Voice Lesson Q & A
We'd like to thank Eric Bruner for this list of Q & A from his website, www.SingWithPower.com.
1. How easy should singing be?
You should be able to sing from your lowest notes to the extreme top of your range, with a smooth, controlled, easy feel to your voice. Also, you must eliminate any vocal "breaks", where you "flip" or sing in different sounding voices in your lower and upper ranges. You should keep the same easy feel in your voice that you have when you are speaking comfortably, so you don't try to "squeeze out" the high notes, or try to "dig" for low notes. When you achieve this balance in your voice, you'll to sing with greater strength in your entire range, without tension, and without tiring out your voice.
Yes! When your are speaking at a comfortable level, without "gripping" from the muscles in your neck, throat or jaw, you are also on your way to a strong, full, free singing voice.
Absolutely! Many singers find that bad habits in their speaking voices are causing strain in the way they sing. You can't improve your singing voice without the benefit of also gaining more of a natural ease and fullness of your speaking voice. This is why so many executives needing help with their professional speaking voices study voice.
Be sure you are choosing a teacher who understands and can personally demonstrate advanced vocal technique. A voice technique teacher is incredibly important, because without the ability to sing flexibly and clearly throughout the entire vocal range, you're going to run into vocal "walls" or even worse, voice damage. A great voice technique teacher is difficult to find. Just because a student can follow along with an instructor playing the piano well doesn't necessarily mean that they are learning to sing any better. Also, if the teacher tends to just shout out instructions like "support the tone," "sing from your diaphragm," "lift your soft pallet" and "open you mouth," you know you are likely dealing with an inferior teacher. If you don't feel that your range, tone and vocal control are improving within a few lessons, then find a better teacher who will help you attain your goals faster. Many teachers have poor vocal technique, or they may have nice voices but are rarely successful at showing others how to achieve easily produced vocal power, range and control. Before studying with any teacher, give them an “audition”. Ask them to demonstrate their vocal ability, showing you how they sing from the very bottom, to the extreme top of their range without strain, or changing from one vocal quality to another at any point.
Right away. Good technique should relieve strain in the production of tone everywhere in your range. A teacher should quickly vocalize you through your extreme low and high ranges to be sure that you don't get "stuck" at any point of your range.
Unfortunately, most voice teachers don't really understand or know how to concentrate on teaching vocal technique. Many try to, but they often do more to confuse students rather than help them. Again, if you don't find a teacher that shows you the way to a more comfortable use of your voice, with more strength and range within just a few lessons, then find another teacher to work with.
First of all, a student can never be too old to improve their voice through study. Just as with any age, you can learn to strengthen and control the muscles involved in singing. If you are singing with good technique, your voice will only improve as you get older. As far as younger students go, I suggest that students should be old enough to maintain focus through a half hour vocal lesson, and be able to practice at least 10-20 minutes per day.
If you want to sing professionally, you need to start by getting your voice in top condition and under control! After that, you will need to put together a professional PR package, including a demo, a headshot promotional photo, and other promotional material.
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