There are a lot of reasons why taking singing lessons is important. Some of the reasons are simple. You can gain more confidence as a singer by knowing you are doing all you can to create the highest quality singing. This confidence will also help you develop the best stage presence so you can connect with the audience.
If you hope to become a professional singer, then lessons are almost mandatory. As you have probably figured out by now, there are many aspects to voice control and sound production. Learning the proper techniques and voice specifics can help you advance your singing career.
Following are some of the things you can learn by taking singing lessons.
Avoiding Vocal Cord Damage
Your voice relies on many different physical components. All those physical components are tissue like muscles, cartilage and bone. In addition, there are more delicate tissues like mucous linings present, and these linings can cause you problems when they become inflamed due to sickness or exposure to allergens.
Lessons can’t prevent bacterial infections of colds, but they can help you prevent damaging your vocal cords. The entire vocal system can be quite fragile. Improper use of your voice can damage the vocal cords, and this makes singing lessons all the more valuable.
As related to singing, vocal cord damage can result from:
- Singing or talking outside the comfortable note range for your voice (too high or too low pitch)
- Singing too loudly at almost a scream (think of rockers where you read they had to take time off to let their vocal cords heal)
- Singing for long periods of time without a rest
- Strain or overuse
- Nodules forming due to repeated excessive pressure on the same vocal cord locations
- Failing to do vocal cord warm-up exercises
- Speaking in a voice too low that forces muscles and the vocal cords to work unnaturally
When vocal cords are damaged, the voice can become gravelly sounding or raspy. You might get hoarse or have trouble singing notes with consistency. Sometimes people with strained vocal cords have voices that suddenly cut out on particular notes.
Singing lessons can prevent many of these problems by teaching you how to avoid vocal cord strain. You also learn how to control your breathing so that your vocal cords work as efficiently as possible. Later in this ebook you will read more about breathing.
Vocal Cord Health
Closely related to preventing vocal cord damage is vocal cord health. Singing lessons can only do so much to protect your vocal cords from damage. You have to take responsibility for your lifestyle if you are serious about improving your singing for 90 days.
The videos you see that show rock musicians smoking one cigarette after another in between music sets should actually make you cringe. Smoking is not only bad for your general health, but it can lead to a raspy hoarse sound and wheezy lungs. That doesn’t sound like something a good singer wants does it?
The rockers can sometimes get away with raspy sounds simply because the loud music covers up voice and breathing sounds. Refusing to smoke is just one way to benefit your singing. Following are some more suggestions for maintaining vocal cord health:
- Drink plenty of water so the vocal cords stay hydrated and work smoothly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Do regular cardiovascular exercises to maintain healthy lungs and a healthy cardiovascular system
- Give your vocal cords regular rest to avoid overuse
- Don’t try to sing outside your normal pitch range
- Do learn to sing more powerfully through singing lessons while staying within your tessitura
- If you feel any larynx aching, detect cracks or missing in your singing then stop and rest for at least a day or two
- Get plenty of sleep because sleep restores all of the body’s systems from the day’s stresses including the stress on your vocal cords
- Do drink warm soothing and refreshing herbal teas, but avoid caffeine which will dry out vocal cords
- Avoid alcohol because it too will dry out vocal cords
- Avoid foods that cause even mild allergic reactions or phlegm production
- Don’t try to frequently talk over noises like air conditioners or car engines, because loud talking will strain your vocal cords
- If you suffer from frequent heartburn or acid reflux you need to see a doctor because regular stomach acid production can damage your sensitive trachea, larynx, pharynx and more
- Be careful about the type of medications you take because antihistamines are drying and can cause vocal cords to dry out also
This may seem like a long list of mostly “don’t do”, but consider this fact. Most of the suggestions for maintaining vocal cord health are followed by anyone living a healthy lifestyle whether they sing or not!