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Sure You Can Sing, But Do You Need Vocal Training?

Whether you’re a professional singer or not, training your voice is important. Singers often say that when they relax and feel the song, they hit the right notes. Maybe some do, and consistently, but they are a small percentage. A majority of singers benefit enormously from vocal training. Learning to balance a good singing technique, with expression and emotion is imperative to increase the range and power of your voice.

Why is technique important?

When singing or performing over hours, being consistently in tune can be challenging – and this is where technique comes in. Your voice is an instrument after all, and it needs to be trained to perform at its optimum. A vocal coach will identify the weaknesses in your voice and help you work towards strengthening those areas. While vocal exercises may not seem fun when you start, following the program your trainer sets for you will over time improve the strength and range of your voice. And as you hear the improvement, those exercises won’t seem arduous but something you’ll become passionate about!

Improve consistency for a reliable performance

With the development of technique, comes consistency. Often nerves can have a negative impact on your voice throwing off your breathing, and ultimately affecting your vocal chords. When professionally trained, you will learn

how to perform so your voice doesn’t let you down. For example, you may have noticed the inconsistency in some professional performances where the vocalist’s voice simply does not have the same range and power at a live performance when compared to a recording. On the other hand, Michael Jackson whose voice was trained since childhood (first through his Motown years and then with Seth Riggs) was always consistent in his performances. He, unsurprisingly, continued training through his career.

Train like an athlete

To be a performer you need to train, much like an athlete would before a big competition. Vocal ‘workouts’ will help you build strength in the muscles engaged in singing. Practicing regularly will help you reach higher pitches and sustain notes, while improving your breath control and strengthening your vocal folds and diaphragm. And with practice and training, comes confidence.

Imagine what you could accomplish with a little focus, if you already have a great singing voice without any training. Developing vocal technique will then help you become the best singer you could be. A songwriter will have more notes to play with, as a singer you’ll be consistent and have a greater range. Essentially training will give you the aptitude to deliver time after time.

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