Singing Lessons – Read This Before Taking Singing Lessons
By: Aaron Anastasi
My guess is that you have questions. You’re wondering, first of all, if you have what it takes to realize your dreams as a singer. You may be wondering how it is that you could sound just like your favorite singer or singers. You’re wondering what it is that you have to do in order to go from where you are now to the place you want to be as a singer, maybe even a professional singer, and how long it will take to get there. It’s not that you aren’t willing to work for it; you are. You just want to know the path of least resistance that you can afford in terms of time and money. So, you’ve decided to look into singing lessons, maybe for the first time but probably not. But this is the time. The time is now to do what it takes to put yourself one step closer to your dreams. In this article I will answer the following questions:
- Do you have what it takes to legitimately become a singer?
- Do you really need to take singing lessons to improve?
- Is it possible to improve without traditional singing lessons?
- What is the next step toward improving your singing voice?
I want to give you a jumpstart on some steps you need to take to get from where you are right now to where you want to be as a singer, but first I want to answer these questions.
Do you have what it takes?
Now that is question. Without trying to psychoanalyze you, let me start by telling you what I know to be true about most people and then move to what I know to be true about singing.
You are your own worst critic, I imagine. Now you may fall into the “I’m the greatest” category that I’ve seen from time to time as a music instructor, but that type is usually covering for some even more deeply rooted insecurities, and often delusion. My take is that, no matter where you fall on the spectrum, you are better than you think, and you probably have tremendous potential.
Most budding singers that I’ve encountered are diamonds in the rough. Once I give them a little encouragement and few tips, they start to break out of their shell. And then I can see what there really is to work with.
So, do you have what it takes? The general answer is, “Yes”. You have what it takes, but like most everybody else, and like just about everything else, you will need some tips, tricks and training to get to where you ultimately want to be as a singer, which brings us to our next question.
Do you really need to take singing lessons to improve?
Singing lessons and vocal exercises are par for the course for pretty much every singer. It may seem to you like your favorite singers just stepped onto the stage and started singing your favorite song with perfect pitch and tone, but inside you know that just is not the case. He/she probably spent years training and writing and working with a vocal instructor. I don’t know any serious singers who don’t, at the very least, regularly do vocal warm ups and exercises. Just as an athlete trains and does exercises in order to stay in shape, so a singer must train and do vocal exercises in order to keep his/her voice in shape.
And, even before that, it’s important to know about the voice and what to do to preserve and not damage your voice. It’s important to pay attention to things you may not even think about, like breathing technique and posture.
There are great vocal instructors out there, and even better than that, there are programs that you can do online, in your own time, at home, that are more than affordable. This is a great time we live in where you can find all you need and some of the best information right on your computer.
Is it possible to improve without traditional singing lessons?
The short answer is yes! The thing is that you need to understand a couple of things before going this route.
First, the best way that you can improve your voice without taking traditional in-person singing lessons is to utilize the internet and find an online program much like the Singing Success program that I recommend.
The program is simply everything that you would learn over months and months of time with a vocal instructor but simplified into a step-by-step system that you can follow on your computer.
The key here is that you have to be able to motivate yourself to stick with the program and not slack off. Since you don’t have someone in your face making you practice that part is up to you.
Improving your voice comes down to knowing how to sing and knowing what to sing, or what to practice I should say. With Singing Success you get both plus a lot more.
If you feel like you are the type of person who can go through the program and make a point to practice at least a few times a week (even if just for 15 minutes) then this could be a great way to go. Especially since the entire program costs less than the price of 1 private singing lesson and it’s much more convenient since you can go through it on your own time right from home.
What is the next step toward improving your singing voice?
The first step is to ask yourself if you are at a point in life where you are willing to put in some time and effort into becoming a better singer. My guess is that if you’ve made it this far into this article that that is exactly where you are right now.
Once you’ve established that, it’s time to look into some singing guides and/or vocal instructors or programs where you can get the knowledge step-by-step guide to improving your voice. From there, I would suggest that you set aside a time every week to devote to your voice and its improvement. Once you’re there, I believe you will know what to do next. Life is simply jumping from one opportunity to the next, and right now is yours to take the next step of becoming a better singer.
I hope you found this helpful.