Learning how to sing isn't magic... it's science!

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WHAT IS THE VOCAL GYM?

Far beyond just another cookie-cutter online singing course, The Vocal Gym is an online learning platform that offers a variety of training, all designed to help singers improve their voices. We also have customized exercises and tools to track your progress, so you can focus on specific areas of your voice while learning.

With our patented technique and unique tools, learning how to sing has never been simpler. You’ll be able to see your progress as you go and focus on specific areas of your voice with ease. Singing has never felt so good!

The Vocal Gym has something for everyone! The courses we offer range from beginner to advanced, so no matter what your skill level is there will be an option that fits you.

Lesson video from the Vocal Gym course
    • Vocal Gym Basic (Free) is the beginning of your vocal training and measurement of its progress. The program provides targeted exercises that are tailored for each individual based on their profile assessment results, as well as access to communicate with other students in the community or book private lessons!
    • The Vocal Gym, our flagship course is a fully interactive and customizable training course designed to help you discover and develop your vocal skills to your fullest potential! The course includes everything in the Vocal Gym Basic, plus access to patented techniques, hundreds of easy-to-follow lesson videos, assignments and quizzes to reinforce the learning process, a pattern vault, picture glossary, downloadable MP3s, live lesson events, your vocal journal, A Certificate of Completion and much more.
    • Vocal Gym Advanced is for experienced singers and vocal teachers who want to take their skills even further. The advanced version, taught entirely by Richard Fink IV (founder of Throga), provides access not only to the anatomy lessons found in his original course but takes a deeper dive, into the science as well as additional resources including real-world assignments that will challenge you beyond what we’ve seen before!
    • Beyond the Gym is included with The Vocal Gym and Advanced courses. This additional course is a vital resource for any singer looking to take their voice beyond their Vocal Gym training. New lesson content and vocal tip videos covering all topics related to the voice and singing are uploaded weekly to help improve your singing abilities exponentially!

HOW YOUR VOICE ACTUALLY WORKS

The voice is not a mystical, magical thing. It works on the same principles as any other instrument – with proper knowledge and practice! The voice can be broken down into seven distinct categories known as the “7 Dimensions of Singing”.

WHAT ARE THE 7 DIMENSIONS OF SINGING?

Singers are often faced with the challenge of how to improve their voices. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there is a helpful tool that will show what your greatest strengths and weaknesses are so you’ll know what to focus on during practice at home for faster and better results!  That’s where the 7 Dimensions of Singing comes in:

    1. Flexibility – Pliability of the vocal folds
    2. Breathing – Breath management
    3. Intonation – Pitch control
    4. Range – Vocal balance from low to high
    5. Tone – Quality of sound
    6. Articulation – Diction
    7. Strength – Vocal stability and stamina

You should take our patented Vocal Profile Assessment to understand how they relate back to YOUR voice. This is completely free and will be an essential part of your vocal education process so that you can see exactly where your vocal skills are at!

When you take a vocal profile, it’s not just your voice that matters. It also takes into account age and years of experience, as well as how we perceive our own voices at different points in our life. The benefit of this is to stay “in tune” with your instrument and become fully self-aware of your skills so that you can continuously progress and ultimately express yourself authentically.

If you ever feel like “something is missing” when you sing, then exploring the Vocal Gym may prove invaluable toward achieving success on stage both personally AND professionally.

REAL TRANSFORMATIONS BY REAL PEOPLE

TRUSTED BY SINGERS AROUND THE WORLD

Travis Drew
Travis Drew
2022-09-03
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

