Is Joining a Choir Good for You?

Is Joining a Choir Good for You

If you’ve ever found yourself looking for a new hobby or interest, then you can’t go far wrong choosing something like singing with other like minded people who all share the same love of music. I’m sure we all know it can be lots of fun, but let’s discuss whether joining a choir can actually be good for you as well.

Social Life

As we get older, we tend not to venture out as much, especially during the longer, darker winter months. By being involved in a regular activity like singing in a choir, we actually have a reason to break out from our homely shackles and be motivated to socialise with other people.

This can bring joy into our lives at a time when we need it the most as we make some really great friendships which can last a lifetime. Being around other people and having fun is definitely good for you

Togetherness

Singing in a choir which rehearses everything together also brings us closer. Whether it’s breathing as one or as some research has shown, it can even make our hearts beat together as one as we aim to sing and feel the music as one complete unit. The bond that is created from performing together really does give you that feel good factor.

Is Joining a Choir Good for You

Active Mind

When you join a choir you’ll have songs to learn and voice parts to memorise. This is great exercise for the brain and keeps you mentally active as you’ll have lots of things to remember like notes, words and maybe even some choreography.

Vocal Strength

By singing regularly, you keep all your muscles toned and flexible. The more you sing, the longer your voice will remain at a good level for singing and speaking. Of course, as you get older, your vocal cords will deteriorate over time but the more you keep things going, the more you can prolong your singing life.

Daily Life

When you sing, you are transported both emotionally and physically into a different place. You forget about your everyday aches and pains and about all the daily struggles that you may face. All you have to think about is the music, and the feeling that brings can be an ‘out of body’ feeling both physically and emotionally. You can literally sing your worries away.

Is Joining a Choir Good for YouMake People Happy

If you sing in a choir which performs for others then you can also enjoy making other people happy. Performing for others is one of the most enjoyable things you could possibly do and making music has the ability to change peoples’ lives for the better. People will remember a moving and emotional performance forever.

Competitive Nature

Many choirs enter competitions which aim to keep them striving to improve. Competition drives us to achieve higher standards and be the best that we can be, so it’s great for the mind and the body.

In Conclusion

So it’s not hard to see the many benefits of joining a choir, not only from a health perspective but also from a personal development perspective too. Being in a choir is good for you and I would recommend it to everyone to have a go at least once. You never know, you may find you’ve been hiding your talents for a long time, so now is a great time to start sharing those talents with others. Fire up Google and get searching for ‘choirs near you’ now!

Can Anyone Learn to Sing?

Can Anyone Learn to Sing

If you’ve ever been a little shy or nervous about singing because you thought you didn’t have a good enough voice, then you may have wondered what the answer to this question was many times before. So let’s explore if absolutely anyone can learn to sing.

Deep Rooted Issues

It’s a fact that most, if not all, of our inhibitions come from something we are told as a child. We learn a particular behaviour which then becomes accepted as normal, it’s who we are and most of the time we just accept it as part of our personality.

Can Anyone Learn to Sing

People aren’t necessarily born good singers. Yes, there are physical elements to someone’s singing voice which may enable them to become exceptional, but they are a very small minority and they certainly aren’t born great singers straight away.

So if we’re constantly being told that we can’t sing or that our voice is best when it’s kept silent then people really aren’t doing us any favours. We start to believe them, just like people who make up stories of half truths, soon enough they start to convince themselves that they are telling the whole story.

The Process of Unlearning

Before we can start to learn to do something we thought we never could, we first have to unlearn the half truth. The ‘story’ that someone told us which wasn’t entirely true.

So how do we do this?

Before we can unlearn something, we have to have the desire to do it and then we have to have the belief in ourselves that we can achieve the desired outcome. We have to want to do it and we have to be determined to reach our goal.

Bad Habits

As with anything, we may have formed bad habits in the way we talk or the way we have previously tried to sing so now we have to unlearn these habits and start from the beginning. We have to believe that our previous attempts are no longer viable and that we need to address the issue from a different angle. We have to completely open our mind to all possibilities.

