What is Speech Level Singing?

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Speech Level Singing (also called SLS) is a popular singing technique developed by Seth Riggs, a teacher based in California with arguably one of the most prestigious client lists!

It is a technique largely based on the old school Italian method “bel canto”, adapted for the rigours of contemporary singing. A great deal of emphasis is placed on helping singers navigate the passagio – also known as the bridge/break. Through careful training and well chosen exercises singers can learn to iron out those awkward transitions in the voice, to ultimately have a cohesive sound from bottom to top, without unhelpful manipulation or straining.

I was trained by Seth and his colleagues for 11 years. When I moved to Australia I was able to help grow awareness of this very useful technique and share this with other teachers and clients.

Since leaving the organisation I’ve trained in other methods and established my own style of teaching that is influenced by the great teachers and mentors I’ve been fortunate enough to study with. I still value the tools that I learnt with SLS to establish seamless and tension free transitions of the vocal bridges. Simply because they really do work!

Private lessons enable me to tailor your exercises to your particular voice, music style and solve a specific problem you are experiencing.

Speech Level Singing is an absolute refusal on the part of the performer to help the pitches in any way.

Seth riggs

real epiphanies

Paris Wells

Lisa made sure my voice was intact for big tours. Lisa was a huge part of my vocal development!

Rahel Phillips

In only a few months I have a totally new relationship with my voice! I use to feel trapped by my vocal capabilities. Since working with Lisa every session brings a breakthrough moment, leaving me with practical tools to use and helpful mentalities to adopt to singing freely and from the heart!

Adam Kleist

Lisa is an extraordinary teacher. She has increased my vocal range and control. In addition her guidance, expertise and positivity have helped me to achieve confidence as a song writer which is now resulting in exciting opportunities within the industry. I cant emphasise enough what an amazing teacher Lisa is.

Clare Bowditch

I have to be honest; I’m not big on “formal voice training”, however, in the midst of a theatre production when I found myself struggling with an ongoing sore throat, someone suggested I might be able to pick up a few ‘technique’ tips from Lisa Perks. Three lessons later, I’d discovered a brand new octave and a new comfort with my high range that I didn’t even know existed. Not bad, huh!

Kane Alexander

Lisa is an incredible singing teacher! Her knowledge of the human voice, her caring and expertise helps you bring out your best. That’s why I have been learning from her for more than 10 years. We’ve made a lot of progress and that allows me to preserve my voice and sing easily.

Chelsea Plumley

Lisa is very simply, a fantastic teacher! Her technical knowledge, willingness to dig into the ‘problem’ areas and easy manner make a winning combination. Lisa has expanded my voice beyond what it could previously do. I can’t wait for my lesson each week. I am a HUGE fan of Speech Level Singing and Lisa is an impeccable teacher of the methodology.