Vocal Release ScreenshotTrying to decide if Eric Frey’s “Vocal Release” course will be a good investment to help you improve your singing skills?

For months, we have been buying all the most popular singing lessons online and running them through our unbiased rating algorithm to compare them fairly, and Vocal Release is rated 73.5%, putting it at #4 overall.

To learn more about the course and to help decide if it’s right for you and your singing goals, check out our detailed Vocal Release review below, including pros & cons and a complete breakdown of the entire course.


If you decide to purchase Vocal Release ($97), this is what you will get:

  • Audio & eBook lessons
  • 352 page workbook (PDF)
  • 100 Audio Tracks (MP3)
  • Songwriting Guide (36 page PDF)
  • Rhyming Dictionary (246 page PDF)
  • Private Q&A Support


Eric Frey, Creator of Vocal ReleaseEric Frey is the creator of Vocal Release. He has been singing and gradually improving his voice for over 22 years.

He started singing when he was 15 years old, and he bounced around to quite a few instructors looking for the right one to improve his voice so he could sing in his band.

Over time, he started to realize that most private lessons are focused on getting the student back as often as possible so the teacher can keep making money, which bothered him enough that he decided to start taking notes and compiling his own manual for singers.

After about 7 years of learning, he started focusing on his course, Vocal Release.

Over the past 15 years, he has taught 1,000′s of people to sing.


Q: How much does Vocal Release cost?

A: This course is $97 for an entirely digital download (no shipment).

Q: If I don’t like it, is there a money back guarantee?

A: Yes. Eric gives you 60 days to see if you like his course. If you don’t, it’s easy to get a refund.

Q: How does Vocal Release compare to private voice lessons?

A: Eric Frey offers private lessons for $75/hour, but his course is $97 for dozens of hours of instruction. The quality is lower than in-person tutoring, but it’s nice being able to read and listen to lessons until you master them, and it’s far more affordable.

Q: How many lessons are included with the course?

A: The 352 page ebook is broken up into about 39 sections, and there are 100 audio tracks to learn from. Plus, there are 2 bonus ebooks.

Q: System requirements?

A: All you will need is a simple PDF reader (free) and audio software like iTunes or Windows Media Player to listen to the MP3s. Mac and PC compatible.

Q: Is the course based on theory or exercises?

A: There’s a pretty good mix of the two. The ebook gets a little dry with theory at times (mostly since you have to read it as opposed to listening to it or watching videos), but there are also plenty of helpful exercises.


Here is a breakdown of the other popular courses we have reviewed for comparison:

  1. Singing Success - Rating: 96.4% – Price: $199.95 – Type: Audio, Video, Book & Forum
  2. Sing with Freedom - Rating: 90.2% – Price: $147 – Type: DVD & Books or Online
  3. Singorama - Rating: 82.4% – Price: $99.95 – Type: Audio, eBooks & Software
  4. Vocal Release - Rating: 73.5% – Price: $97 – Type: Audio & eBook


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Lesson Quality: 64.3%
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84.2/100 Rating
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72.1/100 Rating
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92.5/100 Rating
Support: 92.5%

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57.6/100 Rating
Entertainment: 57.6%

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Rating: 73.5/100. Created by a knowledgable instructor, but the quality of the lessons is lacking and the 352 page ebook is difficult to get through at times. Great material, but the delivery makes it harder to absorb everything.

- Taught by an experienced singer
- Some innovative techniques explored
- Lots of material included
- Support by email and phone

- Audio quality is terrible
- Ebook is 352 pages and dry at points
- Lessons could be better organized
- Large file downloads (400+ MB total)

History of Vocal Release

After learning to sing from a variety of voice coaches, Eric Frey set out to create a new technique that would help singers unlock their full range, and improve their vocal ability.

He slowly but surely improved his voice by playing in bands and taking college-level classes, and all the while he added to his singer’s manual.

Now, 22 years since he began singing, Eric has been teaching people his “Vocal Release” methods through his downloadable course, and through private lessons.

Course Format

Here’s a summarized breakdown of Vocal Release:

Lessons (100 Audio Tracks)

Part 1 – Audio:
Intro, Relax, Diagnostic Explanation, Scale, Exercises (focused on breathing)

Part 2 - Audio:
13 Exercise tracks

Part 3 - Audio:
Scale warm-ups, exercises and explanations

Part 4 - Audio:
More scale warm-ups, exercises and explanations

Part 5 - Audio:
8 step guide (one track per step)

Part 6:
Songwriting Guide & Rhyming Dictionary

Part 7 - Audio:
Scales: 13 with drums, 13 without drums

Singer’s Manual (PDF)

1. “Why Learning to Sing by Ear is Very Bad”
2. “How the Voice Works”
3. “Registers Don’t Exist”
4. “The Speaking Voice”
5. “The Different Attitudes of Singing”
6. “Smoothing Out the Bridges”
7. “Warm-ups”
8. “Exercises”
9. “Proper Posture and Breathing”
10. “Breathing Exercises”
11. “Attack and Placement”
12. “Mastering Your Bridge Break”
13. “Open Mouth Exercise Tips”
14. “Checklist for Open Mouth Singing”
15. “How to Sing a Full Resonant Tone”
16. “Attack and Placement Revisited”
17. “Attacking the Voice from the Mask”
18. “Attack: The Magical Word is HUNG”
19. “The 3 Methods of Learning to Sing”
20. “Troubleshooting Voice Production with HUNG”
21. “Learning to Flex the Soft Pallet”
22. “Faking a French Accent”
23. “Articulation & Vocal Dexterity”
24. “Placing Strongly into the Mask”
25. “Dynamic Levels of Singing”
26. “Gesturing”
27. “Vocal Drama”
28. “Upkeep of Your Voice”
29. “Continually Improving”
30. “No-Scales Vocal Workout”
31. “Vowel Sounds and the Registration Method”
32. “What Trigger Sounds Do”
33. “Warm-Downs”
34. “Transitions from Exercises to Words”
35. “Choosing a Microphone”
36. “Vocal Health”
37. “What to Eat Before a Performance”
38. “Setting Up a Productive Practice Schedule”
39. “Vocal Classifications”
40. “Developing Style”
41. “Covering Other Artists’ Material”
42. “Mimicry”
43. “Finding a Vocal Tone for Your Style”
44. “Developing an Ear for Vocal Tone and Colors”
45. “Fundamentals of Singing”
46. “The Right Coach?”
47. “Practicing Bad Habits?”
48. “Pitfalls Singers Always Have to Watch For”
49. “Definitions of Common Singing Terms”
50. “Where Resonance is Generally Felt”
51. “8 Week Vocal Routine”

