So in the last post, I talked a little about asking yourself the right question when looking for a voice teacher Click here to see that post. As I mentioned, any good teacher can teach you the basic mechanics of singing. Here are a few that are on the top of my list:
- Singing needs air in order to do it. Learning how to breath well is one of the foundation of singing. Find someone who will teach you to breath naturally and with ease; in a way that will permit you to have good tone and pitch.
- Good pitch, in my book is not optional. You may have pipes like Aretha, Beyonce and J-lo all wrapped into one, but if you cannot sing on pitch consistently Streisand, you got a problem! A good teacher will notice any pitch issues and help you find ways to correct them.
I want to digress from my list for a moment and add that If you are in search for a voice teacher ( or any teacher for that matter), I am assuming that you want to improve some aspect of your current skills, i.e you are looking for an outside opinion. They will help you stretch and build on your talents; but it is not their job to just tell you how great you are. A good teacher/consultant is delighted with all progress that you make, but they do not stop there, they will keep you accountable to the goals that you have chosen for yourself. Ok, that said, on to…
- Rhythm, as in, I got rhythm, I got music. A great sense of rhythm is a lovely and necessary talent to expand. Learn how to count properly and steadily. Does that mean that you have to sing everything straight and boring? No, it means that if you are going to mess with the rhythm of a song, you know what you are doing and can make intentional choices.
- Diction- I’m not talking, “the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plains” diction with the rolling “r’s” and such, I am talking about learning how to enunciate the words while you are singing. Trust me, it is better for your audience to concentrate on your stunning performance rather than straining to understand what the heck you just said!
This is a very short list and there are certainly more “basic singing skills” that could be added, but this should help you get started in your search for the right teacher. Good luck!