3. FINDING A GREAT VOICE TEACHER
What’s The Difference Between Classical And Popular Style Singing Teachers?
At it’s root, singing is basically the same process for any style of singing with only some minor differences of tone and style in the vocal production. Still, it’s quite common for singers that sing classical music to feel less confident singing popular styles, and vice versa. This is because the norms that are common for each are different.
Classical singing tends to use rounder, darker, and more richer tones overall, with vibrato on almost any held note. Popular styles of singing on the other hand tend to be more thin in tone, and closer to patterns of regular speech, with unique and interesting ways of producing the same note. This may have become standard as many singers in popular music never had as much rigorous training as those in classical music, causing the popular singing style to value uniqueness or uniformity of sound.
Can You Hurt Your Voice Singing The Wrong Way?
We don’t want to scare you from learning singing, but yes, it’s possible you can hurt your voice singing the wrong way. This is why it is important to find a good teacher who will show you how to protect and nurture your voice gradually over time, rather than push your voice too hard too soon, causing a vocal injury. While vocal injuries are rare, they can be serious, and have lasting consequences, so you do want to make sure the vocal teacher you choose is experienced with teaching safely.
How Can I Sing The “Right” Way?
The most important thing to remember when singing is not to strain your voice to reach certain notes. If a note feels uncomfortable for you to sing, you shouldn’t force it, and push harder. This is the most common cause of vocal injuries. Instead, growing singers must be patient, as it takes time and patience to learn how to sing all the notes in your vocal range. Until you get there, you may need to change the songs your singing, or limit the ranges of the songs you do sing so you don’t hurt yourself.
To learn to sing the right way, you must gradually build your skills one thing at a time. The most important thing is to learn how to access easily your low and your high notes, without reaching too much with one or the other.
What To Look For In A Voice Teacher
When on the search for a voice teacher, there are many things to consider such as: How much performance experience do they have? How much actual teaching experience do they have? Are they friendly, and warm and do you feel comfortable in their presence? Also, do they offer you performance experiences to get on stage and sing in front of people? Do they have supportive environments where you feel safe to grow? What kind of system do they use when teaching? Is it their own, or one that is established and systemized?
What Are Your Voice Teachers Like?
Scary! Just joking. Actually, all of our voice teachers were hired because of their friendly, warm, and caring personalities. You will feel that they genuinely care about your experience and development at our school. Our teachers are also selected above all the others in Toronto for their extensive educational and/or music industry performance experience.
Do I Need To Play Another Instrument To Sing Better?
We often get asked if learning singing provides the same benefits as learning other instruments. And our answer is unequivocally, absolutely, provided that you practice singing, as much as you would any other instrument. With that said, many singers who take the craft of singing more seriously do choose to learn how to play another instrument as well, usually guitar or piano. Many of the world’s most successful and popular singers are able to play at least one other instrument at a basic level. By being able to play another instrument, it enables you to become a more dynamic songwriter. Also, being a self-accompanist makes you more independent, so you don’t have to rely on other musicians to accompany you.