Singing Lessons? No sweat, just follow these top tips!
It can be incredibly daunting taking singing lessons, so hopefully some of these tips will help you to be better prepared! If you have any questions then pop them in the comments 🙂
There's nothing worse than feeling flustered and panicked because you have a dry throat (thanks nerves). Have a bottle of water handy and if at any point you need to take a sip, do! Don't worry about stopping a warm up or missing something in a song, it's not the end of the world and you can always do it again 🙂
Be prepared to sing
I know it sounds obvious, but it really helps if you have something for the teacher to assess you on. Not in an 'oh no, exam!' kind of way, but more of a 'let's figure out what we need to do' kind of way. Practice a song or two before your lesson so if they say "Do you have anything you can sing right now?" you can say "Yes!" with confidence.
Trust your teacher
If your teacher asks you to pull a silly face, do it! If they ask you to make an embarrassing sound, do it! Don't worry about how you think you look/sound, it's all steps to making you a better singer and building your confidence. Your teacher is doing those faces/sounds too, so they don't care what you look like. In fact, the sillier the better! Obviously, if something doesn't feel right or causes you pain, then DON'T do it. But, normally, pretending you're a police car won't hurt you.
Don't worry about how you think you sound
You don't sound bad. Your tone is yours, don't wish it away by comparing it to other people's. Yes, not everyone can sing in tune straight away but it's something we can learn. You can direct anyone who doesn't believe that to me! 🙂
Be honest about your commitment level
If you can only practice once a week, say that! It's much easier to tailor lessons for people who are honest and open about their goals/availability. Though to be fair, your teacher will probably always try and give you something you can do every day. Humming to yourself down the street has it's perks...
Let your teacher know if you've had any vocal issues before
This is incredibly important. If you've ever had surgery or nodules or something similarly severe, let your teacher know. They will want to ease you back into it rather than throw any curveballs your way.
Wear comfortable shoes
Yep. You're going to be on your feet for 30 minutes to an hour. Get comfy!
Don't take any constructive criticism to heart
It's hard not to think 'I'm the worst singer ever' or 'Why can't I just do this like other people' or 'They think I'm rubbish' when you're told what to improve on, but, remember it's about making you better. Not saying what you are doing is bad, just that there are ways to make it even better. Additional awesome, woohoo!
It's hard to sing when you're feeling tense, so try and let loose. If you go in with an open mind then you're going to feel so much better about the exercises and singing in general. It takes a lot of trust on your part and I appreciate that, but if it's there from the get go you will fly in your lessons! You do need a good rapport with someone when taking lessons so take the time to find the right tutor for you and the rest will fall into place.
Happy singing! 🙂