If your ambition is to become a singing star or you want to choose singing as your profession, then you definitely need to train and develop your voice to perfection. You may have some talent and perhaps even a good voice, but that is not enough in the long run. You need to hone your skills, develop singing techniques, improve your range, perfect intonation and expression and so much more. And to do all this you have to know how to choose the best singing lessons.
It is only fair that I also tell you what are the parameters that you should look into before selecting your singing lessons. And I can best tell you that by saying what these singing lessons should offer.
Criteria A Good Singing Lesson Must Have:
Warm up singing exercises: These exercises will teach you how to do a vocal warm up that will open up your throat, flex your muscles at the larynx and clear scratches so that you can sing well when you practice/perform.
Breath control: This aspect will teach you to take deep breath from the diaphragm that will allow maximum intake of air and it will also teach you to exhale evenly so that you can hold notes for long and never be short of breath.
Relaxation techniques: This will be deep breathing, perhaps yoga or meditation to relieve you of stress and tension before you sing.
Proper Posture: Proper posture whether you sing while sitting or standing plays an important role in your voice quality, voice throw, voice control and power of delivery.
Singing Helps: There must be a way for you to interact with regarding your questions related to singing.
Vocal Exercises: This is the most essential exercise that will strengthen your vocal chords, increase your stamina, tonal quality and above all vocal range. These exercise should be done at the beginning and end of a practice session to maintain your vocal chords in good condition.
Self feed back exercises: You will be taught to self check your progress when you learn how to sing. The best way is to record what you sing and listen for yourself and identify the mistakes and correct it promptly.
Voice Maintenance: Last but not the least the singing lessons should teach you how to take care of your asset called the “voice“. This will teach how not to strain your voice, when to rest it if it is feeling strain, what to eat and not to eat and many more. Additionally you will also be taught the advantages of keeping your throat hydrated by drinking plenty of water, preferably warm water, avoiding cold items such as ice cream and oily and deep fried food stuff, shouting or yelling that will damage your throat, avoiding crowded and polluted places and above all avoid smoking which can be very harmful to your voice. If all these parameters are met than you have succeeded in how to choose the best singing lessons.