About CVT

Complete Vocal Technique (CVT) is a pioneering and innovative approach to vocal technique. It is widely known in Europe and utilized by professional singers, singing teachers, and actors. The techniques can be used in all styles of singing, and are highly useful for anyone interested in the voice —from professionals to beginners.

During 25 years of intensive research across all vocal styles, Cathrine Sadolin (founder of the Complete Vocal Institute in Denmark) has inspired innovative thinking within the field and developed techniques for all styles of singing. In her latest research study she cooperated with Dr. Julian McGlashan at Queens Medical Center, Nottingham (UK). Complete Vocal Technique consciously avoids judgement on sound or taste, and is a riot against old myths: Everybody can learn to sing – the so-called “tone deaf” does not exist – and it is possible to produce ALL sounds in a healthy manner.

In Complete Vocal Technique the techniques are divided into four main subjects:

  • THE THREE OVERALL PRINCIPLES (support, necessary twang, avoid protruding the jaw and tightening the lips)
    — to ensure healthy sound production.
  • THE FOUR VOCAL MODES (Neutral, Curbing, Overdrive, Edge)
    — to choose the ‘gear’ you want to sing in.
    — to make the sound lighter or darker.
    — to achieve specific sound effects such as distortion, creak, rattle, growl, grunt, screams, vocal breaks, air added to the voice, vibrato, techniques for ornamentation.

Read more about the main subjects of Complete Vocal Technique.

Visual Chart of the four subjects showing how they build upon each other.