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2. How To Learn Singing

What Do I Need To Get Started Learning Singing?

The great thing about singing that’s different to all other instruments is that you carry your instrument inside of you, so there’s no need to buy anything to get started! But this also comes with great responsibility: Unlike other instruments, the one you have inside of you cannot be replaced if you play the instrument too hard, or neglect to take care of it properly. So learning how to take care of your instrument and use it gently at first, is the best way of seeing improvements the fastest, and to enjoy singing for a lifetime.

Although you don’t need to purchase an instrument to sing, some students love the idea of having a microphone and amplifier in their home to practice with. Although not necessary, having a microphone does help you to hear your voice better when you sing, and also gets you used to holding and singing with microphones, which you can expect to be doing if you intend to pursue singing more seriously in the recording studio or on stage. However, most singers can make significant advances in their singing without purchasing these items.

How Can I Take Care Of My Voice?

It’s not too difficult to take good care of your voice. Even just basic hygiene such as getting enough sleep, staying optimally hydrated by drinking fluids throughout the day, and not screaming or abusing your voice, is enough to keep your vocal cords healthy and ready for singing.

Nevertheless, it’s also important to remember that singing imposes many more demands on the voice than just regular speaking. In speaking, we usually only use the lowest notes of our voice, and rarely might we go into our higher notes when speaking. But in singing, you will likely engage both your low and high notes much more frequently, and for longer periods of time without rest. If your voice is not conditioned or accustomed to doing this, it can take its toll, and you could tire the voice, or possibly damage it over time. That means there is an element of risk that comes along with singing, just like playing any other instrument.

With singing, therefore, it’s important that you are diligent about doing vocal warmups before you sing songs, and make sure that you’re not using vocal strain, or excess tension, in trying to reach notes in your vocal range. With training, and in time, you will learn how to use correct breathing, along with the correct air pressure, vocal cord usage, and vowel shaping, so you can learn how to sing across your full vocal range for longer periods of time safely and easily.

I'm Worried I Don't Sound Good When I Sing

Unlike other instruments which exist outside of ourselves, the voice is contained within our own bodies. This causes some distortion to the way that we perceive our own voice. For instance, we are often surprised when we hear our own voices played back to us through voicemails and audio recordings. This is because the voice we hear as a result of vibrations inside our own heads, are different than the voice that is experienced outside of ourselves. So it’s important to remember that the voice we think we hear, isn’t necessarily the voice that others hear.

Some people tend to think that “either you have it or you don’t”. And that’s just not true. Everyone can learn to sing better, no matter how “bad” you think you sound. We are often our own worst critics, though, which is a shame because we often give up on our learning before we’ve even had a chance to learn anything!  We tend to be very hard on ourselves, especially when first learning something new. So be easy on yourself when just starting out singing.

Remember that just like anything, learning to sing well takes time – for anyone. Give yourself time – a year of voice lessons even – and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much more you will enjoy the sound of your own voice singing!

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How Can I Start Learning Singing?

We are the only schools in the GTA to be licensed to use The Singer’s Edge Program. This is a ground-breaking program for learning popular singing that makes the process easy to understand and to master. You don’t need any experience to start the program, it’s for all ages and skills levels of ability, and all of our teachers have experience teaching the program, so you will be in great hands.

The most important thing when starting out learning singing is to learn the differences between your low voice, and your high voice, as these feel substantially different in the beginning. This causes many singers to hold on the feeling of the low, or the high voice, as they try and sing different notes in their range causing issues of vocal strain. But learning to effectively transition between your low and high notes gives you much ease, power and control as you continue to grow in your vocal development, and sound better and better.

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How Should I Practice?

One of The Singer’s Edge Program’s key ingredients is the lesson books that accompany the program and the online practice scales. The books and online scales make learning singing super easy and understandable so that you can measure your progress after each and every lesson – and your homework is already laid out for you. You don’t have to worry about what you should focus on to start learning – all you have to do is follow along, and you will make great strides!

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How Often Should I Practice?

It’s important when learning singing in the beginning that you don’t tire your voice out from trying new things your voice has never done before – especially when you’re practicing on your own with no teacher present. In the beginning of your learning, we suggest keeping your practices short – say 5 minutes of singing or so at a time every 20 minutes. This allows your voice time to recover after trying new things that you may not yet know how to do well yet easily. As you gain more experience and conditioning in your voice, you can extend your practice time to 10 minutes, and eventually longer. But remember, if and when your voice begins to feel fatigued, you should let it rest until you feel sufficiently recovered and vocally relaxed again to continue.

I’m New To Singing. When Should I Start Performing?

No matter what your age or experience level, we suggest getting onstage ASAP. If you’ve never performed before, we encourage you to register for ALL our performances. Each one is free for our students only at our schools!

We provide wonderful, supportive experiences to perform in real, beautiful venues at no extra cost to you, and it’s worth it to start building that experience now. And if the idea of performing terrifies you, it’s ok! Everyone feels that way at first. It’s all the more reason to get started sooner than later, so you can overcome those fears.

We make performances easy! We will work with you to cut down your performance piece so it’s short in length so you don’t have to worry about forgetting words, or getting lost in the music. Our goal is to make your first experiences of performing fun, and exhilarating, so you never feel overwhelmed.

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