Testimonials from Lynn's students and peers
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"I can’t say enough about how sessions with Lynn raised the bar on my vocals, skills, range and confidence to get out there and do my thing!! It doesn’t matter what your level is- you’ll get big inspiration and joy from Lynn’s coaching! Don’t dream it... do it!!"
"On my first day in Lynn Asher's studio, she asked me what my intention was in working with her. Though I'd been a hobbyist backup singer in several bands, I wanted to feel more confident getting out in front and expressing myself more freely. I started by listing for Lynn all of the things that my voice couldn't do, telling her of my dashed dreams of singing because of my stage fright, and my "inability" to just "let go" and get up on stage and express myself through my performance and voice. Lynn quickly turned my intentions inside-out, put them in the positive and we got to work on building technical skills that provided a foundation and helped me build confidence, getting me to tap into my creativity and emotion through my vocals, and working with me on performance techniques. Eventually, I (almost) fearlessly took the stage at the Sweetwater and belted out an Aretha song! My sessions with Lynn transcended what I ever imagined that I'd get out of vocal coaching- because by helping me to tap into places I didn't think I could go, she helped me to "get out in front" in my work and personal life too."
Tricia Hellman Gibbs, MD
The Legacy of Warren Hellman
"Among the many things for which I'm grateful to my father, Warren Hellman, one of the most cherished is his introduction to his voice instructor, Lynn Asher. Though Dad was a brilliant investment banker, probably the thing he's best known for is for founding and funding the now famous free music festival in San Francisco, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB). Sometime around 2003, inspired by the musicians who came to town to play for this event, Dad created his own band, The Wronglers. Several years later, he asked around for an instructor to tune up his voice for his own original songs. Lynn signed on for the task, and later joined The Wronglers in several performances.
After Dad passed on in 2011, his children also caught the musical bug (several of the grandchildren were already involved in musical careers), and we've all had the great fortune and opportunity to play together as a family band at HSB every fall since then. I picked up my dusty guitar, unused since childhood, and started playing and singing again. I realized immediately that singing (like guitar) is a craft that requires dedicated training and concerted daily effort. I remembered Dad's introduction to Lynn, and so called her up to ask for her help. Once they saw the impact, a number of other family members also signed up with her for lessons. We've all continued with her ever since.
Working with Lynn
There are so many great things to say about Lynn, it's hard to know where to start. First, of course, she has a beautiful voice herself, and when she demonstrates how to approach a song, it gives you an example that rings in your mind as you try to achieve that sound. She provides structure and discipline to the training, offering warm-up suggestions and resources, such as musical files and iPhone apps. She constantly keeps an ear out for new songs suitable to my voice, and has greatly broadened and improved my musical repertoire. She keeps detailed notes on her advice and suggestions from session to session, maintaining a folder of songs for each student, so that we can refer back and maintain forward momentum on each song. She is constantly supportive and enthusiastic, and consistently makes the effort to attend our performances when she can. She clearly loves and is constantly inspired by music, even after many years as a performer. On top of all of this, she has a lovely personality, and is great company. She has become a beloved and irreplaceable member of our extended family."
"I have always told Lynn that she is my shining star but I don't call her that because of her incredible musical talent, but because of the pure light and joy that she exudes from other work we have done together, and the support that she has shown me. If you are ready to build your voice, or even just have always wanted to sing....Lynn is your girl!"
“Wow, Lynn, this is beautiful!!! I love your site! It is so inspiring. Yours was the first email I opened this morning and it transformed my mood and made me happy just to see it. Fab photos and I love your Ruminations too. Sign me up for your mailing list!”
"I have learned how to control my voice and how to put emotion into songs I have always wanted to sing. Lynn is not only an amazing teacher, but she is a friend, and I feel like I can always text her if I want to talk about my voice or other things. I'm not as scared to sing in front of others, and I do proudly. I always look forward to my lessons. I love going in to see Lynn."
"I have been working with Lynn for over two years. She has helped me to develop as a singer, a songwriter, an artist, and a person. She is one of the most kind-hearted and encouraging people I have ever known. I feel lucky to be able to call her my vocal coach. She is a dear friend and I love working with her."