MandyKate Posted December 22, 2009 Share Posted December 22, 2009 Hi everyone, As I am new here and this is my first post, I'll begin with a little bit of background. I have been passionate about singing since I was very young and sang in my school choirs from third grade straight through to the end of high school; transitioning along the way from first soprano/descant all the way down to second alto. After finishing high school, I became part of the alto section of a semi-professional 180-voice choir which performs at least once a month. It has been a wonderful experience which has taught me a lot, but aside from that I have no formal music training, nor was I raised in a musical environment (there are no other singers or musicians in my family). The choir that I sing in performs primarily large, classical works, and between choral parts I find myself enraptured by the beauty of the soloists' performances, thinking, "If only that were me." Well, I've decided that it's high time to stop wishing and go out and try to MAKE it me. Here's the thing: I've had a few solos here and there in the past, which were executed with correct pitch and timing, but which are always vastly overshadowed by other solos in the performance. I have been told many times that my voice is sweet, and that I have very good pitch, but as far as I can see, those are the things that mark me as a good chorister; NOT a soloist. In short, I find my voice lacks any kind of character to distinguish it from anyone else. Of course, this is unsurprising, as my ONLY musical background is in choral singing, where I have been taught all along to listen, blend, and support. No matter who I sing with, people say "Wow, you guys sound great together!" Singing harmony for many years has taught me to blend my voice in perfectly and adjust to whomever I am harmonizing to. This is a BIG problem for someone wanting to branch out into solo work. (Unless, of course, I was wanting to specialize in singing babies to sleep. For the record; I don't.) So, back to my mission to become a soloist. Here is where I need advice: Ideally I would do both, but since affording both would be too much for me, which would better serve my purpose: Voice lessons or Vocal coaching? If voice lessons, how can I decide which kind of lessons would be best for me? In both cases, how do I go about finding a good teacher/coach? What kind of questions should I be asking to make sure they're really qualified? I don't mind paying more for better quality instruction, but at the same time how can I make sure that I'm getting my money's worth, since I have no standard for comparison? How much, if any amount, is TOO much to be paying? If you can offer advice on any part of this, it would be greatly appreciated, since the whole concept has me completely overwhelmed. Thanks in advance. =) Also, I apologize if this is in the wrong section. I wasn't sure whether this belonged more in here or in performance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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