Why Vocal Lessons Are A Must For Any Aspiring Singer – Toronto Vaughan Wedding Singer Funeral

Attending St. Michael’s Choir School as a youth offered me the opportunity of singing everyday and helped to fuel my passion for music. However, as a chorister, there wasn’t the one-on-one attention to vocal technique as the choral conductors were primarily concerned with how the choir sounded collectively.

One would think that with the amount of singing that I did as a child, that there was no need for me at take vocal lessons. However, nothing could be futher from the truth. As I began singing more and more after graduating from the choir school, it became very clear to me that there is a big difference between a chorister and a soloist.

This became evident to me as the repertoire I began singing started becoming more challenging. For most of my days at the choir school, I was singing music from church hymnals which contained songs that were meant to encourage congregational participation. Although the songs were very beautiful in melody and arrangement, vocally, they were not very challenging.

When I started gravitating towards classical crossover music, I felt that the repertoire (specifically notes in the higher register) was more challenging and I was struggling to properly sing some of the songs with power and authority. Long gone were the days when I would rely on my head tone to hit a high note and blend in with the rest of the tenors to fill out the sound. I knew that if I wanted to stand out as a soloist, I was going to have to take my singing to a whole new level.

I first started taking vocal lessons in 2004 and almost immediately, began singing better and with more confidence. Being a cantor at a church on a weekly basis allowed for me to receive feedback from the congregation. I remember that in one of my first vocal lessons, I was taught about “keeping my foot on the pedal” which was a metaphor for using my diaphragm to help increase my range and power of my voice. After a while, many of the classical crossover songs that were too challenging for me to sing were now becoming regular staples in my public performances.

I found vocal lessons to be of such value that even after my first vocal teacher left Canada to pursue her own career, I sought out another professional who continues to teach me up to present day.

One of the benefits of vocal lessons is that it helps to prolong the lifespan of your vocal chords, especially if you are singing on a daily or somewhat regular basis. If you look at artists like Adele, Sam Smith or even Canadian Crooner, Michel Buble, they have all had to take time off from touring and performing as they badly strained their vocal chords and even had to undergo surgery. Many untrained singers don’t realize that when they are belting those high notes and singing from their throat, they are putting unnecessary strain on their vocal chords which over time can cause the voice to fatigue and result in vocal nodules or even worst yet, polyps. In many cases, these may require the singer to have to undergo risky surgery that could potentially cause irreversible damage the vocal chords. The benefit of vocal lessons is that it teaches proper technique and how to support your voice with your diaphragm which reduces vocal strain.

For anyone serious about singing and protecting their instrument, vocal lessons is definitely something to consider. Keep in mind that it is much better to learn how to sing properly and take precautionary measures of protecting your voice than to rely on a doctor to reverse damage done from years of straining and singing incorrectly.

I have written an e-book on vocal hygiene which you can download for free from my website. In addition to explaining the benefits of vocal lessons, it also lists a number of ways to be proactive and protect your voice and minimize ways in which we can unknowingly cause harm to our instrument. It is a worthwhile read for those serious about singing and taking care of their voice.

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