In life, it’s always good to have goals. Perhaps you’ve heard of this: G.O.A.L.S = Getting Over Anything Limiting Success. With singing, many people have a goal, whether it’s spoken or unspoken. Usually, it’s something like, “I want to be able to sing my favorite song in public in a way where people applaud and like it.”
When you take singing lessons, they should be structured and helping you work toward realizing your specific goal(s).
At the Start
Typically, a good singing teacher will diagnosis where you’re at and ask where you want to be after taking lessons. For instance, you might say you can already sing a particular song well, but you’d like to be able to harmonize with your father on it, to make it sound even better. Or you might have a special event coming up, and you want to impress your friends with a song they’d like you to sing at their wedding. It’s good to have a specific goal in mind when working with a singing teacher, and to articulate that goal, so you and the teacher both know the point of the lesson(s).
Next, singing lessons involve vocal exercises. Now these may sound weird to outsiders because they involve moving the mouth in certain ways and saying certain phrases that may sound nonsensical. But these exercises are designed to get your voice working in ways it probably hasn’t, ever! Singing involves breathing, inflection, tone, muscles, etc. Your teacher is there to help you figure out how to maximize what you’re doing with all of these things in order to sound great. What good are techniques if they’re not applied? A teacher is there to guide you along the process of taking vocal techniques and incorporating them into how you sing. Then, after time, energy and practice, your singing voice can and will grow stronger and more impressive.
With singing lessons, consistent assessment is normal. You’re always being judged, but in a way that you’re working toward your goal and getting better– it’s a good thing. Remember, singers often have to have tough nerves because they do get criticized. Even the best, most famous singers have their detractors… and sometimes singers can have an “off day” where they’re not their best. Lessons not only help you become a better singer, but also help you learn how to deal with imperfection(s).
A Sign Your Taking Lessons Seriously
What’s the difference between an amateur singer and someone who has had lessons and wants to do well? The amateur will mess something up in a song and stop singing. He or she will almost blank out, so shocked and saddened and fearful and the whole audience will notice. Nevertheless, someone who has had lessons should be able to plow through their imperfection and move right along, such that their audience forgives ‘em for it and probably forgets they even messed up in the first place. If there’s one reason to take lessons, learning it’s okay to mess up and move on is it!
If you’re looking for expert singing lessons in the East Cobb, Georgia area, check out what Sing Like a Star can do for you.