FAQ'S

A Dedicated Vocal Coach

WHAT IS MY FIRST LESSON LIKE?

We’ll talk a little about you, a little about me. What your experience is (if any) and why you’re looking for lessons. We’ll go through some exercises which will help me to assess your voice and how I will be best approaching our sessions. The first lesson is just as much for me as it is for you. I want you to feel comfortable and relaxed. Your voice is a very personal thing, so it’s important you are happy and safe with me. This is the case for singing and spoken lessons.


SHOULD I PREPARE A SONG?

If you feel confident to do so, yes. Ideally it should be something you feel very comfortable with and have sung for a good amount of time. The purpose of this would be for me to get a clearer understanding of your voice, so if your unsure, just bring yourself and we will muddle through together. There is no pressure either way.


SHOULD I PREPARE A PIECE/MONOLOGUE? (Spoken Sessions)

A piece of spoken word ie an extract from a book or a poem are a great. A monologue will work too, as long you know it very well, but is not necessary. I just want a chance to hear your voice.


SHOULD I BRING SHEET MUSIC?

If you have a song to sing, yes, if not this will be something we will come to further along the line. 


DO I NEED TO READ MUSIC?

No. Most people listen and learn via ear, so reading music is definitely not a necessity. But if your wanting to work professionally it’s becoming more of a necessity. 


CAN I BRING MY OWN BACKING-TRACK?

Yes, especially if it’s a good one!

CAN I RECORD MY LESSON?

This is something I advise all my students. It’s difficult to remember everything in the moment as there can often be a lot to take in. Also, when you listen back, you may hear something I’ve said or something in your own voice you had not realised at the time.


DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?

Yes. Online lessons are reduced and I also offer an option to ‘Pay What You Can’ during the COVID - 19 pandemic. 


HOW MANY LESSONS WILL I NEED?

It really depends on what you want from yourself and your voice; you can have as many or as few lessons as you like.


SINGING: Singing is a practise. Even the most renowned singers still see a vocal coach and are always learning. Singing can be a life long mission, if you want it to be. We tend to organise these as an hour every week or every 2 weeks.


SPOKEN VOICE: This tends to be more prescriptive to work on specific issues or for an upcoming event. If you want to study a vocal pathway eg LAMDA voice exams, lessons will go on for as long as your training.


HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO PRACTICE?

I usually suggest at least 20minutes a day. Keeping in check with your voice is integral to improvement, just like doing regular exercise is the only way to stay fit. If you want to get better, you have to practice regularly.


DO YOU TEACH STYLE TOO?

Style is the icing on the cake of any performance. Being able to present a song in a way that reflects you is what makes the song your own and gives you the ultimate satisfaction. Once you have a strong understanding of a song from a technical perspective, style is the next step to making you shine!


DO YOU OFFER GROUP LESSONS?

No, not in singing, but I will in courses on Acting Through Song.


WHAT TECHNIQUE DO YOU TEACH?

You will learn to use your voice in a way that is efficient and going to serve you. A solid grounding and understanding of your voice will be the basis for any genre you come to sing. Once you have a grasp on these principles, we will look into more specific styles eg musical theatre, classical, rock or pop.

 

Scholes, Holmfirth, UK

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