Considering a career in vocal performance? Then you need a coach that is
just a fact. Don't put of this decision till later. It is something that you
need to do today.
While there may be a few musicians, singers, performers that are self
taught. This rarely happens. In the ultra competitive field, not to mention
highly lucrative field such as music, don't fool yourself. If you Google the top
performs, or even watch any awards presentations such as the Grammys or BET
Awards, all of them give credit to their instructors.
Now some people will say they don't need a coach because they are already
performing. They might say that a coach is for someone who is just getting
started. That is only part of the story. If you ever watch American Idol, some
of the episodes show them working with the big time vocal coaches. You need an
edge to stay ahead of your competition.
Besides do you know for a fact that you are not doing anything that is
damaging your throat? If you can't say that for a fact, consider what might
happen if you permanently damage you vocal cords. Career then goes bye-bye.
Locating a good coach is a different story. Many "singing instructors"
aren't good. They claim they can make you a start. While a few can, those that
promise the world are selling you a dream, not giving you reality. Ask for
students they have trained. Ask those students how the experience was.
Also you should find singers or vocalists in your area that you admire.
Ask if they know anyone that they recommend.
One thing to note, when finding a good vocal coach or singing instructor
is looking for some one you relate well with. It is a student and teacher
relationship. Because you will be working with them on a regular basis, it is
important to feel that you can relate well with them.
In the beginning, don't be surprised if you spend more time working on
breathing and speaking. Learning how to control your voice and how to use it
well are part of the course.
So, if you want to make a great career as a singer, spend some time, look
around and find a great singing coach.