What is a proper singing lesson?


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REAL, PROPER and PROFESSIONAL Singing lessons should teach you the proper way to breathe and pitch from the diaphragm, - NOT FROM THE NOSE OR THROAT NOR BY SHOUTING - and you should be taught the rudiments of music, and sing in the appropriate way for the style of music you like (be it pop, classical, jazz, R&B, etc.) In this way, you learn to project your voice and make it more solid and resonant, extend your range, pitch accurately, and your voice becomes\ clearer and smoother. You should also really learn to read music like real musicians do.
The human voice is an instrument, and whatever you are singing, there are the corresponding notes to it. You should learn the notes to what you are singing!! So, in addition to proper breathing and pitching techniques, you should be taught the rudiments of music (using the piano/keyboard/guitar) - for you to learn to read notes, to know the keys to your songs, to sightsing, to count and differentiate time signatures, harmony, the different genres of music, etc. You can choose to sing in whatever song genre you want– be it pop, jazz, blues, theatre and classical, but you should be taught the techniques very well so much so that you become versatile and can sing in any genre. It is only when you decide to concentrate on one genre that you love very much eventually, and are very inclined to, then you can concentrate and specialise in that genre. But Good technique is good technique. And good technique enables you to sing anyting and be versatile!

If your teacher has no knowledge of reading music, and cannot accompany you on piano or guitar or organ, and is grabbing sounds from the air to teach you, this is inadequate singing training! All of the above techniques and rudiments should be taught with the teacher playing the piano/keyboard or guitar for you. She/He should teach the techniques using scales, while checking your pitch against the piano/keyboard/guitar. How will your teacher and you be able to tell if you are in pitch except if you pitch it against an instrument? She should be able to accompany you while you are singing. Teachers who teach singing using only instrumental tracks and are not able read and play music themselves to play the scales and accompany you, are just teaching you TO MIMIC and COPY SOUNDS LIKE A PARROT!

Classical singing techniques and tones are different from pop and jazz technique and tones! Your teacher cannot let you be doing pop songs with your head or choir voice only. These are used mainly in classical music! Vice versa, neither should she teach you to sing with your chest voice only. Pop and jazz and R&B call more for a "conversational" style of singing, with some head voice thrown in, and that calls for special belting techniques THAT DO NOT MAKE YOU SHOUT.

A proper singing teacher should teach you how to sing with your chest voice without shouting and hurting your voice! Shouting is bad for the throat and proper singing teachers should not let you shout and hurt your throat. Note: Please do not listen to classical singing teachers who say singing pop and belting is bad for the voice. No. 1 – there is a way to belt SAFELY and FROM THE DIAPHRAGM that is safe for your throat. No. 2 – Shouting and screaming is NOT BELTING and No. 3 – Your classical singing teacher probably does not know how to sing pop nor to belt, that is why she says this. Just as to play classical piano has a different style and approach from playing jazz piano and pop piano, you cannot be using classical techniques and approach to sing pop and jazz songs!

If you might want your singing lessons to be accredited or certified, you have the option of taking the Trinity Guildhall or ABRSM or Rock School Singing Exams. You may also, of course, take lessons for leisure or other professional objectives

Lessons at $70 per session from a Trinity Guildhall certified teacher of 14 years at local and international schools, and a seasoned professional singer of 30 years local and international performing experience. Performance/Vocal coaching is also available for semi- professional and professional singers, or for those going for a singing audition. Email at ladybirdworks@gmail.com for any more enquiries, or call 96512921.