Learning to sing
Taking singing lessons is good for your physical and mental state. Singing builds your confidence; this then affects every aspect of your life in a positive way.
First impressions count so impress with a great sounding and confident voice. Like a handshake, one of the first impressions a person gets is when you open your mouth. If, like a weak handshake, the sound is weak or not pleasant in any way this is then part of the impression they have of you.
Your singing voice is also your speaking voice so your tone and projection will improve – as your singing voice improves so will your speaking voice. Singing, like speaking, will become effortless. Tone and projection are improved by tapping into your natural resonance for volume and tone, and by balancing the coordination between breathing and vocal folds.
What are the physical advantages of singing?
Singing lessons are very rewarding, albeit sometimes challenging. To build up a good critical ear singing will improve your ability to hear pitch and sound.
Your breathing will improve – you will be able to hold your breath for longer and sing for longer before you need to take a breath. Students with asthma improve after learning to control their breathing. Breath control will also help you relax, which in itself is a great reason to take singing lessons in this age of wellbeing.
Learning to play an instrument or taking singing lessons is good for your brain as it keeps it active. It is well known that taking singing lessons has an amazing effect on children’s brains giving them a higher IQ than a child of the same age that doesn’t take lessons. After all, it takes focus to sing, coordinating between your mind and body.
Will singing change my personality?
You will learn how to sing songs that you have always wanted to sing but never could before. You will increase your singing range and will learn about your voice and yourself. You will learn about the singer’s anatomy and how all the parts of your body come together to make a sound.
You’ll learn how to take care of your voice, knowing when to read the signals that your voice gives you when it is tired. Using warm-ups, warm downs and knowing what exercises to do to keep your voice healthy means you will care for your voice so as to get it back on track as quickly as possible. Just watch someone like Mick Jagger backstage on a tour.
Your voice is always with you. Anytime you want, you can just sing, to anyone you like or just yourself. It will feel great and sound great – and you have it forever.
How will I discover my singing style?
If the vocal technique that you have is all you have ever known then it will feel right even if it’s wrong, so how will you know if it’s right or wrong? One quick lesson with any good vocal coach and they will be able to tell you. You can then make a decision from there if you want to carry on with lesson or not.
Learn to riff. Everyone likes it if you can just burst into song and riffing is always a crowd pleaser. Singing with emotion is by far the most difficult skill to learn in singing – just look at opera singers. If you want to stand out from the crowd, then take the time to master this skill. It’s very cool being a singer so learn to project – you will learn to articulate words clearly with good projection.
If you’re struggling with a song, just one singing lesson with a good vocal coach is all you need to know what to do to fix it so don’t be afraid of failing, you can only learn by challenging yourself.