I Want To Sing But I Don’t Know Where To Start

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This is an article for all those beginners out there who think “I want to sing” but don’t know how or where to start. They may even wonder if they have any talent at all, or if they can actually sing.

I want to take some time to explore what kind of options are available for someone who wants to venture into the world of singing, so they don’t waste time and money trying to work out where to start.

Let’s now look at some tips that you can use to begin on your vocal journey…..

Tip #1 – Find A Good Singing Teacher/Vocal Coach

I want to sing image 1I have said this before, but this is really quite obvious. You would not start to learn a sport without finding a good coach to teach you the basics and it is exactly the same with singing.

A good teacher will help you understand and learn the correct technique for singing, which will save you countless hours and dollars down the track when you will either have to have vocal surgery to fix issues like nodules, or you have to unlearn a bad technique and learn the correct technique later on.

It’s easier to just learn it from the beginning….

Finding a good singing teacher or vocal coach can be difficult to do as there are many who do not teach correct singing technique. How can you tell? I have authored an article entitled Learn How To Sing By Finding The Right Course Or Teacher, that gives you some criteria that you can test a teacher or coach against.

It is very important that you find someone who teaches the basics correctly, so you will be saved vocal trouble further down the line.

Tip # 2 – Practice, Practice, Practice

Again, this seems rather obvious, but the more you practice, the quicker you will see improvement. For the singer thinking “I want to sing”, this is where the rubber will hit the road.

Practice should generally consist of two separate disciplines:

  1. Scales & Vocal Exercises – These help build the voice and safely increase vocal range. You can think of them like drills you would do in athletics or football
  2. Singing Songs/Repertoire – Singing actual songs helps to take what you have built technique wise and get’s you to start applying it to real singing (this is the fun part)

I want to sing image 2Why are both disciplines important?

Trying to increase you vocal range, power and tone by just singing songs can work, but it is a rather haphazard approach that can be a bit “hit and miss”.

Using scales and exercises for this is easier because you are learning to apply correct singing technique without having to learn complex melodies or lyrics.

Once you have your technique down, then you can start singing songs, and at this point you should not necessarily have to worry about hitting the high notes as they should sit comfortably in your voice. Your goal when singing repertoire is to make sure that you are interpreting the song, adding feeling and not just singing the notes.

This is much easier to do when your singing technique is solid and you have developed your range, tone and pitch etc using scales and exercises.

Eventually the goal will be to get out and start performing in whatever genre or style that you prefer……

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I Want To Sing And Now I Know Where To Start

The goal of this article was to give a budding singer thinking “I want to sing – where do I start” a place to begin when entering the world of singing for the first time.

As a beginner you should focus on finding a good teacher who teaches correct technique, and practicing what they teach you. If you do this, you will be surprised how quickly you will progress.

I hope you have found this article informative. Please feel free to comment, or share on Facebook, Twitter etc.

I wish you success in all your singing endeavors.

Andy Barnes

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