Would you like to participate in talent shows like The Voice or X-Factor? Would you like to participate in the auditions feeling confident about yourself and what you can do but don’t think you can sing so that you can be a real “voice out of the chorus”?
Then sit down, have a cup of tea and read Music Development’s Tips on how to learn to sing!
Learning to sing with a private teacher
The first option for a beginner is to use the experience and the help of a private teacher. There is no shortage of teachers or coaches, especially in the fashion capital: a Milanese singing course is one of the most popular!
This is definitely the best solution for those who want to learn the basics of singing and have the right people at their side to find the right motivation and set goals.
If, for all your commitments (or for your laziness!), you can’t practice sports, do yoga, learn a new language or sing alone, remember that you can contact a private teacher!
Why use a private teacher?
Singing in front of other people, if you don’t know how to do it and how to gain confidence in yourself, can frighten you and make you feel “blocked”. The main advantage of taking singing lessons is that the student is in the company of the teacher, in a one-to-one relationship, and in him can find a real point of reference. No shame, then, as when you had to sing in front of the whole class in the hours of music class, without having consciously chosen it!
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You can create a special relationship with your teacher, putting aside the embarrassment and putting yourself completely into play, which will certainly help to gradually gain confidence in yourself.
In addition, unlike group courses, your lesson schedule is extremely flexible!
As in all things, it will take regularity and continuous work, but if a commitment forces you to skip a lesson you can always agree a new one directly with your teacher, even on a different day and at a different time from the site, where both of you are available.
Living the singing lessons without feeling like an obligation and a nuisance is the first step to get there with the right disposition of mind, the mind clear and the uvula in very formosissima.
So, try to make sure that it is so and do not let yourself be overwhelmed by all the tasks and commitments that you have before and after: leave them aside for an hour and really focus on what you’re doing.
What do you learn during singing lessons?
And also: who to choose as a teacher and according to what criteria?
To choose your home singing teacher, you should focus on some aspects such as his experience, training and reputation.
We recommend that beginners take a test lesson to “test” the methodology of the teacher in question and to understand if you create the feeling you need to work at your best right away.
In a singing course you will surely learn:
- to breathe well thanks to abdominal breathing,
- to correct his posture,
- to improve their diction,
- to find their own voice,
- to improve their accuracy, of course!
A good teacher, in addition to working on all these fronts, should also take care to convey notions about how to maintain good voice hygiene and be attentive and flexible so that the course is really suited to your needs and gives you all the answers you need.
How much does it cost to learn to sing with a private teacher?
Clearly it is very difficult to give a universally valid answer: all the criteria on the basis of which you will choose your teacher (training and experience in the first place) will also have an impact on the economic aspect of the course.
What we can say, even according to the rates of our teachers, is that an hour of singing lessons costs an average of 25 €.
To find a teacher who can best meet your needs, you can consult our platform.
You will find teachers willing to move, others who offer their lessons via webcam and not only of modern singing, but also of opera, for example!
What you will find in almost all cases will be a first free trial lesson: an opportunity to have a first meeting, set goals, understand if you can work well together and test the harmony between student and teacher.
Only after the first lesson, if you want, you can decide to continue the course and learn to sing like Aretha Franklin.
Or even better. Ambitious challenge, eh… but it’s the right way to approach the lessons with a strong motivation!
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How to learn how to sing well
Many people think that singing is a gift of nature! Well, we can say that they are wrong and that there is really hope for everyone! Even if you’re as dull as a bell, you’ll soon be able to redeem yourself…
You don’t believe it? You should be!
If you can listen well, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to sing the same way. And if you think you’re singing badly, it means you’re feeling good… so come on! Let’s learn to sing well!
What does it mean to sing well?
Singing well means being able to reproduce sound frequencies and have a sense of rhythm, that’s all… okay, we know it’s simple until it’s only talked about in theory!
One sound frequency is the number of vibrations per second calculated in Hertz.
The sense of rhythm can be learned but it’s something we’ve always had in our blood. If you can beat time, dance or play an instrument, it’s because you have it!
What tools do you use to learn how to sing well?
As we have seen before, the most immediate solution to learning to sing well is to take lessons with a private teacher.
But we are in the 21st century and now, thanks to the network and technology, there are tools that can help you learn to sing anywhere! Here are some interesting apps that you can use anywhere in the world, taking only your smartphone with you:
- Singtrue: available on iOS, in English. The application analyzes the voice of the user to better set objectives to improve his voice technique. It offers progress monitoring and great tips.
- Sing Sharp: available on both iOS and Android, in English. The most complete solution for learning to sing: it includes voice warming up, singing technique lessons, exercises, recordings, monitoring of improvements…
- Swiftscales: on iOS and Android, in English. This very professional application gives you the impression of having a real vocal coach at your side who can offer lessons tailored to your vocal needs.
- Sing! Karaoke: this time available in Italian on iOS and Android. With more than 800,000 pieces available, once you have acquired the technique you can practice with your favorite songs singing karaoke alone or in pairs with people from around the world, but also dueting with great artists such as Ed Sheeran. It’s an app that’s constantly being updated, and new songs are added every day. You can use microphone effects and video filters to correct intonation, insert reverb and remove imperfections from your recordings.
- Voice tutor: For iPhone users, there’s a range of tutorials to keep your vocal cords in training, with tips from renowned singing instructors. One thing is clear: it’s a paid app, but it’s really cheap and affordable for everyone.
Have you already downloaded all the apps? Then it’s time to test them now!
