okinawa for the US Army. We were able to go over everything from proper breathing to creating growls and I’ve become a confident singer in that time. This man has truly perfected the craft of vocal instruction!
Coming from a classically trained musician it is nice to have a coach versed so well in music and theory and still is open to various genres per students preferences. He has not only opened my eyes to how the voice should be approached but to how singing is very much a subjective art.
Richard is an excellent teacher. He’s able to analyze your strengths and weaknesses instantly and you’ll be able to notice surprising results after only a few lessons!
Working with Richard has opened up my eyes to the idea that using the voice alone is an art, aside from the music itself. By utilizing the skills learned in his lessons, I have the ability to make recordings much more emotion-provoking and colorful. Not to mention he has an infinite amount of advice for making long two-hour live performances bearable. From the time I started with Richard, I have gained much more vocal endurance, strength, and flexibility. He is also one of the most patient and understanding people I have met in this industry! I am so lucky to continue to work with him and grow as an artist. If you are pursuing a career as a vocalist, Richard is the one to go to!
I am new to all of this, so I was very apprehensive about choosing the right vocal coach. Richard quickly made me feel at ease. It is very clear he is both brilliant in and passionate about his craft. He gives detailed instructions on what to do, and he explains the importance of doing it. My voice has greatly improved since working with him. His faith in my vocal abilities has given me the confidence I need to achieve my goals. He has helped me discover who I truly am as an artist. He is not only my vocal coach and mentor, but he has become my friend.
Working with Richard is definitely a great experience. He has fantastic techniques that really help me with my vocal performance. Plus, I always have a blast!
Richard Fink has been able to help me grow as a vocalist, artist and as person. Every voice lesson I look forward to learning new things and experimenting with my voice. Richard’s technique is different than any other vocal coach I’ve ever worked with in the most positive way. Ever since working with Richard, I’ve noticed an obvious change in my voice. My range has expanded, I’ve been able to understand my voice physically and have been able to inflect a wide range of emotions within a song. Richard doesn’t just see me as another student, he sees me for who I am in every aspect in order to give me the best guidance possible!
When I first sat down with Richard, I thought I was at the top of my game until he showed me how much more potential I have, and the best part, he brought it out in a matter of minutes! Whether I’m sick and need to get my voice in shape for a concert, or simply need help with phrasing and articulation, this is the guy I turn too!
My daughter has previously trained with vocal teachers both in our area and in New York City for nearly ten years. From her first vocal lesson with Richard, I felt that the experience was unique compared to anything she had done before. From the beginning, Richard got to know her as an individual and as an artist. He has taught her lessons in the anatomy of the voice, nutritional needs for the artist, staying in vocal health, as well as helping her understand how important balance is in her life as a performer and as a high school student- he teaches to the whole person. Since working with Richard these past seven months, my daughter has learned unique vocal exercises with outstanding results. He has high expectations, great direction, warmth, kindness, patience and unparalleled knowledge. I feel it is a privilege for her to work with him and I would enthusiastically recommend him to anyone in the vocal performing arena!
After only six months of working with Richard on Skype, I had the opportunity to have my music produced by a Grammy Award Winning Producer! My training with Richard had me well prepared for this opportunity and I am very happy to have such a knowledgeable person in my corner. My voice is in the best hands with Richard Fink IV!
Working with Richard is always a pleasure, any question I have is quickly answered in a very clear and fun way. He’s one of the few teachers that can demonstrate any exercise with great ease and clarity. I’ve been looking for a vocal coach that I can call my own for a long time; and I’m happy to say I’ve finally found him. Thanks Richard!
I learned a lot working with Richard and my vocals in the studio have never been better! The first song I recorded when I started working with him were good in some parts but I didn’t have time to re-record or fix so auto tune was used. After several lessons, I recorded the other songs almost effortlessly and allowed my natural voice to shine!
Kelly & Mike Jerkatis
Our 14 year old daughter has been taking vocal lessons since the age of five. Over the years we have come across many different types of teachers with many different styles. Richard is by far, the most knowledgeable and worthwhile vocal coach that our daughter has ever had. She has been with Richard for over a year now via Skype and we have seen tremendous growth in her vocal capabilities. From a parent’s point of view, doing the lessons on Skype, allows us to watch the lesson and to learn right along with her. Richard is accessible and available anytime that we have questions or concerns. We would highly recommend Richard, without hesitation, to any serious vocal student interested in making huge progress!
I have found the specific tools Richard has taught me to be invaluable. Particularly the educational process so i actually understand what to apply when and how to combine different exercises to get the most out of my voice. I appreciate the tools as a fine art and will never underestimate what my voice can do with the right guidance!I have learned so much about damage control and preservation. In particularly the space Richard comes from in that is it very holistic and recognizes me and my style as an artist and how exactly I can use my sound to get more intensity and emotion. Thanks Richard!
Richard is a knowledgeable instructor that pushes people to their capability! He gave me very helpful advice when I was out on the road touring this past summer and has some great remedies for sore throats too!