Taking Voice Lessons from a Trained Professional

If you are considering taking singing or voice lessons, we recommend that you first consider your goals. Whether you want to sing professionally, in a choir, or just improve your skills, you need to know what you want. That way, you have something to work toward, and you can also work on exercises and songs tailored to your needs. You can discuss these exercises and song selections with your voice teacher. When you pick a song, you’ll generally work on the song first, learning the lyrics and the melody. After you have it down, you can work on developing your technique and style.

In a typical voice lesson, you don’t just practice your songs, though. Most voice teachers will have you practice breathing before anything else. You’ll train yourself to stand correctly and use your whole body to breathe correctly, mainly from your diaphragm. You will also need to learn how to articulate well, especially when forming vowels. Once you have these two aspects of your training down, you’ll be warming up in order to shake out your nerves and to exercise your vocal chords. Your vocal chords need to be stretched just like any other muscle; and as they develop, you will expand your range.

For this reason, we suggest that you always warm up your voice before starting to sing, even when you are practicing on your own. You should practice daily so that you’re better prepared for your voice lessons and they’re more effective when you attend them. In order to get the most out of yourself and your lessons, you should also take care of your voice. Keep hydrated, and always bring water to your lessons. Avoid dairy and caffeine right before singing, as dairy creates phlegm and caffeine dries out your throat. Smoking also damages your voice, so you should avoid that in general. Most importantly, rest it when you need to. If you overtire yourself, you will not be at your peak for your lessons or for any other singing that you do.

The Top 3 Myths about Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Who doesn’t love music? Imagine being able to create music yourself! This is a thought that should appeal to most people, especially the young. Making music stimulates the mind, provides instant satisfaction, and creates wonderful mental connections that keep us sharp. Best of all, the pride of creating something as impressive as high-quality music is worth celebrating. Whether you take acoustic guitar or voice lessons, you will learn how accessible making music really is.

Unfortunately, we have heard several myths about taking acoustic guitar lessons. Here are 3 of the myths and the reality behind them:

  1. There is a prevalent myth out there that when it comes to learning the guitar, some people just “have it” and some people just do not. While the musically gifted may be able to learn the guitar more quickly, most people are capable of learning how to play the guitar—no matter whether they are young or older. With great lessons and practice, you can certainly become at least a capable guitar player. And the best part is that knowing how to read music isn’t a prerequisite to learning the guitar.
  2. Another myth behind guitar lessons is that music teachers are like army generals, shouting orders and demanding perfection. Make no mistake, a great music teacher will push you toward excellence, or at least competency (depending on your goals); you will not be treated like a lowly soldier, humiliated, or belittled. Making music is a positive experience; learning the guitar will be the same way.
  3. The worst myth about learning to play the acoustic guitar is this: you would be learning to play an irrelevant instrument. Many people, especially young people, might think that the only “cool” guitars are electric guitars, but this could not be further from the truth. Numerous musicians that are relevant and popular today record songs that feature the acoustic guitar heavily. It is not just for old stars like Bob Dylan or people who play music in restaurants. The acoustic guitar has never gone out of style and probably never will. Most importantly, if you plan on learning how to play an electric guitar, then learning the acoustic guitar is an excellent path to electric guitar excellence.