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By Ben M. – Glendale Singing Teacher
You know the saying, "Hollywood is where stars are born!" It's both true and misleading. I've found a better way to put it: "Hollywood is where people realize they're already stars!" And no, I'm not talking about fame. There is a common misconception that in order to "make it" in LA, you have to become famous. You may hold this misconception yourself because most - if not all - of the entertainment professionals you know are celebrities. You rarely hear about the thousands of regular people who came here to be in the industry - and succeeded. There are studio singers, tour singers, wedding singers, music therapists, singing teachers...the list goes on and on. Taking singing lessons in Glendale, California and exploring the LA music scene are great ways to get started in your dreams to succeed in your career as a singer.
Los Angeles is the rare city that has no real central hub. Rather, it consists of a number of communities all in close proximity to each other; and Glendale is just one of these communities. Singers just getting their career started will find many like-minded individuals in the many nearby communities of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Burbank, and Studio City. I've found that the easiest and most effective way of finding other open-minded singers is to visit one of the many popular "open mic" nights and artist showcases in these communities. To supplement your singing lessons in Glendale, hit up any of these well-known spots to connect with fellow singers eager to share and collaborate:
Room 5 - Hollywood This should be everybody's first stop on the LA music circuit; it's a glimpse into the heart of Hollywood's hardest working musicians. If you're from out of town, you will be amazed at the caliber of talent that graces the stage at Room 5 every night. It's a testament to the vast amount of talent that exists here. Say hi to your favorite singer after the show, and ask them about what they do. They will undoubtedly have valuable knowledge to share with you. http://www.room5lounge.com/
The Hotel Cafe - Hollywood You may have heard a live album from one of your favorite artists that was recorded here. This venue does a great job of making room for all levels, whether you're just starting out or are a national act. If your material is good, they will make room for you. https://www.hotelcafe.com/
The Troubadour - West Hollywood A unique venue with a whole lot of history. They don't have an open mic here, instead focusing on touring artists with draws of 100 or more. It's a great place to get a taste of what Los Angeles is all about. http://www.troubadour.com/
Silver Lake Lounge - Silver Lake A tiny venue that focuses on local independent artists, especially in the rock genre. This place has a certain flair to it and is a great spot if you're looking to meet some of the more eccentric members of the LA music scene. http://thesilverlakelounge.ticketfly.com/
Tribal Cafe - Echo Park An all-ages cafe with a very relaxed atmosphere. They insist on creating and maintaining a friendly and casual environment for both musicians and spectators. Once you get to know other musicians at a similar point on their journey, you can start attending the countless auditions that are held here every week - both by companies and individuals. You can also ask to be introduced to other pros who might be looking to work with someone like you. http://www.tribalcafe.com/site/
As you grow with your peers in this city, it's important to continue improving your skills. Taking singing lessons in Glendale from a local teacher is a great way to hone your talent and learn about your instrument.
Learn breath and placement techniques to help find the best version of your voice.
I believe it is important to have fun when learning a new instrument. Because, why do it if you don't enjoy it?
Therefore, I tailor all lessons per student to make sure you get the most out of your lessons. We can work on anything from learning new songs, to different techniques and theory or even performance.
I've taught students who have never taken a voice lesson before and those who have been singing and studying for 10+ years.
I especially love teaching those who are new to singing because there are issues in confidence and finding the unique qualities for their voice while still building healthy vocal technique. If this is an issue for an advanced singer, I'd love to help out.
The most important aspect of vocal training that I will emphasize is breath support. Connecting to the body when singing will ensure vocal protection and prevent unwanted vocal strain. I will also focus on gaining control through scales and breathing. I would like my students to gain consistency in their lessons each week by providing them with new challenges and helping them to gain new tools when practicing. Applying these fundamental elements of healthy singing into each student's repertoire is the ultimate goal in these lessons.
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