Singing Lessons & Voice Training : How to Pick a Vocal Coach


JAMES MENY: If you were shoppin’ for a voice
teacher and let’s just say that you’re trying to sing in a rock band, every voice teacher
is going to tell you that their vocal technique works for any style. My question, I would
have for them is, “Can you sing in my style?” Because what you’re going to find out is that
particularly in opera or classical they can’t sound very good singing anything else. And
test them, don’t’ be afraid of asking ’em to sing your style and then you have to ask
yourself this question, “Do I want to sound like that?” Now, doesn’t mean the color of
their voice or the tonality of the voice but more along is the freedom of the voice will
allow them to transition from what they’re very good at which might be classical or opera
to R&B. And if you ever really want to trip up a classical singer ask him to do an R&B
line and you might have a really good laugh after that lesson. Just the opposite too is
to go to the R&B person and ask him to do opera. Doesn’t mean that you’re asking them
to sing a full aria, it just means that you’re asking them to hold out what we will consider
a really good operatic sound.

5 comments

He's actually very right! I am classically trained, and it's really hard for me to sing other styles of music! Even some Broadway pieces have to be worked on a lot for me to sound good singing them.

People have different instruments period. There is NO voice teacher OR person who can sing everything, but they can teach technique. A GOOD voice teacher can teach anything. What matters is pedagogy. If you don't know pedagogy, you shouldn't be teaching in the 1st place. THAT is what a student should ask, Not, can you sing Staying Alive or Nussum Dorma. Voice teachers should know anatomy. That's the problem.

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