#1
Yeah, so, I'm thinking of taking lessons in proper singing technique.

Has anyone here taken lessons? Did it really improve your performance? Is it worth, say, $18 for a 30-minute lesson?

Thanks.
#2
I was thinking of doing the same, any feedback would be appreciated
#3
i took lessons but i dont think it helped that much
i think the thing that helped me the most is just to record yourself and hear what u are doing wrong.... and fix it
18$ is cheap
but if u already know all the basics such as scales and how to sing ure diaphragm than u proabably wont need it
also depending on what kind of style you do.
#4
I've bene taking lesson for almost a year know. First you need to get the basics right. After that a teacher can help you get those small "bad" habits out.

Bad habits are stuff that you can do, however, you need to do it consciously.
-Nasal sound
-certain breathing techniques
-legato (drunk) singing
-and some more

But in the end it's indeed the recording yourself and a trial and error method to do the trick.
#5
I am a strong advocate for lessons. There is really no substitute. The sooner, the better, too. The earlier you start, the less time you have to develop and rely on bad habits.

The trick is finding a good teacher. It sounds like ms_tickley's problem wasn't that lessons didn't help her. The problem was that the teacher lacked the technique to be able to help her.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
#6
I take lessons and I really like them. I think they work great if you don't know much about singing, otherwise you could probably fix your own problems. I didn't know much about singing so I took them and I've gotten better thanks to them because I have someone who can point out what I'm doing wrong and how to fix it.
#7
Quote by Freunleven
Yeah, so, I'm thinking of taking lessons in proper singing technique.

Has anyone here taken lessons? Did it really improve your performance? Is it worth, say, $18 for a 30-minute lesson?

Thanks.

Join a decent church choir, they generaly let anyone join as long as they have a pretty decent voice to begin with and usualy train you as they go along. This way, you get the training for free, although you generaly have to turn up for service every Sunday and wear a funny costume.
That's what I did... and I'm an atheist.
#8
Its very important to find the right teacher.
So before you commit to taking lessons, make sure you've got the right teacher for you.

No point going to a teacher who plays classical music if you wanna learn to sing metal songs.
#9
Quote by af_the_fragile
Its very important to find the right teacher.
So before you commit to taking lessons, make sure you've got the right teacher for you.


Agreed entirely.

but....

Quote by af_the_fragile

No point going to a teacher who plays classical music if you wanna learn to sing metal songs.


Good singing technique is good singing technique. My teacher was a member of the Metropolitan Opera in NYC and has performed at Carnegie Hall. He teaches a technique that has its roots in opera, but has taught many people from the pop music field.

Brian Vollmer of Helix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d301tsqXZeI
Gil Moore of Triumph: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qnhoxAEVX0
Ian Thomas (folk-pop): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU0x858bNSA
Rita Chiarelli (blues): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EjBOxvMBUI
Lisa DalBello (80's pop): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7n-X9UyteM
Daniel Lanois (sings roots music, producer of U2's Joshua Tree) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3SUAk0pEFg

Classical technique, but applied to a real range of music.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
#11
yeah my singer whom we thought we were gonna drop, has decided to take lessons, so we're giving him a 2nd chance. so in reality, it could keep you in your band