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dont really sing but love trying to! i am male mid20s and dont know anything at all, other than some of the basic key terms. this is just going to be a hobby for me since i find singing fun, even though i am terrible at it. i am not planning on taking it professionally at all, but just getting good enough to enjoy it even more.

i won't be looking for a coach and want to try one of those home programs that you learn on your own. several questions though:

1. is this a viable option--learning on your own and at home without a coach?

2. what program(s) should i start off with?

3. what makes a good singer and how to i improve those?

4. do i need any equipment? and what quality? (i have a PC, and a trashy headset with mic, but what else might i need?)

5. how long before results kick in?

6. any tips you would give from your experience?

thank you!! --from your president

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In my opinion TVS is probably the safest and straight-forward at home-program. If you watch Robert Lunte's videos on youtube you can see that not only does he take singing seriously... he views it as a sport.

What does that mean? It means if you train right and don't quit you WILL get better. If there are technical flaws you want to work on he also offers lessons via skype. I don't like Singing Success because of their false promises and commercialism. I'd say with 2 weeks of TVS you will see where your strength's and weaknesses are and start to gain some stability.

It would then be your job to isolate your weaknesses and destroy them. If you can't... call Robert or ask here ;)

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dont really sing but love trying to! i am male mid20s and dont know anything at all, other than some of the basic key terms. this is just going to be a hobby for me since i find singing fun, even though i am terrible at it. i am not planning on taking it professionally at all, but just getting good enough to enjoy it even more.

i won't be looking for a coach and want to try one of those home programs that you learn on your own. several questions though:

1. is this a viable option--learning on your own and at home without a coach?

2. what program(s) should i start off with?

3. what makes a good singer and how to i improve those?

4. do i need any equipment? and what quality? (i have a PC, and a trashy headset with mic, but what else might i need?)

5. how long before results kick in?

6. any tips you would give from your experience?

thank you!! --from your president

Mr. President,

I believe everyone is already impressed with your vocal chops... :D

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thanks everyone! very good value and advice here. i will take them to heart and remember them on t his journey.

i was just messing around with my voice and tried my range. at the low end its ~an E2/F2 and at the highest its A4, but it seems like i have to switch to falsetto very early. not too sure if i can tell falsetto correctly but it definitely seems to be ~A3 that the chest vibrations enters the throat and above.

what range is this, and do most people naturally just expand their range or stick to what they started off with after the lessons?

thanks

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Obama (Sir!!),

A4 is a common point for most people to max out in their 'chest voice'. It's around this point (or a couple of notes earlier) that singers need to learn how to bridge. That in itself takes a fair amount of time, but is totally doable with the right practice.

Once you get past the bridge, you'll start accessing notes in the 'head' voice, and that's pretty much another octave (WITH PRACTICE!)

Don't worry about what range this is, it really doesn't matter. Don't get into classifying your voice, not till you've spent plenty of time singing and figuring out your strength areas.

You can get hold of TVS or one of the other progs but even 3 lessons with a coach like Robert will go a LONG way helping you when you're starting out.

I live in India, and for the price of 3 lessons I can pay someone a month's salary here in New Delhi, so it's more than a little dent in the pocket!! But I saved up and went for it. Helped loads :-)

Run a search for vocal exercises on this forum, plenty of info available!

Cheers

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