COURSE CONTENT

VOCAL GYM COURSE

CURRICULUM

WELCOME TO THE VOCAL GYM
  • Orientation
  • How Your Instrument Works
  • Practice vs Performance
  • Introduction Quiz
PATTERN VAULT
  • Single Note Patterns
  • Glissando Patterns
  • Interval Patterns
  • Mixed Patterns
TECHNIQUE
  • The Vocal Gym
  • Guidelines
  • 7 Dimensions of Singing
  • 1st Assignment
  • Technique Quiz
FLEXIBILITY
  • What Is Flexibility?
  • Exercises & Customization
  • Student Q & A
  • 2nd Assignment
  • 3rd Assignment
  • Flexibility Quiz
BREATHING
  • What Is Breathing?
  • Exercises & Customization
  • Student Q & A
  • 4th Assignment
  • 5th Assignment
  • Breathing Quiz
INTONATION
  • What Is Intonation?
  • Exercises & Customization
  • Student Q & A
  • 6th Assignment
  • 7th Assignment
  • Intonation Quiz
RANGE
  • What Is Range?
  • Exercises & Customization
  • Student Q & A
  • 8th Assignment
  • 9th Assignment
  • Range Quiz
TONE
  • What Is Tone?
  • Exercises & Customization
  • Student Q & A
  • 10th Assignment
  • 11th Assignment
  • Tone Quiz
ARTICULATION
  • What Is Articulation?
  • Exercises & Customization
  • Student Q & A
  • 12th Assignment
  • 13th Assignment
  • Articulation Quiz
STRENGTH
  • What Is Strength?
  • Exercises & Customization
  • Student Q & A
  • 14th Assignment
  • 15th Assignment
  • Strength Quiz
TARGETING EXERCISES
  • Understanding Exercises
  • Target Flexibility
  • Target Breathing
  • Target Intonation
  • Target Range
  • Target Tone
  • Target Articulation
  • Target Strength
  • Vocal Gym Journal
  • 16th Assignment
  • Exercise Quiz
APPLYING THE 7 DIMENSIONS
  • Performance Diagnostics
  • On Stage
  • Off Stage
  • 17th Assignment
  • 18th Assignment
  • Application Quiz
CONTINUING YOUR VOCAL JOURNEY
  • Congratulations
  • Re-take Your Vocal Profile
  • Certificate Of Completion
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BEYOND THE GYM

EXERCISES

VOCAL HEALTH / MAINTENANCE
  • Nutrition for singers
  • How to sing with a cold or allergies
  • How to reduce vocal tension
  • The straw technique
  • ...and many more
SKILL TRAINING / TECHNIQUE
  • How to access whistle register
  • Taming the tongue
  • How to train your voice in secret
  • Finding your "functional" vocal range
  • ...and many more
PERFORMANCE / SINGING
  • Overcome stage fright
  • How to audition for TV shows
  • How to connect to your audience
  • ...and many more
FLEXIBILITY EXERCISES
  • Quiet ME/vocal fry on descending glissandos
  • Lip trills on split octave glissandos
  • Quiet Mm on octave scales
  • Oo on multi-interval glissandos
  • + 21 more related exercises
BREATHING EXERCISES
  • Quiet HE on fast triplets
  • Quiet Zz on slow minor fifth scales
  • Loud Ee on fast advanced intervals
  • Loud Ah on split octave glissandos
  • + 21 more related exercises
INTONATION EXERCISES
  • Quiet Z/S on fast advanced fifth
  • GE on mid-fast advanced intervals
  • Oo on multi-tempo fifth scales
  • Loud HE/HA on minor fifth scales
  • + 21 more related exercises
RANGE EXERCISES
  • Oo/Ee/Ah on slow multi-intervals
  • Loud Ah on slow octave glissandos
  • Ee on split octave glissandos
  • Quiet Zz on slow octave glissandos
  • + 21 more related exercises
TONE EXERCISES
  • Muh on octave scales w/ larynx down
  • Loud LE/LA on slow fifth scales
  • Quiet Oo/Pitched vocal fry on third scales
  • Loud Ah on interval octave glissandos
  • + 21 more related exercises
ARTICULATION EXERCISES
  • Loud LA/GA on advanced fifth scales
  • ME/MA on fast minor fifth scales
  • Multi-formants w/rotation features
  • QOo/Ee/Ah on advanced octave scale
  • + 21 more related exercises
STRENGTH EXERCISES
  • Volume swell on slow single notes
  • Loud HE on fast single notes
  • Loud Ah on advanced minor fifth scales
  • Loud HA on advanced octave scales
  • + 21 more related exercises
GLOSSARY
  • Anatomy Images
  • Vocal Vocabulary
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m already taking private lessons, do I need the course too?

Many students use the Vocal Gym course as a supplement to their private singing lessons. This way they can focus on vocal technique with access to all of the Vocal Gym exercises and Pattern Vault to maximize their practice. Plus, your teacher (Throga Certified or not) can monitor your progress to provide additional guidance and feedback. 

I’m a complete beginner. Will I actually learn how to sing with this course?

Absolutely! The course is designed for singers of all skill levels. If you have little or no experience as a singer, or want to go back and study the basics, we have you covered in the first several lessons of the Vocal Gym course. Additionally, the exercises presented throughout the course are customizable, so that you always have the appropriate degree of challenge to progress to the next level. 

What age is the Vocal Gym course best for?

The Vocal Gym Course uses techniques that are safe and beneficial to singers of all ages! However, we recommend children under the age of 13 to explore the course with a parent or teacher.

Am I too old to take an online singing course?

Whether you’re in your 50s, 70s or even 90s, you’re never too old to start singing! Singing is a lifelong journey; it doesn’t matter where you begin, or continue learning. Should you have any specific questions or challenges once you’ve started the course, you are always welcome to reach out to our Certified Throga Instructors in the private Facebook Group to assist you.

