I’ve been singing my whole life and if I went to some of this that is written about how to sing, I would never try to sing. But I’m going to quote from one such article for it does have some good points.
So should you hire a coach? Let’s review one of those articles and I’ll add my comments within (comment)s.
“Singers tend to get all of the glory. They get the applause, they get the attention and they get the awards. However, one thing that they didn’t get is there on their own. In fact, the great singers always credit their singing coach with helping them to attain greatness. It is easy for anyone to claim that they are a top notch singing instructor, but what truly makes a wonderful singing coach?
Singing coaches come in a variety of different disciplines. Some of them specialize in classical techniques, while others prefer pop music, and others prefer the Broadway genre. In order to find the best one for you, you must determine what type of singer you want to be. If your dream is to sing opera working with an R&B singing coach will not necessarily prepare you for the demands of your chosen music field.
(But if you prepare to be an opera singer, you’ll be able to sing anything well. I just deleted a whole paragraph because this article writer is trying to sell the school system. Just find a good singer and they’ll help you be a good singer.)
Professional experience is also important in evaluating a singing coach. The old saying may say “those who can’t do teach,” but that is not what you want in a singing coach. Instead, you want someone who has had experience in what they are teaching you to do. Ideally, if they have had extensive performance training that is what you want. However, extensive teaching experience may be another indicator of a good teacher.
How much a singing coach charges is important to many people as well. Unfortunately, we are living in difficult economic times and that means that not everyone can afford extra lessons. Generally singing lessons range from half hour sessions to a full hour. Typically singing teachers charge a dollar a minute which means that your lesson could cost you as much as $60 an hour if not more.
For some aspiring singers this is simple not possible. In those cases you may want to look for a singing coach in a setting other than a private lesson. Some teachers offer group lessons. This type of lesson includes several different people at a much more affordable lesson rate. While you will not get the individualized attention of a private lesson you will still get the education that you are looking for.”
“I can’t afford a high priced instructor, what do I do?”
I’d join a choir, barbershop group, etc., the instruction is free, or buy a book. There are some great books that cover everything you’ll need to know and do and for a whole lot less money.
Take “Singing for Dummies” for instance. $18.23 on Amazon. get the companion book “Singing Exercises for Dummies” only $16.40 and the shipping for both will be free as the order will be over $25 what Amazon asks for free shipping.
Let me review what you’ll find in those two jewels.
(I’m sorry for the layout, but WordPress is just fighting me here and won’t line it up right when I publish it. You’ll just have to read it the best you can.)
“Singing for Dummies” Part 1 Exploring Singing Basics covers inhaling, exhaling, yawning,breathing,posturing,positioning the body
Part 2 Improving Your Singing covers exercises to improve singing, breathing etc. because though it was perfect when we were babies, it may not be now.
Part 3 Advanced Techniques to Improve the voice Part 4 Preparing to Perform Part 5 The Tens 10 performers with good technique (The Three Tenors and Bryn Terfel are mentioned) 10 FAQs 10 Tips to Maintain Vocal Health 10 Tips to Performing Like a Pro Part 6 Appendixes Songs suggested to advance Singing techniques (Three Blind Mice is mentioned somewhere) About the CD Order your copy at: http://lnkd.in/pbGEWJ
“Singing Exercises for Dummies” covers a whole bunch of exercises that you’ll find useful. Get your copy at: http://lnkd.in/tDjzUK
Ever hear about LA vocal coach Aaron Antasasi, a 20 year pro guitarist, singer, songwriter? i hadn’t either before today. He has a short video where he gives three free tips to help improve your voice and explains his course. (cost? less than $100) It’s called “Superior Singing Method”
Aaron even gives student success examples.
There are lots of options so I’ll close for now and come back with a new post with the other great courses.
So go on and teach your self.