Guest Posted February 24, 2012 Share Posted February 24, 2012 So I had my first lesson a couple of days ago. Actually, it was more like an evaluation for the first day. We started by the piano and she checked out my range. I didn't know what we were doing at the time so I'm a little disappointed. I think I could have gone higher if I knew what she was looking for. She was just kind of feeling me out. She seemed impressed though but I'm guessing it might be compared to clients she gets in there (?) She said that most men she gets have an average range of around 8 notes and I had 13 and she thinks I can get more. Like I said, if I knew what she was looking for when we did the exercise I think I could have done more. That didn't sound like a lot to me. She liked my singing. She told me some things I know about already. Different terminology but same idea. She had me sing a couple of songs of my choice to my favorite CD's. I did the Paul Butterfield version of Little Walters "Blues With a Feeling" and Claptons "Running on Faith." She liked it and was commenting as I was singing about things she was surprised I was doing. She mentioned I was on pitch which, when I sing, I like what I'm hearing also...until I hear it played back. Like the version of Running on Faith I posted here. On play back it sounds pitchy to me. Anyway, she said she could see my abs moving in and out like a bellows too much. She suggested I need to learn how to control the airflow and that I am running out of air at points because of the constant pumping. Thanks to a search here and an excellent post I found by FelipeCarvalho I knew she was talking about support. She also kept mentioning getting the sound "back" toward the back of my head. Well, those weren't her exact words but she got the point across and this is familiar to me. She mentioned not pushing the air. She kept mentioning the back thing. Pulling it back. She ended by again commenting my singing and she actually said she'd have no problem putting me on her stage right now! I considered that she might be just stroking me to get my business. But based on a few things, maybe not. First off she gave me an out. She asked me if I would like to continue with her. She said that if I wanted to sing karaoke and things like that I could already do well and basically didn't need her. She then said,"but" if I want to pursue this further than that or if I wanted to sing and realize where my voice could go/true potential, then she could help. She mentioned learning how to get higher notes without relying on getting louder. She also commented on working on my speech. And she mentioned starting sentences in my singing too hard. I would think that if she was just trying to reel in a student, she would have pointed out more things that I needed or bad points or try to sell me on what I need rather than saying I could walk away and survive. Or complimenting me so much. The place is 4 minutes from my house and I had a red light on the way! A funny note. She also asked if I'd be interested in working security at her shows. I tend to get that a lot. Tommy Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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