How to learn to sing by yourself
Like Luciano Pavarotti, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Eminem or Lady Gaga, do you have the spirit of self-taught?
Learning to sing by yourself, however, does not mean doing it without the right instruments!
What online tools to use?
There are many channels on Youtube that can help beginners who want to improve and perfect their singing.
Of course, you can also find many specialized websites for online singing courses, with very useful and informative video tutorials.
The importance of filming yourself while you sing
When you start studying singing, any teacher will say that it is important to look at yourself reflected in a glass to see how sounds are formed.
Filming and caring is in fact a great way to progress, to correct oneself but also to become aware of one’s own qualities and faults.
The next step, once you have also worked on self-confidence, is to show your video to another person… maybe starting with a friend with whom you have a certain degree of confidence and, above all, no embarrassment!
Learning to sing in front of others
The main problem, in the case of self-taught learning, is the lack of confrontation and of someone who sees and listens.
Start by singing in front of family and friends! They can make you more comfortable and you don’t have to look them in the eye if you don’t want to.
How to improve your singing technique without lessons?
First of all, you need to start from a good base: relax your face, become aware of your breathing, contract your abs, relax your neck and take care of yourself.
With awareness and control over all these elements, you are already on your way to work best on singing.
Rest your voice, sleep well and drink plenty of water! It’s already a good start!
Practical exercises: which tools should you use?
The magical world of the net offers a very valid support to practice… it is a world in which the resources available are almost infinite.
YouTube is a good ally for those who can’t or don’t want to spend a penny to improve their singing technique. Take a look at these channels:
- Vocalize: Vahn provides tips for breathing with the diaphragm, controlling the flow of air, warming and toning the voice or simply to sing;
- Ketty Saint Auret: This Guadeloupe artist explains how to sing with vocal cords, perineum and throat. She also provides suggestions for those who wish to prepare for an audition or who do not know which style to choose.
- Valy Elle: “Tutorials and vocal technique tips to improve your setting and learn more about your extraordinary instrument: the voice. In the proposed mini-sessions of singing you can explore, among other things, the vocal registers, the chest voice, the head voice, the falsetto, how to sing with the diaphragm …
- Singing R&B: If you like the genre, it’s the right channel for you! The artist who runs the course searches the web for the best vocal exercises then tries them out, selects the best ones and is ready to explain them to you!
Of course, all these tools are useless if they are not supported by a good dose of work! Don’t stop practicing!
Half an hour a day is a good time to improve your vocal technique without health risks and to give continuity to your work.
Learning to sing in chorus
Forget all clichés: the choir is a great way to improve some aspects of your vocal technique.
Where to find a choir?
Are you looking for a choir but don’t know where to go?
Don’t worry, it’ll be easier than you think!
You can find choirs all over Italy, there are choirs everywhere, in small and big cities. You can get help in the search by some websites.
Why sing in a choir?
What are the advantages of singing in a choir?
There are a lot of them!
First of all, you have the possibility to work in a group and to share with other people improvements, doubts, perplexities, emotions.
Moreover, you don’t need to have a certain level to be able to join a choir!
And, even more important to work on you: being supported by an entire group of which you really feel part you can increase your self-esteem!
Adapt to all styles and voices
The principle of every chorus is harmony.
Harmony is “the simultaneous emission of different sounds” (Wikipedia).
Basically, one group sings at a certain height, another at a different height and the soloist or another group at a different height.
If you are part of a choir, you learn to sing according to different textures so that you can listen to yourself, listen to others and adjust your voice accordingly.
So you can sing everything with any singer! And it’s not easy to master the harmonies, so once you’ve reached your goal you can feel grateful for the opportunity: it’s a precious gift!
There’s also the downside to singing in a choir: one thing is that you don’t always sing in your own range. That’s why it’s so important to work on your own voice, outside of the lessons you have with the choir.
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Whatever your way of learning to sing, remember that it is important to keep anxiety under control.
To do this you can do some simple relaxation exercises:
– Rotate your head repeatedly,
– Relax your shoulders,
– Breathe deeply,
– Finding what makes you feel good and taking the time: whether it’s reading a book, taking a walk in the park or a nice hot bath… anything that brings you to have a relaxed and relaxed mood with which to face the lesson will be the right choice. We can’t give you universal advice on this, because each of us is different!
Also, vocalizing at the beginning of the lesson to prepare your voice and make sure you don’t get tired is essential. It may sound boring – and it certainly is, compared to singing your favorite song – but it will allow you to really improve your technique and benefit from it over long distances.
- How to learn to sing? The road is obviously easier if you’re with a private teacher! Check out the offers on our platform now: our Superprofs, each with their own experience and training, are waiting for you. Consider that often the first lesson is free!
- If you think you’re singing badly, you can always make up for it! Singing is first and foremost a matter of the ear and it’s not true that singing well depends only on talent and innate gifts. As with everything else, it’s important to work on it with perseverance and commitment.
- If you are self-taught, there are many tools on the Internet to help you. YouTube channels, websites, software, applications… you’re spoilt for choice!
- Many of these methods are free, which means that you can improve without having to invent a way to make ends meet… take advantage!
- Joining a choir can also be a good way to learn to sing with other people, without following a traditional group singing course. Provided that, in parallel, you continue to work on yourself.
- Finally, you have to keep anxiety under control, which can really have an impact on your voice and the way you sing. You only have to work with a few simple exercises.
Are you ready to embark on this new adventure and become the king of the stage?