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Develop Your Voice                

Written by Paul D. Race for SchoolOfTheRock.comô


You may be a sixteen-year-old with a great voice for a sixteen-year-old.  That’s a trap.  If you don’t continuously develop your singing, in ten years you’ll be a twenty-six-year-old with a great voice for a sixteen-year-old, competing with the next generation of sixteen-year-olds with great voices.  I have several very talented friends right now, people who sing better than me, who are surrounded by people who claim they’re as good as they need to be.  They’re not.

Or you may think that since you’re a world-class guitar player or you’re in the best band in the world, your voice isn’t important.  But bands come and go, and a lot of great former lead players I know are doing solo acoustic acts now and wishing they’d really, really learned to sing when they had a chance. 

I never worked on my voice when I was young enough for it to really do me some good, because I was always in bands with great lead singers.  But I was also in bands with some world-class flakes, and the result is that I have now been my own lead-singer, accompanist, chief songwriter, arranger, booking agent, and so for most of my life.  And it would have done me a world of good over the years if I’d taken my voice seriously when I had a chance.

If you’re still in high school and you have a good choir teacher, learn everything you can from her or him. If you’re out of high school and can track down someone who can coach you in the vocal style you want to present.  By the way, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that learning to sing classical music will ruin you for Rock and Roll or Country.  Just don’t take lessons from a teacher who loves the Baroque era (pre-vibrato).



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God bless,



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