Why should I take singing lessons even though I can already sing well?
Like the muscles in the rest of the body, even the vocal cords, if trained the right way, can do much more. Furthermore, with age and use, your vocal cords can become inflamed and develop disorders such as nodules, polyps, etc. that could compromise your career. Singing lessons help you avoid these dangers and keep your voice in shape and free from tension.
How many singing lessons do I need?
Like in the gym, some may need a vocal coach only to address their problem areas, while others want to continually improve their skills. Either way, you’ll be able to hear some changes in your voice from the first lesson. The speed at which you’ll progress depends on how much you train. Many singers take lessons throughout their careers, sometimes they take the vocal coach to the recording studio or on tour (or they keep in touch via Skype) to keep their voice in shape and always get the best out of their instrument.
Can one be too young or too old to start singing?
Not exactly. If you are musical, you can work to improve your energy and control, and thus be helped to achieve your goals. No matter whether you are a beginner or an advanced singer, singing lessons will help you improve!
What style of singing do you teach? Do you teach opera, jazz and all the other musical styles?
I don’t teach a specific musical style or singing genre, but my clientele reflects many different styles. I teach good vocal technique so you can sing whatever you want to sing! I’ll give you the necessary vocal balance to sing in any musical style you choose. I also offer stylistic advice to improve your performance of a song.
Are lessons via Skype as effective as those in person?
Yes! Professional singers and singing students around the world use Skype to take lessons when they are on tour, in the recording studio or in another town.
I want to learn to use my diaphragm. Will you teach me how to use it?
If you survived until now… congratulations! Your diaphragm works! We can’t breathe if the diaphragm doesn’t move! In my singing lessons I’ll address breathing indirectly, teaching you to manage the air better. In my way of teaching, I don’t isolate breathing unless necessary to correct an issue of posture or shallow breathing, because in all other cases it isn’t an issue with breathing, but with how the vocal cords “manage” and interact with the air that we breathe. Breathing is influenced by the behavior of the vocal cords and vice versa. In my method, I build specific exercises to balance air and muscle based on your vocal tendency. The way you use your voice, and therefore your breath, determines the kind of training and the exercises. To read more about this, read my blog post “Breathing for singing”.