Are Vocals for Me?

  • Singing is an important aspect of making music. People relate to the lyrics and the meaning of a song. If you take lyrics away, it’s increasingly difficult to “bond” with your listener. It’s why I believe it’s important for all musicians to explore singing. If you’re in the “rhythm section” per se, you don’t necessarily want to be lingering at the mercy of a vocalist. At the same time, if fronting a band is not for you, the ability to do backing vocals will definitely help to land you a gig. It seems that the modern era of the music industry is increasingly leaning towards individuals and no longer whole bands. Some singing ability will definitely help to put you on the map as an individual!
  • A lot of people believe that singing is an ability that you have to be born with, however this is simply not true. If you’re not tone deaf, and you’re able to make some form of noise in the correct pitch, then you have the ability to learn to sing very quickly. Even if you’re tone deaf and unable to hit a note in key, all is not lost. It all comes down to a professional vocal coach that’s able to prescribe the correct exercises for your voice and style. That does mean spending a bit of money, as it’s definitely not something you should be doing on your own. How do you know if it’s the right vocal coach? That can be tricky. When I started vocal lessons myself, I noticed no improvement after 3 months of training. I decided to give a different coach a try, only to discover that my previous coach was more for “karaoke type singers”. You want to make use of a vocal coach that can prescribe professional training methods like Brett Manning’s Singing Success, or overtone singing.
  • If you have no experience or knowledge when it comes to singing, I’ve included a video below that should help to give you a bit of inspiration and hope that singing is in fact something you can learn. Does your voice tire easily, sound thin and dull or too nasal? These are all problems you can fix with the correct training methods! Trust me on this one, when I started vocal lessons I could hit the note in the correct pitch but that was all. Other than that, it sounded terrible and I never thought I would get anywhere. After about 3 months of training I noticed a dramatic difference, and where I previously had no ability to sing and play guitar at the same time, I was now able to do it well in such a short time span.

Below is an exercise that produces outstanding results for most people. If you’re struggle with it or find that producing the sounds are difficult, do not stress! You simply need to find the correct vocal coach that can pinpoint what you’re doing wrong.

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Dean Hailstone

Dean Hailstone

Dean is a professional guitar player, recording artist and touring musician. He has over 20 years of playing experience, and has performed hundreds of live gigs during his career. Read more...

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