We have to dismiss everything we have been told before about our voice and then believe that we are ready to start again and that we will be a success. If we don’t go through this process then we will fail time and time again.

The Rebuilding Process

Once all the old habits have been ‘unlearned’ we can then begin the process of rebuilding new habits. This process starts with a blank piece of paper and gives us limitless opportunities to relearn in a totally different way from the very beginning.

I’ve said it many times before, but if you can talk then you can sing in some way. It may never be like Pavarotti or Celine Dion but it will be you and your voice is unique and special to you. If all you’re doing is trying to sound like someone else then you will fall at the first hurdle.

Can Anyone Learn to Sing

Always remember that what someone else hears is not what you hear inside your own head. Most people who think they can’t sing have simply never learned how.

 

Could you ride a bike if you didn’t know how? I’m guessing you’d fall off straight away.

Could you play a violin or a guitar without knowing how? I’m guessing not.

It’s exactly the same with your voice. It’s a precious musical instrument and you have to know how it works before you can begin to use it properly. Never underestimate this statement. If you don’t know how the voice works then you’ll never be able to use it properly and get the most out of it. Invest in it wisely and it will repay you endlessly.

So in conclusion, in my opinion, absolutely anyone can learn to sing if they truly want to, but you have to invest time and probably money in doing so. You have to seek out the best resources, but most of all, if you have the desire to do it, you WILL SUCCEED, I can GUARANTEE that!!

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The Huge Benefits of Online Singing Programs

The Huge Benefits of Online Singing Programs

You may have heard me talk about the benefits of online singing programs before but I wanted to discuss them here in more detail. When you are learning to sing it’s important to understand that it’s a long journey you’re taking, not just a particular destination that you are aiming to reach. You should always be developing your skills, always learning more about your craft.

Whenever you are setting out on any long journey, it takes a certain amount of faith, courage and trust that you are heading in the right direction. There are so many ‘how to sing’ tutorials online that it becomes a wilderness of information and if you are just at a crossroads not knowing which way to turn, it can cause one big headache.

Unachievable

The Huge Benefits of Online Singing Programs

Many of these tutorials tend to show a professional singer with an amazing voice demonstrating how to sing certain exercises.

Now the average singer or person who aspires to sing, would have absolutely no chance of emulating these singers and most of them don’t really explain what they are actually doing with their voice.

How can you possibly develop your own singing skills if you don’t understand what they are doing with their voice?

Video tutorials are great if you know exactly what you need to do and also if you know which exercises will be beneficial for your own voice development.

How can you possibly know this?

Well in all honesty you probably can’t know this if you are just starting out. If you’re a reasonably established singer or have had singing lessons in the past then you may have some sort of idea, but not many people will be in this fortunate position.

Guidance

In my experience, most people are looking for proper guidance and ways to improve their voice which are simple, straightforward and actually explain how the voice works; with diagrams, illustrations and tutorials.

A step-by-step blueprint to help them improve their voice in all areas from posture and alignment, breathing techniques, creating good tone quality and resonance right through to performance artistry.

This is where the complete online singing program comes into its own. A good singing program is designed to help both the beginner and the more accomplished singer in a way that is systematic and easy to follow.

They explain how the voice actually works so you are in no doubt as to how it will help you improve. You can also learn at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home or office without the worry of other people listening and judging you while you’re developing your skills.

Systematic

The Huge Benefits of Online Singing Programs

Good singing programs also include vocal exercises which are specifically designed to target certain areas of your voice and in a specific order so that you are developing in the right way and not doing things in the wrong order. This will help your voice develop stronger over time.

So how do you know which programs will work for you?

Well you won’t really know until you try them. As I mentioned before, singing is a journey and you should always be seeking out new information or new ways of improving your skills. I’d recommend trying more than one program as one particular form of instruction may work better for you than another.

