Sometimes the thought of starting singing lessons can be daunting. Here is a list of frequently asked questions I often hear and helpful answers that will help guide you when you take the plunge:
Q: Can anyone learn to sing?
A: I am a firm believer that YES, anyone can learn how to sing. Everyone has the tools to create music with their voices. Only 1 in 20 people suffer with amusia (commonly referred to as tone deafness). It is highly unlikely that you are in this category. The tools you need to sing can all be taught and practiced. Fast or slow - if you are willing to put in the work, then you CAN improve.
Q: How often should I have singing lessons?
A: This of course depends on your vocal goals. If you are a beginner ready to take on lessons, I recommend weekly bookings. You want to take short breaks for anything when learning a new skill, so practicing often at home in between sessions is advised. Fortnightly lessons can be practical if you are feeling confident and have a good, established home routine. Professional singers that are experiencing a specific issue or require audition preparation can always book in lessons as they need.
Q: How long will it take until I hear the results?
A: Most of the time when being introduced to new concepts you will pick it up almost immediately. The work comes with integrating the technique into your overall voice, ensuring it becomes a comfortable inclusion for you. Depending on how well we work in your lesson and at home will determine how quickly this happens.
Q: Will I start to sound classical if I take singing lessons?
A: Not if you don’t want to. A classical sound belongs to a certain category of voice production, and is the result of practicing a certain way. When we understand the different sounds our instrument can make, we can control the tone. If you don’t want a classical or “trained” sound, then we can work with that!
Q: Am I too old to start lessons? A: No! Absolutely not, anyone can start using and learning about their voice at any age! Learning to sing is incredibly empowering and worthwhile and I urge you to not be discouraged. Just jump in and have fun, whatever your vocal goals are!
Q: How do I know who the right teacher is?
A: It is easier to answer who the wrong teacher would be: Someone who judges your song and vocal choices, who pretends to know all the answers without following up with solutions, someone who tries to force their aesthetic biases on you or even someone who can’t fix a problem you have. Sometimes you and your teacher just don’t mesh and that’s ok. It is perfectly appropriate to move on to someone you will work better with. With the right teacher, you will feel supported, empowered and safe to shine and grow.
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