Are there any live lessons available to course subscribers?

Yes! Live lessons are available through the Beyond The Gym course. This includes both group sessions with several Vocal Gym members, as well as 1-on-1 opportunities with a Certified Throga Instructor for others to watch and learn from. Private lessons are also available by clicking on the lesson schedule from your student dashboard.  

Can I download lessons from any of the courses?

Video lessons are not available for download. However, you can download practice MP3s from the Pattern Vault (included in the Vocal Gym Course) and course assignments. Please note that playing downloaded MP3s from your device will not get automatically calculated into your weekly training goals.

What if I have questions during the course? Can I talk to the instructors?

Absolutely. If you don’t already have a teacher or organization to help you, there are two ways to contact our Certified Throga Instructors: Post your question in the private Facebook Group or send a direct message to our support team by scrolling down to the bottom of the lesson page you are inquiring about. If your question goes beyond the expertise of our general support, it will be immediately forward to one of our instructors to assist you directly.

Do you have a trial membership for any of the online courses for singers?

Access to the Vocal Gym dashboard is free. Forever. This includes the Vocal Profile assessment, a custom guided vocal exercise, and interaction with all of the Certified Throga Instructors for general questions and feedback. After that, you can choose a subscription plan (monthly, annual or lifetime) to start the Vocal Gym Course with over 300 videos, a pattern vault, live streaming lessons, and much much more. If you’re still not sure, we recommend trying the monthly plan for only $59! This way, you can have access to the entire program for a full 30 days with zero obligation to continue. That’s 24 hour access for an entire month to hundreds of exclusive videos and lessons for less money than the national average of a 1 hour private lesson.

Will I really notice a difference in my singing just by taking the online course?

Without a doubt! As long as you take the time to apply what you are learning, you will absolutely see REAL changes in both your awareness and skills as a singer. The techniques and exercises you will learn are designed to adapt to whatever your current needs are so that you continually progress.  Like any other physical activity, the more you practice/repeat something with good form, the deeper your mental programing (muscle memory) becomes, and the quicker you will improve.

What if I can’t get to the course every day? Will my singing still improve?

The beauty of this online course is that you can go at your own pace, on your own schedule. These lessons are available anywhere you have internet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! This way you can watch a lesson, practice a guided exercise, or read about singing whenever you want. If you have to skip a day, two, or even a week, you can pick right back up where you left off. Of course, if you stop vocalizing or singing for several weeks, or even months, it will take some time for your voice to respond at the same level you were when you stopped, but it will be much faster than it was the first time you built those skills up!

Are there any opportunities to perform in the Vocal Gym?

Yes! We have both online and in-person opportunities to perform and share your voice. Although the premise of the Vocal Gym is to train and build skills for singing, the Beyond the Gym members (included in the Vocal Gym course subscriptions) are invited to participate in monthly live events online, where they can interact with other members and perform with direct feedback from Certified Throga Instructors. We also encourage you to share your recorded singing videos on the private Facebook Group with the Vocal Gym community. In-person performance opportunities include Throga Retreats, studio recording (at Throga Records) and convention style events at various locations (these events are currently paused due to COVID traveling and performance restrictions).

What makes the Vocal Gym different from all the other online singing courses?

To start with, we truly care about each and every one of our Vocal Gym members and feel strongly that the more people we can help to embrace their voice, build self-worth and express themselves with joy in their heart, the better the world will become. Meaning, we believe that cultivating a safe and positive environment for people to grow as singers (and humans) is more valuable than the number of sales we make! This is why we offer several free vocal exercises, video tips and personal feedback on singing to ALL of our members, not just our paid subscribers. That said, we have several standout features that are, in the very least, unique, and won’t be found anywhere else:

  • Vocal Profile Assessment to monitor and measure progress
  • The patented 7 Dimensions of Singing to accurately identify skill levels
  • Customizable exercises that truly assist ALL singers in ANY style of singing
  • Our system auto-tracks and journals your practice time towards weekly goals
  • Advanced users can generate their own exercises to target desired vocal dimensions
  • Interaction with Certified Throga Instructors – you are never alone in your journey!

How long does it take to complete a course?

If you are working with a teacher or homeschool program that is integrating the lessons into a curriculum, the Vocal Gym Course can easily be spread out over a year’s time to provide the appropriate practice time in between private and/or classroom lessons. If you are taking the course on your own, you can move at any pace that feels right for you! Like a good book, many singers often repeat the same lessons, if not the entire course, several times to get the most out of it! The course is rich with information and even professionals repeat the basics while exploring new challenges to stay in peak performance throughout their career. Alternatively, you could push through the entire Vocal Gym Course inside of a single month. Though this can be useful to get a feel for everything in the course, along with absorbing a ton of new information, it is not recommended. Binge watching videos and rushing through assignments will not magically advance your voice without putting the hours of practice in, needed to fully benefit from what you will learn. After all, creating new mental programs and physical behaviors takes a whole lot of repetition. And because singing is a lifetime love for many, we always have something new for you to explore in the Beyond The Gym course (included with the Vocal Gym Courses) with weekly exclusive content added. Whatever you decide, don’t feel rushed and go at your own pace. You will continue to see growth regardless of how “fast” you are going and as always, we are here to help you along the way!

