Why Vocal Training?

Why take voice training? What are the benefits?

For the singer, having generalised vocal lessons as opposed to traditional singing lessons provides a very different perspective on the voice.  For non-singers, such lessons add a perspective to self-esteem and confidence that can ony be experienced, not imagined. Training your voice as opposed to developing your musicality involves improving a much wider range of personal capabilities than might be expected. Enabling good voice projection and control means you improve the way you stand and hold yourself as your posture has to be excellent in order to speak well. With time and practice this becomes a habit, leading to all sorts of side benefits.

For example, have you ever noticed how your attention is attracted to those who seem to be ‘in charge’, almost always only because they stand in a particular way? Being aware of your voice and the way you stand attracts attention – the right sort of attention – and puts over the impression you want: that you are professional, good at your job, confident and able to perform. In turn, this results in increased self-confidence, and with increasing confidence you really do become more competent. After all, how many sports stars do we see who admit they have to focus on confidence to release they really can achieve what they want to achieve?

Of course, a major reason professionals wish voice training is to be more clearly understood. Good vocal lessons cover the how and whys of achieving this, from simply being more mindful and conscious of the way you speak, to your postural and and vocal habits to how the tone you use can affect how people perceive you. This can include consciously avoiding certain accents or speech constructs but can also be simply being able to be more clearly understood, heard more easily and taken more seriously whilst retaining your natural accent.

Even volume can be issue: do you think you are too loud or feel you are too quiet? There are ways to manage both these extremes. Do you run out of breath? We can show you how you can be conscious of and managing your breathing to speak more effectively. Rather than feel you are dominated and controlled by your voice, a good voice coach can put you in control of how you use your own, unique, voice.

For singers, this develops a different perspective on their voice than might be gained through traditional music lessons. It can be seen as developing the psychological and physical side of your voice rather than following rules as to how to sing.

The other benefits we’ve mentioned elsewhere also go hand in hand with this voice shaping: a healthy voice can lead to a healthier lungs and even longevity. Some of the exercises that you ocan be given are intended to help better control vocal production, but a great side-benefit is that they can be used before a performance, perhaps a presentation or speech, to help manage stage-fright and nerves. They really do work: even those who have attended the introductory Can’t Sing? Can Sing! workshops I used to give used these techniques and found them incredibly useful.

Whatever happens, though, it is your voice, your instrument. Everyone is unique – all a voice coach can do is show you how to shape it and use it effectively. My ppwn voice training is focused towards writers reading ntheir work out loud, but details of a good voice coach near you can be gained from the British Voice Association email:
administrator@britishvoiceassociation.org.uk, telephone: +44 (0)300 123 2773.

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