Tim Aymar is considered by many, one of the best voices in the heavy metal genre. His work with Control Denied and Pharaoh is what he is best known for, although as a session singer he is multifaceted, and can sing whatever style suits the music. With a range of 4 1/2 octaves at the age of 54, Tim is an example of what good vocal technique can do for a career in music. Throughout his 39 years of singing professionally, he's shared the stage with the likes of Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Dokken, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many other top performers.
He started teaching at the request of a local music store in Pittsburgh when his cover band Dr. No showed his talent for teaching the other 4 members of the band to build their own strong and confident voices. With the production crew lead by Matt Harrington, a former mastering engineer from Chicago, they got the attention of Songwriter/Producer Sam Hazo, a.k.a. the Marching Band Director at a local high school, who tutored Tim in vocal anatomy and helped him round out his education to be as successful at teaching as he was at entertaining and recording. He soon had around 30 students per week, instructing experienced professionals, semi-professionals and talented amateurs with the determination to become professionals. Later, he taught students age 12-82 at another music store in Washington, PA, by referral of the former voice teacher, an opera singer who tested Tim on his knowledge of classical voice technique, ear training, improvisation, and she was very impressed by his teaching style. Making the student feel comfortable and relaxed is his first priority. Most students who quit, do because they feel pressured and scrutinized like they've failed. Students who leave Tim's guidance usually do because they have succeeded.
Tim was awarded and celebrated as one of Pittsburgh's most talented and successful rock vocalists in the early 90's with Triple-X, who broke attendance records from Erie to Baltimore, some of which still stand today. Making music and teaching it became a full-time job. With a full-time schedule with the band, he opted to teach from his home, to a handful of students who proved their passion for singing, the ambition to learn and the self-discipline needed to become great singers. One of those students was Brian Balich the virtuous voice of Argus, signed to Cruz Del Sur Music making great company with Tim's band Pharaoh, their top-selling recording artists since 2003.
Tim is also the voice of Control Denied, led by the legendary godfather of death metal, Chuck Schuldiner, the Guitarist/Singer of Death. Their one and only album was released in 2000 on Nuclear Blast Records which features the top heavy metal bands in the world. Titled "The Fragile Art Of Existence", their debut broke the boundaries between traditional, progressive and brutal metal. Since Chuck's passing in 2001, their fan base continues to grow and tribute bands have emerged all over the world.
Simultaneously, Tim had earned his wings as a Recording Engineer/Producer at Soundscape Studios (now renamed Tonic Studios) which he co-founded in 1995, with owner Doug Kasper under the guidance of Chief Engineer Matt Harrington, who was formerly his stage manager and sound engineer in Dr. No. Together, they recorded a multitude of artists in every genre of music imaginable. Tim lent his talent for harmony to many of those clients, and as a Producer, showed a unique talent for working one-on-one with vocalists and capturing performances far beyond what they knew they had inside them.
True confidence is the key to star quality singing, and that comes from being prepared through education, diligence, and experience. This is what learning from Tim will give you.
The Tim Aymar method of vocal technique is a mix of ear training, theory, belt and bel canto techniques, and voice therapy, with focus on creating a confident, healthy vocal technique that can be used for any style you wish to sing. The result is a naturally sounding voice in all registers with confident control, accurate pitch, greater range, projection, fuller tone, flexibility, and stamina.
Students will need a piano or electronic keyboard for their lessons in addition to the computer and internet requirements. Mr. Aymar will also recommend books, music, and materials that may be of great value, however not completely necessary to purchase.