Are You Afraid to Have a Singing Lesson?
We all have our own crippling fears (mine being rats) but sometimes these can be helped with a little more information about what it is that we're afraid of.
I wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions about singing lessons which may make you more comfortable with the idea of trying one out for yourself.
WHAT IF THE TEACHER LAUGHS AT ME BECAUSE I'M TERRIBLE?
No professional teacher would ever make fun of you in a lesson. They will expect that you are having a few issues with your voice (seeing as you booked a lesson) and will want to help you fix those and progress as far as possible.
Teachers are there to support and assist you, not to make fun of you. If a teacher does mock you in a lesson, it's time to find another teacher and put that experience down to bad luck!
WHAT IF MY VOICE CRACKS OR BREAKS IN FRONT OF THEM?
We vocal coaches hear a range of noises come out of people's mouths - the voice is unpredictable!
In saying that, it's pretty hard to surprise those of us that have been doing this for years. Your voice may crack or break but that helps your teacher to diagnose any vocal issues you might be having and how to fix it.
There's nothing to be embarrassed about, these things happen all the time (and much more frequently that you think).
WHAT IF I FORGET THE WORDS TO A SONG?
Almost all singing teachers will allow you to have the lyrics to a song in front of you. A singing lesson isn't a memory class, you're not there to learn everything by heart - you're there to learn about vocal technique and presentation.
Your teacher will be understanding of any lyric slip ups and hopefully bring up a copy of the lyrics on their computer for you to read from.
WHAT IF THEY TELL ME THAT I'M NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO SING?
I am yet to have a student come to me that is tone-deaf, it is very rare. Almost all people can be trained to hold a tune and sing comfortably.
If your teacher tells you that you have no hope, I would seek a second opinion. If you are truly tone-deaf, then it's best to find out early on so you can come up with another way to express yourself through music.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE THEIR TEACHING STYLE?
When I was learning to sing, I had a number of singing teachers over the years. Some I connected with and others I didn't particularly gel with.
You want to make sure that you feel at ease and confident with whichever teacher you choose and that you are seeing results and progress on a regular basis. If this isn't the case, it's time to find another tutor.
There are always a bunch of negative What Ifs in any situation, but have you considered some of the positive ones...?
What if they tell you that you already have some talent?
What if your voice becomes stronger and more controlled because of the training?
What if you are able to sing songs you never thought possible?
What if they convince you that you can sing?
What if you LOVE their teaching style?
I hope this post helped put a pin in a few of your fears! If you'd love to give singing lessons a go, head on over to the Singing Lessons page for more info.
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