Becoming a Pop Star Guide
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Your Singing Voice
The first thing to remember here is that you don’t have to have to be a Patti Labelle or a Mariah Carey in order to have a career as a singer. Those two have an enormous vocal range and dead-on technical ability, but there are also people like Madonna and Janet Jackson, who don’t have the same technical ability or range but have had long and successful careers. The important thing is not to measure yourself in terms of other people, but to make the best of the abilities that you have.
The best way to improve your singing voice is to take voice lessons from a vocal coach. There is a science to singing and techniques that have been developed using that science — things like methods of proper breathing, placement of your voice, hearing and pitch, how to extend your range, and how to keep from damaging your vocal cords. A good vocal coach puts these techniques into action to help you get the most from your singing voice.
When to Get a Vocal Coach
Since it’s likely that your record company will pay to have you work with a vocal coach once you’ve been signed, making the decision to invest in vocal coaching now depends on a couple factors.
The first factor to consider is whether or not your voice is capable of handling the demands of your type of music. There is a big difference between the vocal requirements for a gospel singer and the vocal requirements for a rapper.
If you’re having difficulty meeting the vocal demands for your style of music, you should invest in some voice lessons. Other good reasons to take voice lessons now:
- You have serious problems with your pitch (singing flat or sharp often)
- You have an extremely limited range
- You notice that your voice gets fatigued quickly (signs of vocal fatigue: your voice cracks, your throat feels strained, your natural vocal range diminishes, you get hoarse)
Tone-deafness is an inability to accurately reproduce a note of music. People who are tone deaf always sing off-key, no matter how hard they try. Tone deafness is not very common; what is common is a tendency for singers to go a bit flat or sharp sometimes (instead of all the time). A vocal teacher can tell you if you are actually clinically tone-deaf. Most likely you are not and simply need to work on improving your hearing and pitch. Voice lessons can help tremendously – part of the process is learning how to hear and reproduce notes accurately with your voice.
- You think you are tone-deaf
How to Find a Vocal Coach
The best way to find a good vocal coach is through word-of-mouth within the music community. Other singers are the best sources for reliable information on who’s good. Talk to singers active in your local scene, call universities with music programs and music instruction schools in your area, contact music industry organizations, check with choir members from your local churches.
The top vocal coaches in the music business can be expensive ($100/hour and up), but it is possible to find reasonably priced voice lessons – music instruction schools and lesser-known private instructors are your best bet.
One important thing to remember about voice lessons and vocal coaches: there are quite a few different methods and techniques that can be used for voice training. The method used depends on the teacher. To get the most bang for your buck, monitor yourself closely. Is your voice getting stronger? Is your vocal range getting wider? Are you getting better at consistently singing on key? If several months go by and you aren’t seeing any improvement in your problem areas, you may need to switch teachers.
The above is only a small sample of the valuable information in the FabJob Guide to Become a Pop Star. The complete guide has links to vocal coaches who have worked with stars ranging from Mariah Carey to Aerosmith and the Goo Goo Dolls, plus detailed information on how to get a recording contract and become a pop star.
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