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Why some people don’t rely on voice lessons?

I often hear self-trained singers claiming they wish to improve their singing, but without sounding “too good”. That’s why they are sceptical about taking voice lessons. They want to better, but not “too much”, as if having a beautiful voice was something negative. Curious, isn’t it?

Yet, I totally get what’s behind: they are concerned to lose their uniqueness, becoming unimpressive and boring. They want to be themselves, not having someone telling them which type of music they should listen to, and how their voice should be like.

Well, you know what? They have a point.

As a vocal coach, I believe my role is not shaping everyone’s vocals in the image of “the ideal voice”. When coming to singing, there is not such a thing as a right or wrong sound. There is a healthy or unhealthy way of making a sound, there are appropriate and inappropriate sounds for certain styles, indeed. But there are not absolutely positive or negative characteristics. Certain “flaws” in the voice can be what make you interesting, your distinctive mark. That’s why valuable voice classes should guide you through the discovery of your own voice capabilities, showing you different paths and directions, in respect of your personal taste and peculiarities. They will help you to understand how to manage those characteristics you like in your voice, and to smooth edges you don’t.  

What’s crucial is that any of these characteristics must be your conscious choice, not something just happening without your control. Now, that’s where technique comes in: it gives you a strong self-awareness. Even if your singing was naturally perfect (lucky you), knowing how your voice works will get you more and more self-confidence, leading you to naturally explore new horizons.

In fact, when you have no conscious control of your voice, you’re so worried on sounding good, that you forget the real significance of what you’re doing. The artistic part, the message to convey, the feelings, are all put aside. At the end of the day, you probably sounded good, but this is not the same of singing well.

With an higher control of your voice, instead, you just don’t need to worry about your sound, because you’re sure of what you’re doing with no need to think about it. You can release yourself and enjoy your performance.

In short, a good vocal technique won’t entangle your artistry. On the contrary, it blows out the walls, set you free to experiment and create, and finally to express yourself like never before.

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About me

My name is Tiziana, I’m a professional vocal coach and voice teacher from Italy. After more then 15 years in voice teaching, I moved to Stockholm, where I founded my Sweden Vocal Lab studio. I’m specialised in adults’ vocalities, and “taught” cases.

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