This really is a subject which has mixed opinion in the singing world and I want to look at the reasons why I think singing lessons are important when learning to sing.
In this fast paced world we live in, it’s very easy to find yourself busy doing things and chasing your tail as you try and balance your work and home life as well as the odd hobby or two.
Now if singing is one of your chosen hobbies, this type of fast lane lifestyle may take you down the road of having no time to devote to learning to sing better, so you just keep singing through the same old songs, with the same old habits and wonder why you don’t seem to be improving your singing voice.
This is where the first benefit of singing lessons kicks in. Having a set time every week that you have to make available for your learning is the first step towards the discipline required in order to improve your singing. If you didn’t have a lesson booked in you probably wouldn’t even bother to make time to practise on your own.
The second benefit is your lessons will make you practise. In order to be better for the next time you have a lesson, you have to practise regularly otherwise you find you’re wasting your money on good singing lessons.
The third benefit is your teacher or vocal coach will highlight areas in which you need to practise and improve. This is something you can’t fix if all you’re doing is singing on your own on a regular basis making the same mistakes over and over again.
There are lots of different ways you can get singing lessons so let’s explore some of these now:
A Book – reading a good book on singing can really help you, especially when you are starting out. You can pick up lots of good ideas and technical aspects of using your voice. The downside here though is picking the right book from the right author and actually making the effort to read it. This takes a lot of self-discipline to help you improve your singing.
Online search – you can search Youtube for video lessons on how to use your voice. While some of these are very good, it’ll take you a long time to search out the ones that are specific to your voice and what you need. Most are just a display of a really good or professional singer demonstrating how good their voice is. While this may have some impact, it’ll be unlikely that you can sound just like them and you may lose confidence as you become increasingly frustrated trying.
Skype/Facetime lessons – while not quite as ideal as being in person, this type of singing lesson can be very beneficial. If you have a good teacher and a good internet connection, then you can achieve some really productive learning using this method. The downside is it can be quite expensive and not quite as effective as being in the same room as the teacher.
Lessons in person with a teacher – obviously if you have a good teacher and you can afford them, singing lessons in person with the right teacher can work out the most beneficial way of learning to sing better. The downside is it’s very expensive on a regular basis and you have to keep them going for a long time in order to get the most out of your voice.
Online Home-Study Singing Programs – these can be very cost effective and very beneficial if you get the right program from the right teacher. You can learn at your own pace, in your own time, in the comfort of your own home or office without distraction. You still have to be self-disciplined, but nothing good comes without putting that extra bit of effort in. The more seriously you want to take your singing the better you will ultimately be. These programs are yours to keep forever and to use as a great reference whenever you need them.
So you can see why I think singing lessons are so important when learning to sing. It’s very important that you stay focused and on the right tracks, doing all the right things. This will enable you to sing for longer and ultimately mean you’ll get far more enjoyment out of singing.