Quote by MatthewLeisher
Is there any way of learning without a vocal coach?

Definitely, but it will take more work. I would suggest a vocal coach if it is at all an option, however I don't want you to think that because you cannot get a vocal coach, there's no point in trying. With this day and age, you can find a lot of information online. I wouldn't suggest reading about singing, I would suggest go on youtube and type "singing lessons" so you can actually watch/hear people, and try to imitate their technique. There are many singing lessons on youtube you just need to work very hard to make sure you are following their instructions and advice carefully, because there is not a trained instructor there who can listen to you and hear the mistakes you are making.
I'm more of a self taught kind of guy, with the mindset that I can do anything if I work hard enough and put my heart in it.

Edit: I just thought of a question: Should I be feeling it in my throat when I sing? Like, I dunno if I'm straining or what, my throat doesn't hurt by any means, but it feels a little strange.
Last edited by MatthewLeisher at May 22, 2010,
you should really be feeling it at all in your throat. you have to learn to resonate in your mouth and make sure your supporting the notes well.

i recomend doing these videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGhiWroCuQ0

all 4 parts.

and for breathing use this: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/breathing-basics-for-singing.html

and some good vocal voaches online are:
for the basics/ soul/ pop: http://www.youtube.com/user/EricArceneaux#g/u < very good
for rock/ sing high/ power/ how the voice works: http://www.youtube.com/user/RocktheStageNYC?blend=2&ob=1

make sure you stick to the excercises they show you, dont cut any corners, you dont want to damage your voice.
no you should not feel it ALL in your throat. it does resonate in your throat and mouth but resonance starts from your diaphragm. without proper breath support from your diaphragm youll never hit notes you want to hit, let alone have a pleasant sounding tone to your voice. i suggest starting from square one and just get your diaphragm stronger, do some humming and then lip rolls ascending and descending the scales. then move to your vowel sounds. your vocal cords need to get use to everything before just jump into singing. its all about the muscle memory.

and no your throat shouldnt feel weird at all. your pushing (straining). your singing too much with your throat, and you need to relax. only reason i know that is because the same thing happened to me when i first started. if it does feel like anything it should feel light and free.
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