Doesn’t everybody sing? Especially in secret, in the shower, in moments nobody is around or in the car with your favorite song blaring? I have definitely been guilty of that on more than one occasion. And that second when you realize that the person stopped in the car next to you has been watching for the last 30 seconds while you belted out a ballad is always priceless.
Here in most part of Africa, we do not pay attention to some of all these important subjects, yet we wonder why our music industry is not going anywhere. We turn to believe that talent is all that one needs but, that can not be the case . See our governments are trying to move away from selling raw materials but rather add value before selling, the musicians and players in the music industry do not seem to be paying attention at all. It is really sad because we know that no matter how precious gold is it still has to refined. When i talk about these issues i am referred to the economic situation of our country and most musician or aspiring musicians. So i find it difficult to go ahead because some of the points they raise are legitimate. However, some manage to save money just so they can try crossing the Mediterranean into Europe.
So when we saw this article we felt like sharing with you..
Singing is as natural to humans as it is to songbirds, but many of us tuck our talents away out of shyness or sympathy for those within earshot. I know – I have been on both sides of that track. I had a passable voice when I was young, but age has put a lot of bark and bad notes in there somehow. I also wasn’t trained to sing, nor would I have thought that it was necessary when I was young.
And like many, as I got older, I started to believe that things like singing, shouting, skipping and playing in public just lead to embarrassment. But just because my singing voice wasn’t as pretty as it once was, didn’t mean I was going to give up entirely.
Myths About Singing
- Singing is natural – it’s easy to do.
Singing is easy and natural … but to sing well takes practice. To sing very well takes practice and knowledge.
- Singing lessons produce no results. Promising singers either know how to sing or they don’t. Why waste the money.
Well, maybe the great singers also know more than you do and if they take singing lessons, maybe they know the reasons why.
- People take singing lessons for the wrong reasons
There might be some truth in this. Some people take singing lessons to make sure they get that solo in church or a part in a spring musical. They want to learn to sing loud. But there are other reasons to take singing lessons, like “to build up self-confidence” or “learn study skills.”
While there may be some people who take singing lessons for seemingly unrelated or unimportant reasons, that doesn’t apply to everyone. I have seen and heard serious results from a singer (my son) who took the craft of singing very seriously from his first lesson to his last. This was not frivolity. This was not wasted time. And while his talents have yet to land him a multi-million recording contract, he has long aimed for a career teaching high school music. Every ounce of his musical education is part of a master plan he will employ throughout much of his life.
Now here are 13 concrete, solid, reasons why someone should take singing lessons:
- To learn to read music if you want to be the professional you dream of.
- To learn various musical styles.
- To learn various standards for musical styles.
- To learn how to find a note.
- To sharpen your ability to sing a note. (To sing a note, all of us sing above the note and below the note, so that our range above and below the note gives us the sound of the note we are chasing. But good singers narrow their range to hit the note more purely – less above and less below. They are precise than the rest of us.
- To learn to breath well and and strengthen lungs
- To learn to control volume
- To learn not to waver away from notes once you find them
- To learn nuances of a song for a performance
- To learn about your own voice – what it can do and cannot do
- To learn how not to ruin your voice
- To learn music theory
- To learn various scales (There is certainly more than one scale out there. It’s not just do-ray-me. I know one vocal teacher who can sing diatonic and chromatic scales. That takes a bit of know-how.)