Do Singing Lessons Work?



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A very common question new students ask is: do singing lessons work?

Of course, as a voice teacher, I think that voice lessons are worth it for anyone who is looking to improve their voice. But while many voice teachers will tell you that singing lessons work (especially lessons with them), I can only speak from my own experience.

The truth is it’s very difficult to illustrate how singing lessons work in a concrete way. There are very few before and after shots of the teachers that tell you that singing lessons are necessary. So I wanted to share my own journey of how singing lessons helped my voice.

I’d like to start by saying that singing lessons are not necessary for everyone that sings. There are many folks out there that sing perfectly well on their own, provided that they’re not singing 350 days a year like many professionals.

For many of us, singing lessons are a fun way to improve a skill that we love: singing. In voice lessons, we’re getting in touch with our bodies, our own sounds and singing with our favorite music.

But for others with more ambitious goals such as touring, recording, getting paid gigs, voice lessons may be a lifesaver.

That’s because the voice is a complex instrument. It’s flesh and blood. It’s also one of the few instruments that you can’t see or touch yourself to diagnose what’s wrong. For those that are making their living using their voice, singing lessons are just as much about maintaining their instrument as learning how to use it.

There are tons of singers that badly need some voice lessons in order to prevent themselves from the harm of overuse and misuse. And even though I wasn’t on a world tour, or making tons of money from my music, I was one of those singers.

After months of this, I started doing tons of research on whether voice lessons really help singers. I was amazed at how many people were satisfied with their progress. Some people wrote great reviews for their teachers and claimed they had never sung better.

But was that really possible? Do singing lessons really work?

I had to find out. So I booked a free trial voice lesson with a local voice teacher and we got to work. Within 10 minutes, he had immediately diagnosed my vocal issues and was helping me fix them.

Then we started working on some songs that I wrote and I couldn’t believe how much the exercises he gave me helped.

Here’s a short list of some of the things you should expect from taking voice lessons.

Improved pitch and tone
Knowledge of your range
A stronger mix (that is, the blend of chest and head voice)
A real understanding of what your voice is and can do

In my experience, when a singer is first starting to take voice lessons, the first thing they notice that improves is their pitch, tone and volume. Many of my students remark at how easy singing feels after a few lessons.

Soon after they begin, we start to discuss range and how we can start to expand and grow a singer’s ability to hit higher notes as well as lower notes.

While expanding the range is very important, one of the most important things for my voice has been learning to sing in a mix. A mix is the ability to sing from the bottom to the top of your voice without straining or breaking. This was possibly one of the biggest benefits to taking singing lessons.

Bass Singing Lesson (6 months on)



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teacher: John Paul Miles

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