Trust

The most important factor though is that it is devised or written by someone you trust who has ‘been there and done it’ and has shown results with their work. Not just someone who has ‘qualifications’ or has written a book, recorded a video etc. Someone who has demonstrated that they have significantly improved many peoples’ voices over the years.

So you can see that online singing programs have huge benefits and really can help you improve your singing voice over time.

Well that’s great but aren’t they expensive?

In answer to this question, you have to consider what you would call expensive. Is investing in the one voice that you have worthwhile?

Prices can vary from as little as $50 up to as high as $500 but if you compare this with the cost of high quality singing lessons which could vary from $32 right up to $200 for just a half hour, then it really is worth taking this route so that you can work at your own speed.

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The Huge Benefits of Online Singing Programs

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Singing Practice Makes Permanent

Singing Practice Makes Permanent

When we talk about practice sessions in just about anything, most people will use the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’ and I’m sure you’ve heard that saying many times before. In this article however, I’d like to discuss what we really should be saying and that is that ‘practice makes things permanent’, not perfect.

If we constantly strive for perfection then we are bound to become dismayed at some point in the future when we don’t quite achieve that goal. How do we actually measure perfection anyway? It’s quite subjective and probably not even achievable in whatever it is we’re trying to do.

Concentrate on the Basics

With regards to singing practice, the important thing is that we are repeating the right things and not just going through the motions. If all we are doing is singing songs and repeating the same bad habits, then things will never improve.

If, on the other hand, we are practising the basics, and trying to improve our execution of those basic techniques, then our ‘default’ level of rehearsal ie where we start each rehearsal, will improve over time.

Effective Repetition

The more we repeat effectively, the more we will retain and the better the chance of things becoming permanent every time we do them. Perfection doesn’t really have a place in most musical performances as we want to experience real-life ‘emotions’ and not technical brilliance.

A technical performance may wow you temporarily, but a true emotional experience with a few errors will last a lifetime. So the next time someone says to you ‘keep practising, it’ll make your singing perfect’, just replace the word perfect with permanent and you will see a huge shift in your mental attitude towards rehearsal and also to the amount of pressure you take away from yourself.

Don’t beat yourself up striving for the perfect singing voice and perfect performance, just try your best to make the basic things become more of a habit, so that every time you sing you make great leaps forward.

How to Succeed in Anything – Especially Singing

How to Succeed in Anything - Especially Singing

Learning to improve your singing voice is not just about having great technique. Some of the best singers in the world certainly don’t have what you would class as the best singing technique. What they do have however, is the desire to succeed. In fact, they could probably succeed in just about anything they turn their hand to, but this probably applies even more so with their singing.

The Power of Desire

The power of desire when it becomes an ‘obsession’ is a force that cannot be knocked off course. Success in anything takes a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication. It takes a degree of talent in some cases but talent is nowhere near as important as the desire to succeed.

Think about that for a minute. How many times have you wanted to achieve something only to give up at the last moment? I’m guessing quite a few. You’ve got to ask yourself ‘Was the desire strong enough?’

On the other hand, how many times have you set your mind on something and thought ‘I’m going to succeed with this no matter what obstacles or challenges get in the way.’ You push on and no matter what hurdles you have to jump over, you just do it because you have the strongest desire to achieve a successful outcome.

Burning Desire

The same goes with wanting to improve your singing voice. Everyone wants to be better, everyone wants to improve and be successful, but not everyone has the burning desire to make sure it happens regardless of their current knowledge, technique or talent.

If you want something enough you’ve got to go out and get it. It’s the difference between success and failure at the last hurdle.

It doesn’t matter if you think you can’t sing very well or that you don’t like your voice. All that matters is that you have the desire to want to be the very best that you can be. You will do absolutely anything it takes in order to improve and be successful.

Do you have the desire to really improve your singing voice? Or will you still be in the same place you are now, this time next year, wondering what you have to do to improve?

The choice is yours. You are the master of your own destiny!!

