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Learning to Sing By Yourself

Can you really learn to sing without a singing teacher?


We've all been there: belting out our favourite tunes in the shower, imagining we're the next big musical sensation. It's a great way to de-stress, have some fun, and pretend you're auditioning for a talent show, right? But what if you want to take your shower performances to the next level? Learning to sing by yourself can be like a solo road trip, but sometimes, it's more like getting lost with no GPS. In this article, we're diving into the world of DIY vocal training and why, at some point, you might want to hire a voice coach to get you out of the woods.



First, let's celebrate the joys of learning to sing on your own. It's not all doom and gloom, and there are some fantastic aspects to this approach.


  • Shower Serenades

Singing in the shower is the ultimate jam session. The echo from the shower walls enhances your sound and the steam from the hot water is really beneficial for your vocal cords - plus you're the star of your own bathroom show! There's no audience to judge you – only some shampoo bottles and a rubber duck audience. And as I’ve already mentioned, it's the perfect way to de-stress and let loose.

  • No Dress Code

When you're your own singing coach, there's no need to worry about your attire. You can rock your PJs or that old, comfy t-shirt without anyone giving you the side-eye. In fact, it’s fair to say that comfy clothes boost your vocal confidence – just ask your cat or dog. If you really want the rock start experience, why not create your very own stage outfit? It might just boost your performance and result in a more effective practice session.

  • Zero Judgment Zone (except your own)

Learning to sing by yourself means you can be as outrageous as you want, without anyone raising an eyebrow. Feel like channeling your inner Freddie Mercury? Go for it! You're free to unleash your inner diva and experiment without fear of judgment. I highly encourage free singing without judgement. : Singing on your own allows you to explore your voice without any external pressure. You can experiment with different vocal styles, genres, and techniques, as long as you know how to deliver them in a way that doesn’t strain or damage your voice.

  • Budget-Friendly

Let's face it; voice lessons can feel pricey. You’re learning the best elements from years of study, training and experience, condensed into short sessions. Learning to sing by yourself can be a budget-friendly option in the early days. You're saving that hard-earned cash for your future Grammy party.


If you are really not in a position to take some form of vocal training, an effective vocal session consists of:


20-minute warm up

10-15 minutes technical exercises

Song rehearsal, integrating techniques worked on above

Performance practice

Reflection and celebration

Even without formal voice training, singers who follow this structure at least 4 times a week will see some progress.


But Wait, There's More... to the Story


While self-study singing can be a blast, it's not always smooth sailing. There are pitfalls to avoid, and that's where a voice coach comes into the picture. Picture a voice coach like a lighthouse guiding your vocal ship:

  • Uncharted Territory

Navigating the world of singing by yourself can be like trying to read a treasure map with no X. You might have an idea of where you think you’re heading but you could also end up in quicksand (figuratively speaking). A voice coach is your trusty map guide, helping you find the right path.

  • Bad Habits Galore 🙉

Left to your own devices, you might pick up some vocal quirks that even your shower's rubber duck would disapprove of. A voice coach can spot these habits and help you break them before they become your signature moves (not in a good way).

  • Vocal Health 🎤

Remember, your vocal cords are precious and fragile – treat them with care. A voice coach can teach you how to avoid strain and injury, ensuring your pipes stay in top form, for years to come.

  • Customized Care ✂️

Every voice is unique, like a fingerprint. A good voice coach tailors their guidance to your specific needs, helping you tackle your vocal Everest, guiding the way to vocal mastery much faster than you can by yourself.

  • Expanding Your Range 🎶

Want to hit those high notes or rock those low tones like your favourite artist? A voice coach has a toolbox of techniques to help you extend your vocal range. The best voice coaches can adapt exercises to help you access these techniques more easily. Without them, you might get stuck in the same vocal comfort zone forever and be able tp progress from being able to “hold a tune”, to being a great singer.

  • Faster Progress

With a voice coach, progress is turbocharged. It's like taking the express lane on the highway to vocal greatness. They'll push you to your limits (in a good way), so you see improvements faster than you can say "pitch-perfect."




FINDING YOUR VOICE COACH SOULMATE


If you've realised that a voice coach is like a musical Yoda – the key to unlocking your vocal Jedi powers. But how do you find the right one? It's not like there's a dating app for that (yet). Here are some tips:

  • Ask Around

Word of mouth is a powerful tool. Ask friends, fellow shower divas, or musicians in your local community for recommendations. They might lead you to the voice coach of your dreams.

  • Credentials Matter

Check your potential coach's credentials. Are they trained professionals with a background in vocal instruction? Make sure they know their twang from their belt.

  • Compatibility Counts

Voice lessons are a bit like therapy; you need to vibe with your coach. You'll be spending a lot of time together, so it's crucial to find someone whose teaching style and personality align with yours. You should feel comfortable enough to make weird vocal noises in front of them.

  • Sample the Goods

Before you commit, ask for a trial session. This gives you a chance to see if you click and if their teaching methods resonate with you. I always offer a free session to ensure that, not only do my singers like the way that I teach, but also to make sure that they are coachable and ready to do what it tales to reach their goals.

SET REALISTIC GOALS

Whether you decide to go it alone, or to take some form on vocal training, set out your goals clearly. If you have a vocal coach, communicate your goals with them. It doesn’t matter of your a Karaoke Star or a professional artist, it’s important that you know where you’re heading and stay on track with your goals.


SINGING IS FUN - LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY


Above all, singing is all about having fun and expressing yourself. Learning to sing by yourself can be a joyful journey filled with creativity and self-discovery. It's like a solo backpacking adventure through the musical wilderness. However, when the path gets tricky, don't hesitate to enlist the help of a voice coach. They're like the trusted ranger who'll show you the shortcuts and keep the (bad habits) away.


Singing lessons aren’t for everyone, especially if you’re not prepared to be challenged and to make some silly noises and silly faces. So, if flying solo is right for you, keep singing in the shower, keep rocking those PJs, and keep being your incredible, unique vocal self. And when the time comes to take your singing journey to the next level, remember that voice coaches are like the perfect duet partner, helping you hit those high notes and turn your musical dreams into reality.


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