Are you considering singing lessons in Portland with a professional music tutor? Maybe thinking about voice lessons for adults? No matter who you work with, voice lessons should set you up to have an ideal singing voice. Our voice teachers are experienced in working with singers of many genres, and many of the elements of a good singing voice are the same for all!
11818 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Ste 403
Vancouver, WA 98684
During voice lessons at our Portland/Vancouver location, our instructors will work with you on the following elements:
Releasing body tension to improve posture and breathing
Unnecessary body tension causes fatigue and strain in the voice, and prevent your singing voice from being all that it can be. This is the first thing you will learn in voice lessons. You can expect to benefit from a better posture with increased projection, range, and stamina. We use Alexander Technique in our lessons – you can read more here.
Find and optimize your vocal range
Your vocal range includes the high and low extremes of the voice. However, this also includes the range that is most comfortable (AKA tessitura), and the different registers of your voice. Identifying these key qualities of your voice and how to negotiate them is very important when working with a music instructor. This is the most important element when choosing songs that are appropriate for your voice.
Breathing technique is very different for singing lessons than day to day life, and can take a lot of work to develop. Singers learn to breathe so that their belly and ribs expand, instead of expanding into the belly and chest. This allows the upper body to stay relaxed, while allowing the diaphragm to control your air use.
Breath support is using the diaphragm and other abdominal muscles to control how quickly you use your air, which give you more voice control. This control will allow you to sing longer phrases, higher notes, and for longer periods of time with ease.
Diction in voice lessons Portland
The way you pronounce words and sounds may have to change when singing, especially when singing in certain vocal ranges. For example, “I can’t stop” may be sang as “ah can’t stahp” when singing higher, because an “ah” sound is easier to sing when higher in your range. Our instructors can help you learn how to modify how you pronounce things for times like these.