Do I need to go for singing lessons?
Today we’ll discuss a very commonly asked question – should you go for paid singing lessons? This question is very important for people new to singing, and it’s also a very tough question to answer.
The main reason why it’s tough to answer is because of the information available in real life that confuses people who want to learn to sing.
We hear of people who never take any lessons, and yet manage to build their skill and hone their craft to where they can begin to support themselves through their art.
This, for many singers, is what they dream of achieving everyday. To be able to get paid doing what you really love! What’s not to like about that?
At the same time, we also hear about professional singers who got to where they are because they invested in themselves – which means that they paid for classes, ie singing lessons.
Not only that, even after these singers have gained professional status, they continue to look for new teachers to help them advance their skills, and they are willing to pay top dollar to consult with these teachers.
Which brings us to the next point: singing lessons aren’t cheap! Even for a beginner level education, the fees amount to a large chunk of most people’s salaries. Most teachers charge by the hour, and learning to sing will definitely take more than a few hours!
Well, to be fair to singing teachers, music lessons are expensive, in general. Not only singing, but guitar, violin, piano. It shouldn’t shock you that these things cost money. After all, it takes work to create beautiful things.
So what should a beginning singer do? Should I go the paid route, or should I be one of the many self-taught musicians out there?
Here’s my take on this: As beginner singers, I would argue that the basics of singing can be learned without paying for expensive lessons. What are the basics of singing? Gaining control of your voice.
This means two things: getting a good feel of how your voice resonates in your body, whether it’s in the chest area or in the head/nasal cavities.
This is the basis for all that head voice/chest voice fiasco. It’s simple really-where does the sound vibrate?
After you’ve done that, then there’s developing control. At the most basic level, this is about putting the awareness that you’ve attained above into good use. Example: don’t try to create high notes using chest voice, and don’t try to sing low notes using head voice.
This might sound obvious, but if you’ve heard yourself produce those awful, painful-sounding yells, then congratulations – you were trying to create high notes using your chest. Stop doing that.
That’s it. Those are the basics. These will take a lifetime to fully master, but learning it only takes a few months.
Of course, there’s more to singing than just using your body as a natural sound equalizer, but that’s all you need to be able to sing your favorite songs without butchering them.
Then when you’ve got the basics down, you can go ahead and get into the genre that you’re interested in – pop, jazz, blues, rock, opera etc.
Then there’s ear training so that you can stay in key, and rhythm training so you don’t miss a beat, and so on and so forth. But I’m not gonna get into that here. There’s too much info out there as it is.
Just GET STARTED now and you’ll be able to sing in due time. With daily practice it’ll only take two months. Good luck, and happy singing!