Vocal Lessons

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Even though there's no substitute for natural talent, vocal lessons come in a close second place. With the proper training (and a requisite amount of innate ability), shower singers can in fact discover their own unique voices and make giant strides in their abilities. The reason for this is not only that singing is learnable, but that other elements such as performance, style, and accompaniment factor into any singer's career ambitions.

Vocal cords can be strengthened, breathing techniques perfected, and modulation improved, all of which can make for startling results in those students committed to the effort. Individuals signing up for vocal lessons can learn to develop their ears, refine their sense of pitch, and discover their own rhythms. Here, having an outstanding teacher is essential, for he or she can help students identify their natural ranges as well as push the boundaries of their own limits.

An Integrated Approach to Vocal Lessons

Some music colleges offer multidisciplinary approaches to singing, a strategy meant to give vocalists as much exposure as possible to other elements of the music business. While body movement and vocal interpretation are certainly important, some music schools believe that mastery of a second instrument (after the voice) is equally necessary. Plenty of performers show up for music school having had hundreds of vocal lessons but nary a class in music theory. Needless to say, this can make working with other musicians even tougher than it already is.

The best music colleges give their students a wide enough berth to try as many different techniques as they can. That said, they also design curricula that allow those students to focus on their strengths while maintaining an appreciation for other instruments and aspects of the music business. If a musician has little or no idea how sequencing works, he or she will be hard pressed to give constructive input at the next studio session and will become increasingly dependent upon a producer or manager instead.


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