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Do I Need A Singing Teacher

Feb 1, 2008
Do you encounter problems hitting high notes confidently when you are singing instead of straining your voice? Do you experience uncomfortable soreness in your throat the next morning after a singing session? Do you know that constant exposure to these common singing problems can very well damage your vocal cords and sometimes permanently, putting your singing career in jeopardy?

The causes of these problems could be that you have developed incorrect singing techniques and habits that could destroy your voice. You have to take responsibility for all that is happening instead of merely giving excuses such as the food you have eaten or the smoky environment where you sing are the causes although these factors do actually to a certain degree influence your singing voice.

What I am saying is that to take full responsibility for your own voice training and in order to do that, you must find a good singing teacher to facilitate that training.

Let me ask you a question. Can you read "Learn How To Swim For Dummies" a million times, but have never stepped into a swimming pool to practice the strokes and voila, you can suddenly swim?

Just like swimming or riding a bicycle, there are many muscles that support the singing voice and incorrect use of them will make your singing suffer. Therefore you must train your singing muscles correctly so that next time, when you sing, good singing muscle support will come habitually, just like muscle memory while riding a bicycle or when you are swimming.

So the first thing you ought to do is to find a good singing teacher. Some of you will be asking at this juncture that how would I know if you are not having a good singing teacher right now. Well, my short answer would be, if that is the case, why is it that you are having the problems uncorrected in the first place? These singing problems would already have been addressed right now by your own singing teacher, isn't it?

Okay, I have good and bad news for you. First the bad news is that anyone can just call himself a singing teacher and start charging for singing lessons regardless of whether they know what they are doing or not. Since the American Idol series begun, "singing teachers" have sprung up everywhere.

Then again, how do you know if the singing teacher you are choosing is a competent one? This may come as a shocker to you because even if someone gets a singing teacher's degree from a university, they still may not know what they are doing. I had lessons from a university trained singing teacher that almost destroyed my voice.

So, how do you ascertain that your singing teacher is competent? Well, there is only one way to find out. You have to try their singing lessons for yourself or get a reliable referral from someone who has tried the singing lessons and achieved great results.

The good news is that we live in a free country where you can shop around until you find a singing teacher who delivers the results you want. However it can get quite expensive because good singing teachers don't come cheap and each time you go to a new singing teacher while in your quest of finding a good one, you will have to pay for your lessons, whether or not the lessons are effective.

Now, here is an obvious tip - Don't ever pay for a second bad lesson! Keep on looking until you find a teacher who can hand you real positive results.

Now, wouldn't it be nice if you could have "sample" lessons before putting your money on the table? What if singing teachers aren't so secretive and self-preserving that they would let you "try out before you buy?"

Well, there are a few very competent teachers who are very confident in what they do that they guarantee their lessons from the first lesson. If you go in for a singing lesson and don't see some positive results or simply just don't like their teaching style, they will not charge you--not even for that first lesson. How does that sound?

These are the teachers you should be looking for because if they dare to give such guarantees, then they must be good singing teachers. You can find some of these teachers in the internet.

Now there is a little problem though. Some of these teachers may not be from where you are living. So you may not have access to them.

Well, there is a solution to this problem. Why not look for CD programs by these established singing teachers where you can have your teacher coaching you in the comfort of your own home. You will save a lot of time and money from transportation to paying hourly fees and yet you get first class coaching.

Now that you know how to find a good singing teacher, go and get their lessons and watch your singing career soar to new heights.
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Chris Chew runs music education websites at Learn how to play piano quickly and Singing like a star Guaranteed
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