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By Maya A. - Boston Singing Teacher
We hear tons of songs on the radio, on our iPods and on the Internet. Why do the singers make them sound so effortless? As a teacher of singing lessons in Boston, I'm always surprised as to what students think their voice should be able to do already before any lessons. I had one student who was very ambitious about singing songs at the top of his register, so I introduced a few songs that worked on slowly expanding his range. Eventually, he was able to sing higher songs effortlessly.
As a voice teacher of multiple genres, students have asked me if they can sing a song that goes a little too high or too low for their voice. What makes a song right for your range? When you pick a song you want to sing, there are a few things you might want to consider: for example, is the song sung by a woman or a man? Men and women have different voices. Pop and rock songs are usually written to suit the needs of these two different categories. Let's take an example. If you're a guy who feels comfortable singing low notes without much effort then a John Mayer song might be great for you! However, if you are a girl who loves to sing high, a low jazz song may not be right for you.
When you start voice lessons in Boston, you and your teacher should work together to find a song that sits comfortably on your voice: it might have a breathy low or high note when you start learning it, but no notes that take a great amount of effort to sing. Over a period of weeks, working on "comfortable" songs like these will help to expand your range so those breathy low and high notes will become clearer!
It's important to remember that everyone's voice is different. Most songs are written for a particular singer's vocal range. If you've been trying to master a song for months and it still feels awkward to sing, it might not be not you; it might be the song! Move on and try a different song.
I hope these tips help as you embark upon your singing lessons in Boston and work on finding the right songs for your voice. Good luck!
With my extensive solo performance and teaching experience, I believe all singers can find their unique sound through solid technique and creativity.
After several sessions (at least 10), students should have a basic understanding and awareness of the following characteristics with their voices:
*healthy breath control (understanding the differences between under and over supporting)
*healthy vowel shape: a, e, i, o, u
*awareness of their vocal registers and the differences between head, mixed, and chest voice
*an ability to descend from head voice into a healthy mixed register without flipping into chest voice
*3-5 new musical selections (give or take as needed)
*8-10 new technical exercises to use on student's own time
*an outline for personal practice
*developed musical instincts with rhythm, melody, harmony, intonation, and singing with accompaniment
I work with people in regard to singing lessons since 2004 in both academic settings and private face-to-face instructions. The lesson's plans and general direction that it takes during the course of study substantially depends on the student's interests and preferences. Along with main subjects that motivates students most in taking voice lessons ( such as learning new songs from the contemporary popular repertoire, for instance), I will offer my prospective students basic training in general musicianship; this would enable people to sing, read written music, and understand the very basics of music theory. With such advantages at their hands, my students will be able to expand their singing repertoire and to move, probably, to another styles of music for singing and enjoying it for the sake of people's personal aesthetical development.
My studio teaches singers from beginner to advanced levels who are eager to properly use their own voice, master the fundamental notions of a healthy singing technique and how to potentiate themselves as unique artists. If you're preparing for an audition or just curious about your voice, I'll help you. The process that allowed me to become a professional Opera Singer gave me the clear notion that as a student you want to have the balance between clear/accurate concepts and a positive experience.
Yun Huang started recording as a singer at a very young age. She has recorded and released 9 albums as a member of “Green Swallows” from 1999 to 2005 and two solo albums in 2004 and 2005. To further broaden her musicianship, she studied composition, arranging and performance at the Berklee College of Music, and completed a Performance Degree. She teaches singing in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. One of her students Jia Wei Zhao was recently admitted by Berklee College of Music.
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