Regardless of your starting point, you can be a great singer if you train your voice! The human voice is an extraordinary instrument, capable of a myriad of different colours, tones and moods. Read on to find out more.
Singing is simply an essential part of the human experience: singing was the beginning of all music and is still a central tenet of music making in the 21st Century. From the original folk and religious songs, to opera, jazz and contemporary music, the art of song and singing will continue for as long as we exist. Singing connects with people on many different levels - not only do we connect with the melody of a vocal line, but the words and the primal human connection of the voice draw us in. The vocal part of a song is what most casual listeners remember - rather than the bass line or the guitar part. Taking professional singing lessons with our team of singing teachers across the UK will help to connect you with this incredible cultural lineage!
There are different categories of voice, divided by vocal range. Your vocal range is natural and can change over time, especially for younger children and teens. Knowing your voice type is important first step when you learn to sing. You could damage your voice by singing repertoire that just doesn't fit your natural vocal range/type and this is just one reason we recommend taking profesisonal singing lessons. There's a common misconception that if you can't sing in a certain range, it means you're not a good singer, but that couldn't be further from the truth! Everyone has a slightly different comfortable range and it's not about how high or low you can sing, it's what you can do with what you've got!
There are six vocal types overall:
The voice is a unique instrument as we are all born with the ability to sing. So you don’t need to purchase a physical instrument, but we do need to learn to use our vocal cords in our singing lessons - without being able to see or look at them! When learning other instruments, it's important to pay attention to posture in order to achieve a fantastic sound and avoid injury. When learning to sing in singing lessons however, it is the top priority. Without correct posture, your air flow is limited, your muscles are used incorrectly and the strength of sound acheivable becomes less. In just a few singing lessons, you will learn so much about your anatomy and the muscles involved in learning to sing, you will have a whole new appreciation of the human body and what it can do!
It's best to have a professional singing teacher to advise you on posture as you learn to sing but here are a few tips to get you started ahead of your singing lessons:
When you're learning to sing, breathing is a huge part of producing a good sound. So learning to breathe properly is very important. A good breath control exercise to practise in your singing lessons is a "count-out". Breathe in deeply and slowly through your nose, as far as you can. Then start to count out-loud at a steady pace while slowly letting out your breath, controlling your breath as much as possible. The aim is to reach the highest number you can. This helps with controlling breath to produce different articulations and being able to make it through longer phrases without breathing. Try and do this every day as well as in your singing lessons and you'll soon see an improvement in your breathing as you learn to sing.
Learning to sing and maintaining the voice is just like maintaining a physical instrument like a guitar or violin; we have to make sure we keep our vocal cords healthy both in our singing lessons and at home or on the stage! Vocalists have to be extra careful as factors like lifestyle and diet can have a prolonged effect on vocal health. Here are some useful tips our singing teachers have shared with us which you should bear in mind as you learn to sing:
Your singing teacher will know what to look out for if you had any issues with your voice, and should refer you to a GP if they think you have any damage or illness which becomes apparent as you learn to sing.
If you would like to know more about vocal health as you learn to sing, The British Voice Association is a fantastic organisation offering support to musicians and professional vocalists.
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