Find The Right Singing Voice Lessons To Help Uncover Your True Vocal Sound

Discover singing voice lessons to uncover your true inner voiceIf you’re keen on singing and really determined to improve and get the best out of your voice, having some singing voice lessons is an ideal way to go. But don’t just sign up with the first teacher you find. You need to find someone you get along with and whose teaching style matches your learning style.

Before you begin approaching a teacher about taking singing voice lessons, work out in detail what you hope the end result will be. Are you happy singing informally by yourself, in a choir or group, but want to refine your technique so you don’t strain your voice or body? Are you aiming to take an amateur solo spot or even audition for a TV talent show? Keep your goals in mind and be ready to expand on them with a potential tutor.

How To Find a Teacher For Singing Voice Lessons

Personal recommendation is one of the best methods, so ask:

  • Fellow singers
  • Choir leaders
  • Someone who teaches music in school

Music Stores

  • Check out their notice board for flyers and contact details of singing teachers
  • Ask for a list of local singing teachers
  • Can store staff recommend anyone?

Music Departments

Contact the music department at your nearest university/college:

  • Would a senior student offer lessons to boost their experience? Would they be willing to offer some free singing lessons?

How Should You Approach Your First Vocal Lesson?

When you first meet or speak to a prospective singing teacher, you’ll spend time exchanging information. Be ready to detail your background in music. Don’t just list your singing experience: learning the guitar, piano or other instrument – even some years ago – will be relevant.

Learning to sing can be much easier when you get the right lessonsMake sure you ask lots of questions about the teacher and their approach to singing voice lessons. (Write these down before you meet.) Check:

  • Evidence of their qualifications
  • Details of their teaching experience
  • How much the sessions will cost and what the required payment method is
  • The level of commitment and practice time you’ll need
  • Whether you’ll be able to take part in occasional performances

If you decide to go ahead and sign up, check what you need to bring to the first session. This will probably include a pen and paper, some songs you’re familiar with or which you’re keen to work on and, possibly, a small recording device.

What Will Happen in the Singing Lessons?

It will take a while for the teacher to get to know you and your voice so be prepared, initially, to demonstrate what you already know. You’ll usually be asked to sing a familiar song while your teacher observes you. (He or she may also record you.) Try to relax and not be self conscious. As you sing, your teacher will:

  • Watch how you stand (your posture)
  • Study your breathing technique
  • Listen to the tone of your voice
  • Ask you to run through some vocal exercises, for example arpeggios or scales, using different sounds each time, so they can assess your vocal resonance and range.

 

 

Then he or she will discuss what they’ve seen and heard with you, highlighting those areas which they feel you need to work on the most, bearing in mind your singing goals. If you’ve picked the right teacher, they should do this in a way that doesn’t undermine your confidence: the teacher was a beginner once too! They should also discuss with you a comprehensive plan of action for future sessions.

You’ll find that once you’ve had a few sessions, you’ll recognize a pattern. Ideally your teacher should go over skills and techniques covered in the previous session, have you warm up your voice, then listen to you sing and give you an assessment on how you’re doing. (If you’ve been practicing between your singing voice lessons you should get an encouraging report!) If you’re having any problems, now is the time to mention them. Your teacher should have a range of solutions, so you can find the best one for you.

Next, you’ll practice some songs. Ideally these will be ones you’ve both agreed to work on but remember that your teacher has wide singing experience and may sometimes suggest songs you wouldn’t have chosen yourself in order to give you practice in specific techniques.

A Method for Learning a New Song

  • You’ll hum or sing the melody on a syllable e.g. “va”
  • You may repeat the melody on a “buzz” (expelling air through puckered lips) to produce vibration – this helps with breath support and phrasing
  • You’ll concentrate on one section of the song at a time, e.g. a verse or a chorus
  • Once you’re confident with the melody, you’ll add lyrics
  • Then you’ll add work on clear diction, good lyrical expression and dynamics (how softly or loudly you sing in different sections)

Other Benefits of Taking Beginner Singing Lessons

  • Meeting other singing students – you’ll increase in confidence when you realize others are learning like you
  • The possibility of performances – you’ll learn to deal with nerves and hone your performance skills

Learning to sing can take you on a wonderful lifelong journey. Finding the right teacher is one of the most important steps you’ll take.

Alternatively, you could start with vocal lessons online – Singorama is the perfect program to get you up an running.

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