"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it." -Kurt Vonnegut
Posted By the Voyager Team on: Oct 10, 2020
As any seasoned vocalist knows; Training is the most important part. It is crucial to train your voice as it enhances your overall skill and allows you to expand your artistic ability and opportunities. Even some of the biggest stars nowadays like Shawn Mendes, still attend vocal training sessions as they are aware that to keep their voices healthy and thriving, they need to learn the proper technique and tools to do so.
Vocal training maximizes your vocal range through various warm-up and singing techniques. Having a wider vocal range not only signifies hard work, but it allows you to choose from a wider variety of songs as you are not limited by your range. Enhancing your vocal power also allows your audience and listens to stay interested, as you will be able to configure unique vocal arrangements to show off your amazing range. Not only does it help your actual voice, but it helps raise your confidence too, as you will feel yourself able to start singing songs, you didn’t think you could beforehand! Breath control also helps enhance your power and that’s what your vocal teacher will walk you through!
Confidence comes from control and control comes from the technique. In your singing lessons, you should be spending a solid amount of time working on warm-ups and improving your technique as these are the things that are going to allow you to be confident within your ability. Your teacher should help you focus on the things you do well and help guide you through ways to make your weaker areas, stronger. Building confidence in your singing helps with your performances, as you begin to recognize just how strong your ability is, instead of the latter. Read our article here: https://www.voyagercompetition.com/newsroom/finding-confidence-as-a-performer-and-artist on ways to further build confidence as a performer and artist!
THIS ONE is probably the most important dot point in this article. Vocal health is integral to an artist and if you are doing things without knowing how to do them safely, you’re not only going to get a sore throat, but it could potentially do some real damage to your vocal cords in the long run. Proper warm up’s are important and every singing teacher should be focusing on this as soon as you start your lesson. Teachers should also take you through different techniques to use, in order to help with different singing styles like belting, whistle tones, or when using resonance. These things combined help strengthen the larynx healthily, meaning even in your older days, you’ll be singing the same!
FACT: Before a big performance, avoid any dairy products as they thicken the mucus already in the throat and can cause acid reflux which can burn your vocal cords!
Vocal training is really important in helping you discover your sound and specific genres and styles you excel at singing and performing. Singing teachers are there to help advise and guide you to find a sound that is uniquely yours and create lessons around what can benefit you and your future. Vocal training also gives you the chance to try new things and get out of your comfort zone, in the safety of a room with a person you trust and who can give you advice with what worked and what didn’t.
When you have your weekly (or more!) singing lessons, this is important in giving you consistency with your tone and overall voice. Your vocal cords are a muscle and like every other muscle in your body, it needs to be consistently trained, to become stronger. When you stay consistent with your warm-ups and different techniques, not only does it improve the health of your larynx or train the right lower body muscles to support your voice, it allows you to improve on your craft, artistically. You can’t expect to train it a few times and be perfect, keep working at it and you’ll eventually see promising results!
I don’t know about you, but I was quite reluctant to start singing lessons as I was worried that I would end up sounding like an overtrained, same old same old, singer! Truth is, like all the things mentioned above, vocal training is more than just learning how to sing. It’s about how to sing safely and keep your larynx and vocal cords healthy so they can work at a high level. Don’t be scared to start if you haven’t already, find a teacher that is right for you and you’ll be singing Whitney songs in no time! (If that’s what you want of course 😉)
~Bella, The Voyager Team
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