If I complete a course, can I re-watch the videos and retake the quizzes?

As many times as you like! So long as you have an active subscription, or are a lifetime member, there is no limit to how many times you can play videos or MP3s. You will never be limited to a one-time viewing.

How quickly can I expect to see results?

Having an awareness of new concepts and exploring new exercises can have an instant positive effect on your voice! Since the course presents everything from an anatomical (scientific) perspective, it is common for singers to ‘get it’ quickly and notice some changes right away. However! Any lasting behaviors and improvement of skill will require a tremendous amount of practice. So the length of time it takes to reach your goals depends on how often you practice your new training, how effectively you apply the new techniques and how much mental “re-writing” is needed if you are starting off with poor habits. Changes can happen quickly, but quality results will take time and devotion to your craft.

Will I receive a certification for completing the Vocal Gym Course?

Upon successfully completing any of the Vocal Gym Courses (this includes all lessons, assignments and quizzes with a score of 80% or higher) you will automatically receive a downloadable, date-stamped, PDF that you can print and show your teachers and share with others. In addition, you will be awarded up to seven badges for every dimension section you successfully complete within the course! 

VOCAL GYM MEMBERSHIPS

VOCAL GYM BASIC

INCLUDED FOR ALL USERS

Vocal Profile Assessment
  • Measure vocal skills and progress
7 Dimensions of Singing
  • A guided exercise based on your profile
  • Downloadable MP3s for practice
Access to FaceBook group page
  • Interact with Certified Instructors
1-on-1 Virtual Lessons
  • Book lessons with Certified Instructors
No Subscription Required
FREE

VOCAL GYM

RECOMMENDED

Includes Vocal Gym Basic
Vocal Profile Assessment
  • Measure vocal skills and progress
Multiple Dashboard Views
  • Student, Teacher and Parent
  • Send and receive tasks
  • Monitor student/child progress
Join Organizations and Groups
  • Interact with teacher, school, etc
Access to Patented Techniques
  • 7 Dimensions of Singing
  • Vocal Gym Guidelines
Vocal Anatomy Lessons
  • Easy to follow videos and diagrams
Dimension Exercises
  • Guided exercise videos
  • Customizing tutorials
Assignments & Quizzes
  • Reinforce learned techniques
Student Question Videos
  • Answered by Certified Instructors
Pattern Vault
  • Downloadable MP3s
Glossary
  • Key words and phrases with images
* Beyond The Gym
  • Unlock upon completing Vocal Gym
  • Additional guided exercises
  • Exclusive performance lessons
  • Vocal-tip video archive
  • Live streaming events
Awards
  • Dimension badges
  • Certificate of completion
Course Content
  • 300+ videos and counting
  • 80+ practice MP3s
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Monthly Subscription
$59 / month
* INCLUDES BEYOND THE GYM COURSE
Yearly Subscription SAVE 44%
$397 / year
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Life Time Subscription
$597 / one time
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VOCAL GYM ADVANCED

Includes Vocal Gym
Vocal Profile Assessment
  • Measure vocal skills and progress
In-Depth Training
  • Adapted for professionals & teachers
  • Deeper look into instrument anatomy
  • All lessons presented by Richard Fink IV
  • Real world assignments/challenges
  • Advanced quiz questions
Exercise Generator (2023)
  • See exercise formula in action
  • Create custom vocal exercises
  • Assign exercises to students
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Yearly Subscription SAVE 44%
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Life Time Subscription
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CREATOR OF THE 7 DIMENSIONS OF SINGING

Richard Fink IV is the founder of Throga®, #1 Best-Selling Author in vocal education and labeled as the “world’s leading online vocal coach” by the Wall Street Journal. He has worked with singers in 126 countries, spanning all 7 continents, including multi-platinum selling artists, professional actors, political leaders, and Broadway stars.

As a vocalist, Richard is a 3x Guinness World Record holder 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 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 Voice of Dance Life Unite in Australia and Suncane Skale televised throughout Europe, coaching at Talent Camp at Universal Studios, and teaching Masterclasses at various Universities. Richard’s crowning achievement, however, was becoming the only person in U.S. history to be awarded a full-utility patent on a vocal training technique with the 7 Dimensions of Singing.