The 5 Biggest Lies Gospel Singers Believe About Vocal Training

 

 

 

 

 

As you may already know, I’m first and foremost a professional vocal coach. As such, over the years I’ve heard a lot of confusion from singers about taking lessons. I thought I’d cover the most common misconceptions in today’s blog.

1. Vocal lessons are for people who can’t sing

I can understand the confusion here. Unfortunately people often suggest taking lessons as a way of insulting one’s singing ability. Truth is, while people who don’t have a natural gift can see some improvement from lessons, it’s people who can already sing who see the greatest benefits. Most people who have a natural gift for singing and have never taken lessons, are doing a lot of things that cause strain, stress and limited range in their vocal abilities. Gifted singers can see a dramatic improvement in almost every aspect of their singing by taking professional lessons.

2. I was born with the gift to sing, so I don’t need lessons

Not true! People who were born with the gift of song need to train their voices far more than people were weren’t born with the gift. Why? Simply because you’ll be singing a lot more often. Vocal lessons not only teach you how to improve almost every aspect of singing, but they also teach you how to protect your voice and use it properly so it lasts you a long time.

3. Lessons won’t teach me anything I don’t already know!

If you’ve never taken voice lessons you’d be amazed at how much you really DON’T know about your voice and how it works. Some of the most simple changes can make a huge difference in your vocal tone, control, breathing, range and vocal stamina.

4. Vocal Coaches just charge you a bunch of money and make you yell and scream for an hour.

Unfortunately I’ve heard horror stories like this, so I understand the skepticism here. Sadly, there are many people out there offering professional voice lessons who have never had any kind of training. Often there are people in church who were simply born with great vocal ability naturally. These people are often asked to give private lessons. Even though they haven’t been trained, it simply gets hard to resist the extra income.

The truth is, however, the last thing a trained vocal coach will allow you to do is scream. When you’re studying with a professionally trained vocal coach, you’ll easily sing for a full hour lesson without any strain, yelling or screaming. Learning to sing powerfully without these damaging habits is the main reason for taking professional lessons.

5. Vocal lessons are a waste of money. I can learn just as much on You Tube for free.

You Tube is a great resource for free information, and you can certainly learn a lot there. But you’re only going to get small sound-bites of information there, and they won’t apply to you or your vocal tendencies specifically. As any of my former students will attest, taking lessons is the best investment a serious vocalist can make in their voice and their ministry.

So there you go! These are the most common things I hear from people about taking voice lessons. I hope I’ve shed enough light on these common misconceptions to change your mind about investing in your ministry with some vocal training.

Listen, if you’re a serious singer vocal lessons is simply something you MUST do if you want to keep singing for a long time. Even if you’ve looked into vocal training before and found it too expensive, you can still get professional grade vocal lessons by investing in a home study program. Home study vocal training programs are much more affordable than live face-to-face lessons, but with some self discipline can be just as effective. Consistency and practice is the key! My own home study vocal training program Vocal Ministry Breakthrough is the most convenient, affordable way to get the training you need to take your ministry to the next level. Get started today!

Until next time,

Ron Cross

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to The 5 Biggest Lies Gospel Singers Believe About Vocal Training

  1. shade adeoye says:

    Vocal/singing training

  2. George says:

    Hi Ron!
    Since I’ve taken your singing lessons, I’ve learned that you know what you are talking about. I have tried and continue to practice what you taught, and I am teaching the choir that God has aloud me to lead. They are excited about learning also, Yes I have given them your e-mail address. I am always asking people in church when we pass the peace to come and join the choir, They tell me I can’t sing, I tell them that some of the people in the choir right now could not sing when they joined and you said yourself they sound great. So come and join them when your ready, they would love to have you with them. Has always Ron, Keep trusting the Lord and we all will be blessed. Thank you
    George

  3. Alyce Harris says:

    I know I’ll end up saying this in response to more than one article, but it’s so true. Just learning how to breathe correctly makes such a huge difference. And not just in my singing efforts either. Correct breathing truly informs several aspects of my life. Strange as it may seem, I have to ‘practice’ breathing correctly. I hear God talking….I need to dedicate serious effort to ‘breathing correctly” if I want it to ‘take.’ Who knew?!? Bless you Brother Ron!

  4. I love this, pls keep it up

  5. Matthian Pratt says:

    Your comments are so true. You hit the nail on the head with those.

  6. Fabulous article Ron!! Well said and sooo true! Susan

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