Don't just sing to be heard - Sing to be felt and believed. Sing to inspire.”

— Clif

Clif'sTeaching Philosophy

Clif studied vocal technique with master vocal coach Seth Riggs' (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder) associates Chip Hand, Roger Burnley in Los Angeles, and Jane Sharpe in Berkeley. 

10 STEPS TO VOCAL VITALITY: DISCOVERING & DEVELOPING YOUR SINGING VOICE  
by Clif Payne

1. Physical
     a. Total foundational health maintenance promotes lasting vocal care
     b. Correct body posture is foundational
     c.  Face, neck, chest, diaphragm, back
2. Spiritual: All you really need is love of life.
3. Technical: Correct vocal technique is essential to singing well.
4. Musical: You make and shape your unique vocal sounds
     a. Pitch, melody, rhythm, beat, tone, diction, breath support
5. Communicable (Ready, set—engage!)
     a. What are the rules of engagement?  Eye to eye contact/facial expression
     b. Sing to be felt and believed, not just to be heard
     c.  Become the song, emote your performance
6. Mental 
     a.  Think different; You're not just a singer--you’re a vocal athlete.
     b.  If you're career-minded, it’s
a lifestyle for the long haul.
     c.  Your voice is unique, one-of-a-kind
     d.  Turn fear/anxiety into confidence/energy
     e.  You are a human vocal instrument--You are not a mechanical instrument. 
          Mechanical instruments strive to emulate the human voice. The human voice does not have to emulate a mechanical instrument.
7.  Personal: Giving the songs your view of life
     a. cultural: The bloodlines that make you, YOU!
8. Patience/Perseverance with the process of your vocal development
9.  Conversational: Sing with the ease of how you speak.
10. Practice.  Don't solely rely on developing your voice in performance.