More Than A Vocal Lesson!
Turn your vocal lessons into a finished professional recording.
ELS Productions Inc. A professional full service recording studio.
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can transform you into an amazing recording star!
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What Makes Us Different from Ordinary Vocal Training?
Turn your vocal lesson into a finished recording!
With ordinary vocal training, you get instruction but you don't get to record the actual audio to listen to. Each week after your lesson, we'll e-mail you a recording of the best performance you did during that lesson so you can listen to it during the week and identify areas where you need to improve. Over time you'll end up with finished tracks you can release to family and friends. Once you have completed several songs you can even burn them to a CD as an album or EP. We offer full duplication and professional packaging in-house.
See visual feedback of your pitch control
With our advanced software we can not only playback each vocal take, we can visually show you your detailed pitch note by note. When you hear and see the problem areas, they become that much easier to fix. It's an entirely new approach to vocal instruction. We make vocal lessons fun and exciting because you are working on a finished track while you learn!
Gain confidence and control over your vocal performance.
Confidence is one of the most important characteristics of a good vocalist. Confidence comes from knowing you can sing a song with pitch and tone control and deliver an emotional performance that is star quality. Confidence is something you gain as you see progress in your abilities. With our lessons, you get to hear every take. We find this type of feedback so much better than just having your instructor tell you what they heard. As you improve by hearing your various takes, and even visually seeing them, your confidence will blossom.
Tell me more about the instructor?
My name is Mark McLelland. I have been in the music business more years than I can count. I started back in the 70's in a local rock band. I was the lead singer and bass player. We performed at Stake Dances, High School Dances and Private Parties. We were together for over five years. We even recorded an album back in the day. Next I was in a Duo where we both sang and played guitar and bass. We played at restaurants, weddings and night clubs fro about three years.
In 1986 I opened ELS Studio (which later became ELS Productions). This had been a dream of mine for years to have a recording studio. We grew and evolved into the digital studio we have now. In the 90's I teamed up with two local lyric writers. They wrote lyrics and I would write the music and melody lines. I then recorded each songs demo and they sent them off to publishers. We signed around 100 contracts with various publishers and I learned a lot about the music business during this time.
In 1991 a small label in Pennsylvania (Allegheny Records) signed 10 of our songs to publishing contracts and asked me to release an album with those ten songs. I recorded the album in my studio, playing 95% of all the instruments and singing all of the vocals. I ended up in Nashville singing at the Bluebird Cafe and performing at several venues for a week in the summer of 1992. The title song from the album charted to number 13 on the independent charts and even cracked into the top 100 on Billboard. The album was also released in Europe and received a lot of airplay there.
At this point I either needed to move to Nashville and pursue a career ( a spotty proposition at best), or keep my family in Utah where they all wanted to be. I chose the latter and never looked back. The studio has continued on through the years and just recently we moved to Elk Ridge Utah to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. I have five beautiful children and my wife and I have been together for over 40 years. She has hung in with me through the ups and downs of the music business. I love music and have a passion for producing great songs. I hope I can help others enjoy the music business and become better at utilizing the talent they have.
What ages do you accept?
We will start working with individuals that are 10 years of age or older. We highly recommend some prior voice training before turning your attention to recording. These lessons are not designed as beginner lessons.
Will I really see an improvement in my pitch and confidence?
Recording is vastly different than live singing. I have done both and I can honestly say that recording helps me uncover my weaknesses and problems much faster than live performing ever could. We will record your vocals each week and send you a copy to listen to. Listening over and over helps you identify problem areas. Half the battle of correcting pitch and tone issues is being able to identify them. Once we identify problem areas we can work on the proper techniques and methods to correct them. You'll see the difference after just a few lessons.
What are my options for lessons and what do you charge?
We offer both a half hour and a full hour weekly lesson. You pay at the beginning of each month for that month's lessons. The monthly charge is the same and does not change if the month has an extra week in it. We also offer package rates for multi-weeks where you can save over the monthly rate. Our current pricing is as follows:
30 minute lesson each week - $140.00 per month or $390.00 paid Quarterly
60 minute lesson each week - $260.00 per month or $705.00 paid Quarterly
The price includes the lessons and recording studio. Additional supplies such as CDs etc. are extra. You need to supply your own Karaoke or Minus tracks that you want to perform with.
Is this a good way for beginners to start?
While it may work for a beginner, we recommend this training for vocalists who already have the basics under their belt. Our lessons are not focused on basic vocal training but are more focused on recording and improving your ability to perform in a studio environment and on stage. The studio can be one of the toughest places to sing. It is often one on one with just you and the engineer. Some singers can find that intimidating. If you have ever wanted to record and produce an album, this training accomplishes that as you are learning how the studio works and gaining confidence in your abilities. We highly recommend that you already possess the raw talent and overall ability to sing in front of an audience.
What do we need to bring to lessons?
Each week we recommend you arrive a few minutes early for your lesson and be ready to go. Warm up on your way to the studio so that we can use lesson time to record and work on your vocal. You need to choose some songs you want to sing and record. These can be virtually any style. Check to see if a Karaoke or Minus track is available online. You can find a lot of tracks for Pop, Country, Broadway, and even Classical online on iTunes, or by searching for your song title and adding the work Karaoke to the search. Not everything is available but thousands of tracks are. Pick a few you like and download them to a thumb drive or a CD and bring that with you to your lesson.
What else can I expect from your lessons?
It will take several lessons to perfect each song so don't expect to walk out each week with a finished track. We'll have you record a take and then we'll play it back and analyze it with the pitch software. We'll discuss where you need work and help you learn to control your pitch and tone. A perfect vocal is seldom an accident. Planning and knowing proper techniques are what make a vocal sound natural. The final touch is connecting with the song emotionally and we'll help you in that area too. Our goal is to help you record a final track you will be proud to play for your family and friends, and anyone else for that matter. Everyone will progress at different rates.
What other services do you provide?
We can help you produce an album, score a video, or arrange a custom track just for you to sing to. If you are a singer/songwriter, we can help you with lyrics, melodies and chord arrangements and take your song to final production. We offer custom arranging of cover songs that are unique and different and can help you stand out from the crowd over singing the original artist version. I love to mash up the arrangement and make a fast song slow or a slow song fast and take it in a totally different direction than it originally went. This custom track would allow you to release your music on Spotify or iTunes etc. We are a full service recording studio and have done it all through the years. We can help with virtually any audio recording needs you may have.
Where is the studio located?
Our studio is located in beautiful Elk Ridge, Utah. Elk Ridge is by Payson and Salem in the southern part of Utah County. The studio is located in my home at 627 West Olympic Lane Elk Ridge, UT 84651. The studio was built and finished in late 2017. We have both a control room and a vocal booth that is sound proofed and treated acoustically. We have the latest software and hardware needed to get a professional quality sound in a comfortable friendly environment.
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