So you have decided that you would like to sing, and sound better than you do now? Well this is a great place to start to gather information on being taught how to sing. We all (or at least most of us) enjoy singing as we go about our daily tasks, or even joining in with the karaoke on a Friday night.But have you ever had the desire to learn to sing properly? Perhaps even to aim to sing in front of an audience? Going for singing lessons is great, you’ll get so much more out of your voice by training it properly. One of the important things that you will learn in singing lessons by professionals such as Brett Manning, or through a learn to sing class, is proper breathe control. Without knowing this, you can’t expect to get very far.
Wherever you decide to have your singing lessons, you will be able to learn various exercises to help you with the very basics of singing, and breathing in the right way. People seem to get the wrong idea about singing lessons and make it much harder than it needs to be. Granted you will have to put some effort in and spend time between lessons practicing yourself, but all the work will be worth it in the end.The whole point of learning to sing is because you want to enjoy it, and to get the full amount out of your lessons you will need a fair bit of tuition. This is where if you decide to have one on one tuition you will make a rather large hole in your wallet as the weeks and months go by.
A lot of times, even great self-taught vocalists are sent to take singing lessons in preparation for recording and touring because unless you know how to use your voice properly, it’s going to disappear on you and maybe even get seriously damaged. A lot of pop and rock singers especially seem to feel that it’s somehow selling out or compromising your “sound” by getting vocal lessons but almost any professional musician will tell you that more music education only HELPS your chances at becoming successful.
After all the main aim of taking singing lessons is to uncover your singer within and allow your song to be heard. Having singing lessons should be fun, but it is also hard work.Singing can bring huge pleasure to people, and if you have the desire to be able to sing better than you can now, then why not look into it?See how much it is going to cost you for one on one lessons with a vocal trainer, maybe even try out a lesson or two. Also take a look at the systems available via the internet and compare before you make a decision.I think the best way to learn how to sing is to keep practicing, keep going to lessons, or keep listening to your CD’s, and then one day you will realise that yes, you can now sing quite happily and will more than likely have even increased your pitch along the way.Most importantly though, you will be able to enjoy your singing much more.
These vocal coaches are usually the best trained and most experienced singing teachers around. Certainly you have a better chance of connecting with a truly great voice teacher there than by pulling a number off a paper flyer. Learning to sing is expensive…prepare to pay good money for your voice lessons! Anywhere between $40 and $100 per hour, once a week is common. If you decide to go to college, I’d recommend auditioning for a vocal program at your college or university. You may have to sing classical or jazz, but it won’t turn you into a classical or jazz singer, just teach you another style, great musicianship and how to use your voice.
Record yourself as much as possible and get as many expert opinions as you can. Network a lot and connect with other musicians. Challenge yourself daily. Be cordial with others because this very much a business about who you know, and there’s no reason to piss anybody off when they can make or break your career or at the very least hurt your reputation.
Gig as much as possible while learning to sing. They’ll never be a perfect moment when you’re perfectly ready to deliver the perfect performance. This is real life. Your voice is going to feel great one day, crappy another day and everywhere in between. Welcome to the emotional rollercoaster, that’s what it is. Make your own opportunities and capitalize on those presented to you. Ask your teachers for help. They have connections, experience and want to see you succeed.
As you’re learning, remember the part about singing being a very technical subject because you WILL find yourself frustrated often by this challenging yet ultimately rewarding and beautiful art/skill.A step up from books about singing are all the various video courses and tutorials about singing that you can find both in stores and online. Some of these are really excellent and fairly comprehensive; others are total garbage; and others still are good but only cover specific things while leaving something else out. For instance, if one singing tutorial doesn’t teach you much about breathing, then a second tutorial DOES, but neglects to discuss how to sing high notes.There’s no cure-all product or solution. Singing is a huge subject with a lot to cover, so no ONE course could possibly teach you everything you need to know!
It’s easy to get dogmatic about what constitutes correct singing and I definitely have some strong opinions on the topic, myself, but everybody has their own musical ambitions and who am I to impose my preferences on you? That’s why I say that these learning tools are complementary pieces of your overall singing education. Just like Bruce Lee said: “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” If you think of singing sort of like a martial art, then that’s great advice.While most of the items I talk about are online vocal training courses proper, there are a few that can be legitimately called “singing software”. Some software, for example, visualizes your voice on-screen on your computer or iPhone/iPad and let you see whether or not you’re singing in tune, how steady your vibrato is, and other parameters.In my opinion, these are extremely useful tools, especially for people who are visual learners, as I am, and as many singers I know are. In fact, more and more vocal coaches are using them in their studios now because actually SEEING a visual representation of your singing on screen helps you adjust what you’re doing when you sing more quickly and accurately. It’s immediate feedback and cuts the learning curve big time.
That’s only if you want to do it professionally. But if you just love singing and want to be a better singer, learning singing is going to be a lot less time consuming for you. Of course, I still recommend that you take voice lessons once a week or so because it’ll hold you accountable and keep you on track and progressing, whereas if you were left to your own devices you’d probably let your singing stagnate.
I remember my somewhat progressive choir director (she was hot, too) telling me that “singing is singing” and I was like “pfft, not it isn’t. There’s right singing and wrong singing, my opera singing books told me so!” Man, what a jackass I was! Pardon the language, but it illustrates how easy it is to drink the “my way is better than your way” kool aid.The point is, she was right. Singing IS singing. But with that said, every singer needs to learn how to sing in tune, how to sing high notes with ease, how to keep their body relaxed, how to listen, etc., regardless of your favorite style of singing. These are just fundamentals.After leaving my singing career, I began to see singing education more objectively and democratically and now I realize that the modern singer can and should add as much as possible to their singing toolbox and even the best teacher in the world will be wrong sometimes and it’s good to consult with other sources. One person can’t know it all, especially when it comes to something as incredibly rich and complex as singing.