As you can see, the workbook jumps all over the place.

Eric does a good job of bringing things together, but it would be nice to have a clearer path to follow.

Also, he recommends his students read the entire 352 page PDF ebook before starting the audio tracks, which can get quite boring compared to the mostly-audio courses we have reviewed.

He does cover a ton of material, and somehow has time to dive deep into some concepts. Since this is the cheapest course we bought, there’s something to be said for that.

Is Vocal Release for You?

This is a tough one. We certainly respect Eric Frey as a singer and instructor, but in the end a teacher’s ability to teach is only as good as his/her delivery of the concepts.

Knowledge only goes so far, because the instructor’s experience can’t be transferred directly to the students. It has to be delivered in an easy-to-understand way.

For example, there are plenty of brilliant college professors out there that do great work and research in their field of expertise, but they couldn’t teach a kid to tie their shoes so they’re difficult to learn from.

Eric is definitely able to convey his points well, but the lack of organization combined with poor audio quality of the lessons and long writing makes it harder to learn.

If you’re just looking for useful content and new techniques to increase your range and improve your voice (and don’t mind the lower quality delivery), Vocal Release is the cheapest course that will help you do that.

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Conclusion to our Vocal Release Review

We hope you enjoyed our detailed Vocal Release review, and that our evaluation helped you figure out if it’s right for you.

Still not sure? Have a question about Vocal Release? Want to submit your own review? We’d love to hear from you!


  1. Peter Sydes
    October 8, 2012

    Is it really possible to extend one’s range with Singing Success?

  2. Kyle
    October 9, 2012

    Hi Peter,

    Great question. Though it depends on the singer (their natural abilities, where they’re starting from, and their drive to work through the lessons), it is definitely possible to extend vocal range with Singing Success.

    Brett has a 5-octave range, and his course walks through many of the techniques and exercises he uses to expand his range.

    Have a great day!

  3. Paul
    February 25, 2014

    Great concept for your website! Simple question: do you know of any resources (including materials you have reviewed) that would help someone who has developed vocal problems? I am 55 and used to have some pretty decent vocal chops, but in the past ten years I can’t seem to control my vibrato and it drives me crazy. Other than addressing an aging process, do any of these lessons deal with rehabilitation? If not, are you able to point me in the right direction? Thanks for your time.

  4. Kyle
    February 25, 2014

    Hi Paul,

    This is a great question, thanks for the comment!

    I honestly don’t know much about voice rehabilitation, though I’m confident that between the free resources and the course offered, that Brett Manning would have what you’re looking for because his site has the most material of any we’ve reviewed.

    Check out the free stuff at the top right so you don’t have to pay anything to get a good amount of value, then if you’re comfortable trying out one of the courses we recommend them for sure.

    Have a great day!

  5. Dan
    March 11, 2014

    Bonjour from Paris Kyle & Brian!

    And thank you very much for this very valuable website you put together.

    Well well well…I like to call myself a singer-songwritter. But though my voice sounds decent, it definitely could use some improvement.

    I heard about Per Bristow’s method a while back and I kept it in my mind, especially because it emphasizes on building a strong musical foundation – which I absolutely lack. Plus, he seems to be confident about the possibility of widening the vocal range – which is also something I need.

    After putting aside that passion for a bit, I am now ready and willing to take my voice to a higher level. However, before making my final decision, I decided to do some research and came accross your website.

    You seem to claim that Brett Maning’s Singing Success is the most complete online singing method out there, but do you think it can help me with attaining my main goals – i.e. building a strong musical foundation (especially ear training and harmony) as well as widening my range ?

    Thank you very much in advance for your answers!

    Kind regards.

  6. Kyle
    March 11, 2014

    Hi Dan,

    Bonjour! You’re so welcome, thanks for the comment.

    We are confident you’ll be able to build a strong musical foundation and widen your vocal range with Singing Success, yes. You could also do this with Per Bristow’s course, but our rating algorithm rated Brett Manning’s course higher so we recommend that one overall.

    Have a great day!

  7. Dan
    March 11, 2014

    Thanks very much Kyle for your feedback!

    Beyond your algorithm, which I absolutely have no doubt about, what’s your personal opinion on the subject?

    I mean, according to your own use of both methods, which one is best for both building a strong musical foundation and widening the vocal range?

  8. Kyle
    March 11, 2014

    In my opinion, Singing Success is the better course. They both have a lot of knowledge and a great teaching style, but I feel like everything is more polished and refined with Brett’s website and materials. Plus, there’s more content in total without paying beyond the course because of the free weekly lessons they add.

  9. Dan
    March 11, 2014

    Thank you very much for your valuable opinion. You’ve been of great help.

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