THERE ARE TONS OF FREE TUTORIALS ONLINE, BY ALL TYPE OF GURU VOCAL COACHES.
SO, WHAT ADDED VALUE COULD A LIVE VOICE LESSON BRING?
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- Youtube tutorials are mainly windows where teachers showcase their own vocal skills, to entice viewers to take voice lessons with them or, more likely, to buy their expensive digital courses.
Some of them use their "students" to show how good they can sing BUT have you ever listened to them BEFORE taking lessons? Most of the time, those students are already very well trained before meeting the coach at hand, they´ve been singing for several years, very likely they were very talented since they were kids, but the videos suggest that their ability, their whole technique, is the result of some sort of magical quick lecture. It´s not that hard to give tips to people already very good in doing something, is it? Teaching to beginners is definetly another kind of job and a different level of responsibility.
- Youtube teachers mostly use big words but eventually they can give you just a few general tips. Why? Because their videos address literally to everyone watching. But each voice is different from the other, and even if there are common issues to handle, the reasons behind those issues could be utterly different from singer to singer. I.E. not hitting high notes, could be due either to an improper breathing management, or an excessive airflow, as well as to a poor posture or hypertonicity (maybe the most frequent cause and the most underrated by students). The final effect, the "problem" to be solved, is thus similar for many singers, whereas the cause varies from case to case; a spot-on advice for someone, could be harmful for someone else. A real vocal coach is important especially to assess YOUR characteristics and preparing a precise and concrete path for YOU, on strenghts and weaknesses of YOUR voice.
- Like it happens for every discipline where our body is involved, you need someone to observe what you're doing and immediatly give you a feed back during every excercise. Without an expert listening to you during your vocal training, you could end up not only with bad and counterproductive vocal habits, hard to get rid of, but also with your vocal folds compromised.