Singing: Getting back into it!

Top tips for getting back in to your lessons with ease after a long break.

Summer holidays are almost over and some students have taken a break for most or all of it. Here are some top tips for getting back in to your lessons with ease! 

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1.  Prepare a list of songs.

Your favourite artists have probably been releasing loads of catchy tunes over the break but as soon as you sit in your singing room, you won’t remember a single one! Create a list either in a notepad or on your phone/tablet that way you have inspiration at hand on that first lesson back!

2. Start warming up again.

It’s absolutely fine to have a rest from singing but if you’ve done absolutely nothing for a few weeks, you might want to start building strength in those vocal muscles again (yes, just like they gym!) If you don’t, you might find the first few weeks difficult and leave your lessons feeling tired and maybe even a little sore! Below is our basic warm up to help you!

3. Sing!

After you’ve warmed up, sing some old familiar songs to help wake your body and mind up and get in to the swing of things again.

4. Set Some Goals.

Do you want to extend your range? Perform in front of an audience? Do you want to be able to sing that one song you’ve always struggled with?  Setting goals is a great way to get back in to your singing lessons, they can be as big or as small as you like just make sure they’re attainable and you have discussed them with your singing teacher! Don’t forget to give yourself a time frame too!

5.  Don’t be too hard on yourself.

If you haven’t been singing regularly, don’t be surprised if you don’t feel you’re as strong as you were at the end of last term.  This is to be expected.  Again, it’s like taking a break from the gym, you may have lost stamina and strength which will effect your singing.  Don’t worry, with a bit of time and practice, you will be back to full voice in no time! Talk to your singing teacher about different exercises suitable for your voice.

 

I hope this helps ease back in to singing lessons and I look forward to seeing everyone return to lessons here at Rainford & Ormskirk Vocal Academy.

Katie

To book a lesson with Katie, please phone/text 07867410048 or email Katie_ellen@live.com.  For more information visit http://www.rainfordandormskirkvocalacademy.com 

Musicians, genre and the music snob.

I’m often asked what genre of music I like the best.  Its a question I find really difficult to answer because I’m a firm believer in music as a universal thing that brings people together rather than putting them in to more “boxes”.  There’s enough of that in our society, right?

I’m not saying I listen to all genres of music of course, I’m more inclined to put on a Miranda Lambert album (highly recommend her latest album “The Weight of These Wings” if you’re a fan of country!) than a heavy metal band… but I’m not ruling it out.  The worst experience of a “music snob” I’ve ever had is in a record shop in Liverpool.  So to put this story in to context, I have a small but very varied vinyl collection.  I’m talking things from musical theatre to heavy blues.  I never go out to buy vinyl but if I pass a shop, I’m probably coming out of it with lighter purse.

So , one day I went in to said shop, excited by the colourful sleeves, that record shop smell and the whole process of flicking through the shelves! Then a thought popped in to my mind about an album I wanted.  So I asked “Have you got any Sting albums?” To my surprise, the owner just laid in to my taste in music, why would I want an album by Sting? I was so shocked I couldn’t even defend myself, nor should I have to.  So in the end, I left with nothing but a bad mood and it made me wonder why anyone with that sort of attitude would want to own a record shop!

I’ve met a few music snobs in my line of work and I’ve even heard someone say that music should just be for those who are “good at it”(what?).  But why is important to be inclusive and open to all genres when it comes to singing lessons?

Well number one; I would be out of work if I discounted peoples musical preferences but mainly because by limiting yourself to one kind of music you are limiting your ability to work in the music industry and who knows? You may find your niche outside of your comfort zone!

So, give every kind of music a chance, don’t put others down for their preference in music and don’t be a music SNOB! And if your not sure if your a music snob, find out here

http://www.webdesignschoolsguide.com/library/10-signs-youre-an-insufferable-music-snob.html

Thanks for reading!

 

Katie

Singing lessons in Ormskirk and Rainford, http://www.rainfordandormskirkvocalacademy.com for more information.