Thursday, October 19, 2006

Singing Lessons

Just about anyone can sing. Not everyone has a great voice, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least hold a note, or sing in key. If you love to sing, but you know you frequently go off key, there is no reason why you can’t take singing lessons to help you get better. Singing lessons won’t make the tone of your voice beautiful, but it can help make it smoother. Those with a natural talent for singing should take singing lessons so that they are getting the best out of their voice. You may have a great voice, but you may be able to get even better with the right training.
I know a guy with a good voice, but he doesn’t know how to use it. He was a great live singer, but when his band went into the studio, he couldn’t cut it. In fact, the resulting product was horrible, and could not be used. His band mates knew he could sing, and they asked him if he would mind taking some singing lessons. He was offended at the suggestion, and the band soon fell apart for that and a host of other problems as well. If he had taken singing lessons, his good voice would have become great, had he only been able to see past his own ego.
The truth of the matter is that a voice is an instrument just like a guitar or a clarinet. Any musician needs to learn how to use their instrument before they can play it well. Every musician must take lessons. They can’t just pick up a guitar and instantly know exactly how to play it. Taking singing lessons for your voice is no different than taking lessons for playing an instrument. One of the first things you learn when learning to play a woodwind instrument, for example, is breathing. When you take singing lessons, this is also one of the first things you learn. Breathing can make all the difference.
You can find DVDs online to give you singing lessons, but I don’t know how effective they are. You may have the best luck finding someone in your community who offers singing lessons and go with them. There may be no substitute for one on one lessons with a real live person. If this is out of your price range, you can try a DVD for lessons, but don’t expect miracles if you go this way.