Why Everyone Should Sing Even If You Think You Can’t

Why Everyone Should Sing Even if You Think You Can't

Singing is good for you. It’s a medically proven fact that singing reduces stress, acts as a natural pain reliever by releasing endorphins in our brains, which also leads to that ‘feel-good’ factor. These reasons alone should be enough to make everyone want to sing even if you think you can’t.

The truth of the matter is that most people who don’t sing, don’t, because they believe they can’t. More often than not, it’s because they have been told by someone who is close to them, that they can’t sing.

If this is the case with you, then these people are really not doing you any favours. In my experience, absolutely anyone can sing and while you may not have the greatest voice in the world, you can certainly learn to ‘improve’ your singing voice.

You don’t have to have a voice like Pavarotti or Celine Dion to enjoy singing. If you like singing in the shower or in the car on the way to work then do it and keep doing it.

Outside Influence

The minute we allow others to judge us and tell us to stop because we ‘can’t sing’ is the minute we’re accepting these people as being right and being knowledgeable about what they are saying.

In most instances it’s because the person who is singing is untrained and may not be using their voice in the best way possible.

Can this be taught? Absolutely it can. We were all given one voice and unless your voice is damaged or you are in the unfortunate position where you physically can’t utter a sound, the desire and commitment to find out how your voice works and how to get the best out of it should be in your own interest.

You’ll be amazed how much joy you can get out of singing if you really want to. You may be singing in the completely wrong range for your voice and there may be a hidden gem hiding away at a much lower or higher place in your voice. You may just be lacking confidence and get nervous when singing for people.

There is always a reason why someone may say you can’t sing but you need to set yourself the goal of proving them wrong and start doing it for yourself because you enjoy it and because it is good for you.

If you enjoy singing then there are far more reasons to keep doing it than to stop. Even if it’s for your own entertainment while you’re in the bath, keep singing.

Understanding the Difference between Breath Support and Breath Management

Understanding the Difference Between Breath Support and Breath Management

You may find it hard to believe, but these are 2 of the most commonly misused terms in singing. So before we start to look at the difference between breath support and breath management, let’s first take a look at what’s involved in the breathing process:

The Nasal Passage
The Mouth (Oral Cavity)
The Trachea
The Lungs
The Diaphragm

Did you know it’s a fact of everyday life that most people only use around one third of their lung capacity on a daily basis for breathing and talking?

It’s true, however, by understanding and learning how the breathing mechanism actually works, you can ‘re-learn’ to use the whole of your lung capacity until it becomes a permanent daily habit.

Re-Learn

If you’ve ever watched a newborn baby breathe, you will see its tummy rise as it inhales and fall as it exhales. This is the body’s way of breathing naturally. As we get older we develop thought processes and bad habits which actually make most people breathe in the completely opposite way.

Not only will re-learning to breath naturally dramatically improve your singing voice and take away lots of unwanted stress and pressure, it will also help you to develop a more healthy way of breathing by allowing more oxygen to enter the body.

Caution

There is an element of caution to be taken into consideration when talking out breathing processes though and that is:

Although you must physically feel the breathing process working when you are ‘re-learning’ – once it becomes natural again, you must learn to completely relax the process and allow it to happen naturally.

How many times have you heard ‘Breathe from your diaphragm?’ or ‘give it more support by pushing from your tummy?’

While these phrases are commonly used by teachers of singing, they do not help promote a freely produced singing tone. Yes the core has to be strong, stable and fully supported, but the diaphragm (which cannot be directly controlled) must be allowed to do its job naturally.

So the difference between breath support and breath management is simply this:

Breath Support
Engaging the core muscles so you have a nicely expanded rib cage and anchored body to allow the breathing process to operate naturally.

Breath Management (otherwise known as Breath Control)
The process of managing the airflow so that you can control tone quality and how long a note or phrase lasts.

There are lots of breathing exercises and ways to maximise breath control over time and these should be developed on a daily basis in order to help you improve your singing voice.

Please feel free to leave any comments on this or any other post as I always love to hear from anyone interested in improving their singing.

