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Finding The Right Coach

This week we’re looking at vocal coaching, and how to find the right teacher for you.

As singers, we all need a little help from time to time, and luckily there are a plethora of great recourses out there to help us. From interactive CD’s and DVD’s to books and publications, such as Voice Council’s / TC-Helicon’s own ‘Ultimate Guide To Singing’. However, sometimes what we really need is some one on one time with a great vocal coach, but how do we go about choosing who we work with? Is it personality, is it experience, perhaps it’s testimonials from other singers? This week at Voice Council we’d like to hear your thoughts on this.

So the question is: As singers, we all need a little help from time to time. What attributes do you look for in a vocal coach?

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Great Comments from last week:

Last week Craig asked: Is there really such a thing as the X-Factor or Star Quality? If so, how do we realize it in our own performances?

Brad Weston wrote…

At the lower end of the “muso” scale, I host karaoke and have to agree there is an “x-factor”, a natural ability. There are those golden moments I love where a petite, shy, wall-flower will step up to the mike and suddenly shine. When heads turn, conversation in the room stops and at the end of the performance the applause is loud and spontaneous as opposed to just “sporting”. As far as recognizing it in one’s own performance? All singers have tunes in the repertoire that stir “something, both in the performer and the audience, I offer that as “the X-Factor”

Lisa Marie Shanley commented…

“When it’s effortless and you no longer have nerves. Confidence but not cockiness”.

Katherine Levi responded…

“You can’t teach it; it comes naturally when a performer encompasses feeling, vocals and stage performance. You don’t have to be the best singer though, saw Burt Bacharach and he was mesmerising even though technically he wasn’t the best singer”.

Brent Stuart wrote…

“Confident presentation is the key – and you can learn this skill. There are teachers out there showing people how to use the mic, stage, etc. That is why you see singers skipping on stage all the time – it looks better than walking”

Thanks again for all your comments. It seems the ‘X-factor’ means different things to different people. For some it’s the voice, for other its stage presence. However, what we can agree on is it’s something special, something organic, and overall something we feel.