Before you take voice lessons
Good day, singers!
This article is about voice lessons. Actually, scrap that – this article is more about what voice lessons are NOT. I hang out in some singing forums and do my best to contribute once in a while to beginners who want to get started in singing.
Like most bright-eyed, eager newbies, they are very excited, and very enthusiastic about learning to sing. They have images of themselves singing on stage, getting energy from the audience, which in turn spurs them on to deliver a jaw-dropping performance.
By the end of the show, the audience is satisfied. They got what they came for – a singer who took them on a journey, helped them to feel emotions that they crave for themselves, and they gladly paid, and would gladly pay again.
Snap back to reality – and it’s actually not all glitz and glamour. There’s work involved, and it starts to dawn on the newbies that this is going to be hard.
I miss those times just starting out where I had nothing to go by but my passion for singing. That passion is what kept me going, that’s what kept me working.
Everyone starts out naive and bright-eyed. But those who make it are those who don’t depend on that initial excitement. Excitement feels real, but it’s not.
When you’re excited, you feel like that excitement will always be there to spur you on. You feel unstoppable. In fact it’s more like the siren’s call – wooing you to the rocks where you’ll crash and burn.
Voice lessons are not the magic formula for success. Voice lessons are not there to do what you can’t do for yourself. Most newbies get excited, join a voice lesson, and expect the poor teacher to make them a great singer.
After all, that’s what she’s getting paid to do isn’t it?
And when the excitement subsides, and the work gets dull and repetitive, the newbie quits, and blames the voice lesson for all his woes.
That’s like someone who enrols in medical school to become a doctor, gets bored, quits, and then blames the medical school for not making him a doctor.
School – or in this case voice lessons, are not there to guarantee a student’s success. Classes provide the environment where the student can focus himself/herself towards learning and mastering her craft.
There are teachers who’ve been through the same journey as a newbie and made it. They have a lot to teach.
There are other students who are on the same path who are likely facing the same issues. These are people with whom you can start discussions, where you can leverage on each other’s strengths.
Music, after all is a team effort.
So as a budding singer, do not let the initial excitement fade into nothing. Channel that excitement into practice time. Once you get some results, you’ll get more excited, and you’ll get more practice in.
This will result in a positive feedback loop that keeps enforcing itself. Continue on that track, and you’ll master the art of singing in no time.
Good luck and happy singing!