Are Singing Lessons Important When Learning to Sing?

Are Singing Lessons Important When Learning to Sing

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.

Discipline

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.

Singing Lessons

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.

Developing Your Own Style of Singing

Developing Your Own Style of Singing

Today I want to talk about a subject which is often discussed, but very rarely understood. The importance of developing your own style of singing.

Many people who are new to singing, especially the younger generation, tend to start off by copying their favourite singer and you may well be thinking ‘hey that’s great’ or anything which encourages singing is good.

Yes, it’s absolutely imperative to encourage young or newbie singers to do anything that will inspire or motivate them to start or keep singing regularly. However, there’s a down side to encouraging them to just copy someone they admire or have heard belting out on the TV or live at a concert.

‘Where’s the harm?’ I can hear you ask.

Well there’s actually very little or no harm that will be caused, unless of course they are straining and trying to emulate a singer with a raspy or completely different style of voice, and that can cause all sorts of short or long term damage.

The Negatives

There are potentially a few negative consequences:

  • Temporary or longer term vocal damage due to forcing the voice to sound like someone else and tiring their voice due to excessive push or strain
  • Shortage of musicality or emotion as it’s simply copying rather than an original performance
  • Lack of vocal tone clarity as the vocal mechanism is being compromised through various ‘affectations’

By copying someone else and not sounding the same, this can lead to people mistakenly thinking they can’t sing because they are trying to be something they’re not physically meant to be. This can have a devastating effect on a singer’s confidence

So you can see that while it’s good to keep everyone singing, it’s not ideal to copy someone else who may have a much higher or lower natural range or a completely different timbre to their voice.

Enjoy Being Unique

By developing your own style, you are unique, you are creating your own brand and can sing in any way which is natural to you.

This will allow your voice to be free from tension, obstruction or push, which in turn will create more space, more resonance and a sweeter and fuller tone which won’t damage or tire out.

Two voices side by side will sound much more ‘alike’ if they are each individual’s most freely produced singing tone rather than a compromised mechanism which is being manipulated to sound like something it’s not.

We’re all individual – learn to love and embrace your own singing voice!

Singing with Passion and Emotion

Singing with Passion and Emotion

This is a subject very close to my heart so let’s discuss why singing needs to be a passion and not merely a technical activity.

Of course a certain level of knowledge and understanding of the voice and how it operates are very important in good singing, however, it’s the passion and emotion with which a song is delivered which differentiates a mediocre singer from a true artist.

Let me ask you this…

How many times have you watched a singer and thought, ‘wow, they have a great voice’ or ‘they can sing so much higher than me’? I guess quite a few times.

On the other hand, how many times have you thought to yourself ‘what a fabulous performance’ or ‘that was a great song’?

Chances are that you can relate to the second statement so much more as you will be able to connect the performance with something personal in your own life. When a singer delivers a spell-binding performance which allows you to connect with every single word, you understand the message of the song rather than just being on auto-pilot listening to a technical performance.

How do they do this?

Well primarily because they are passionate about the song or singing in general. They go far beyond the technical elements needed to sing well. They get inside the message and emotion of the song and perform it right from the heart. This is exactly what audiences crave. They are looking for an emotional experience not a technically perfect one. They will forgive slight flaws in technique if the song is delivered with passion and true emotion.

Rehearsing with Passion

There is of course another reason why you should be passionate about singing, whether it’s a hobby or your profession. If you are a singer and you have to force yourself to practise every day, then it’s probably going to feel like a lot of hard work and you’ll either just accept the standard that you’re at right now or you’ll give up. You won’t perform emotionally, you’ll just go through the motions, technically adequate or inadequate.

If you’re passionate about singing, then rehearsing won’t feel like hard work. It’ll be a complete joy to sing every day and you’ll continually strive to gain more knowledge in any way you can, which in turn, will enable you to perform more emotionally and deliver more memorable performances that people will remember for years to come.

Is it time to make singing your passion?