Singing Lessons Los Angeles FAQ

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Singing Lessons Los Angeles:

What To Expect

If we decide to work together, you can expect to get a voice which people really like, and which will never feel tired or sore. You will NEVER lose your voice through singing.

You can expect the highest level of professionalism and care. I will be watching every tiny development in your voice and deciding the next step based on which improvements happen first.

You will NEVER have to worry about your voice when you have singing lessons Los Angeles – I will be doing that for you. All you have to do is your practice, and ENJOY yourself and your new voice.

What is the length of a Singing Lessons Los Angeles lesson?

Lessons are one hour long. Any more is too much, because, unlike a musical instrument, your body changes constantly while you sing, and when your body gets a little tired, that’s when vocal wear and tear starts. We certainly want to avoid that.

Any less than an hour is too little, as it takes about an hour for all the body systems which have to co-operate with each other to connect properly.

What can I expect on my first lesson?

A typical first lesson goes like this:

During your free Singing Lessons Los Angeles consultation, I will make a lot of observations about how your body and voice are working together. If we decide after that consultation to work together, I will point out quite a few things to you about what you are doing when you sing.

Based on my previous observations, and how you sing your exercises at your first lesson, I will prioritise the order in which you need to be shown new and correct ways to sing.

For example, breathing is a major cause of vocal difficulties, and if it appears to me that you are having breathing “issues”, I will consider it a high priority to deal with that first, so as to avoid any vocal stress during your week of practice.

Everyone has a unique set of different needs, and in your first lesson, I will work out where you have the most immediate need of attention, and guide you to finding a better and safer way of singing.

What To Wear For Your Singing Lessons Los Angeles

Comfortable clothing is fine for singing lessons. Quite a few people take the time and effort to dress up a little because they are walking into a very prestigious location, where there are film and TV producers, casting agents, and all sorts of top level industry people.

So, they like to be prepared in case they meet someone important. Let’s face it, Harrison Ford was discovered right outside my studio door!

Footwear presents a certain issue. Singing requires you to connect very firmly with the floor and track shoes make that a little more difficult because they are very spongy.

You might want to wear harder shoes or take your shoes off at your lesson. The highest shoes that should be worn for singing are court or character shoes – which have around a 2 inch heel; but even those can throw your balance forward enough to put your body geometry out of alignment.

Certainly, as a professional performer, you might have to wear anything thing and move around a lot, but for training, it’s best to give yourself the best chance of getting it right quickly.

How To Prepare For Your Voice Lesson

The best way to prepare for your singing lesson is simply to talk to people naturally throughout the day. Your voice will be working by the time you arrive for your lesson.

If your lesson is early in the day and you live in a quiet neighbourhood, you can just start counting aloud and keep doing it for 15 or 20 minutes. Change the pitch of your counting from high to low as you proceed – and make some fun sounds while you’re doing it.

Once you have been given the professional singers’ scales, you will be up to singing through them once or twice before your lesson. That will start to turn on your “singing brain”. It’s kind of like doing stretches before a running race.

Have something quite substantial to eat about an hour or hour and a half before your lesson.

What should I bring to my singing lesson?

Pen/pencil

Solid notebook (must be solid because it needs to last for a long time)

Your scales

Your sheet music

Your backing tracks in the form of audio CDs.

Bottle of water (optional – we have water on The Lot!)

A snack bar – e.g. granola bar, in case you run out of fuel half way.

How Often Should I Have Lessons?

The real problem in learning to sing is the information attrition rate. You lose your new skills very quickly once you stop singing. The best recommendation is to take one lesson each week for beginners and mid-range singers.

I will give you a lot of new information each lesson, and I consider it successful if you manage to remember to do about 10% of the new things at your next lesson. If you do any better, that’s great!

If you want to become a really fantastic singer, you must make a commitment to your voice, and that starts with a regular lesson once a week.

Once every two weeks?

Well, coming once each week adds up like this. You come to your lesson and receive guidance and new skills and techniques for one hour. For the next 167 hours, you’re on your own.

That sounds like it might be difficult, right? It is; but at least it’s doable.

But if you can only come once every two weeks, then you take you one hour lesson, and you’ve got 335 hours on your own.

Once a month lessons?

That’s no kind of commitment at all, and you don’t want to be a singer. End of story.

If money is truly a problem, tell me. Things are not so rosy in the economy at the moment, and I understand you might not have very much spare to spend on regular weekly lessons.

If I think you’re going to be a superstar, I would rather you come each weak at a reduced rate, than only come once every two weeks. The information loss is too severe to make it worth the effort.

What’s the ideal spacing between lessons?

If you have the money to invest in your future career in singing, then my best recommendation is to take two lessons each week separated by 3 days, e.g., Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday. That really cuts down the loss rate by a great deal.

What styles of music do you teach?

Well, a lot of music has changed, but the human body has not. So, the old techniques of breathing and support for example still apply, regardless of what style of music you sing.

I also train you in presentation; show you how to stand; how to walk; what to do with your hands; how to audition and a whole lot of other stuff which you wouldn’t even think you had to know.

If you’re lacking confidence, that’s understandable, because if you’ve been singing and you never took any training, that is only logical. Once you get into your lessons and you start to really understand what you’re doing, you will naturally be more confident in your performance than you would be if you were just guessing. That only makes sense.

Training Method

I train you in the ways of the Old Italian School of Singing. Basically, singing was invented by the Italians and the French, and they get it right best. Plus, they have been taking notes about how to sing for many centuries.

Voice Lessons for Actors

Actors are professional voice users as much as singers are.

Of course they need a very well developed skills set to do their work. They also need a few different skills from singers because their work environment is often quite different from that of singers.

Unfortunately, a lot of actors neglect this part of their craft – the voice. And the unfortunate result of that is that many of them often suffer high levels of vocal fatigue.

Actors I train have no vocal problems – ever.

Accents

Although this is strictly speaking not my area, I have helped a few actors with their work on the Australian accent – no surprise there! As a classical performer, I can also help you with your Shakespearean accent.

It is very particular, and very closely resembles the sounds of classical singing.

Recording

I have spent a great deal of time in the recording environment, be it live or in studio. Yes, there are lots of different skills you need to record.

If you are aiming at being a successful recording artist, I can certainly show you exactly what you need to know to work successfully in recording.

Singing Lessons Los Angeles

I hope to hear from you soon, and look forward to starting your training.

– John Davies

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