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I have a dilemna.<br><br>
I can't sing...<br><br>
At all...<br><br>
No big deal, right? Well, that's what I've thought my whole life, but the more I get involved in acting, the more I want to be able to hold a tune, just in case, you know? Plus, most school plays, or any plays, are musicals, and a person who can sing is obviously going to get the lead role, versus someone who would have to lip synch...<br><br>
Grrr, plus I just really have this desire to sing lately (gah...been watching the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast...). I've always loved to sing, but most people have never even heard me hum because I am so self-conscious about my terrible singing. My question:<br><br>
Can vocal lessons help? I mean, I know I'm never going to sell millions of copies of an album or anything, but will I be able to hold a tune if I get singing lessons? I just need to know if it is worth it to invest in singing lessons...Please help!!!
 

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Worked for a friend of mine who was in the exact same predicament - great actor in high school but the worst singer! He took singing lessons and went on to a degree in music and a semi professional music career - sometimes singing.
 

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I say lessons are worth a try. I had a friend who loved to sing and dance but was terrible at it. Some lessons helped her and she was able to make a go of it.
 

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As long as you aren't completely tone deaf you should do well with lessons.<br><br><br><br>
I have been singing since I can remember. I have been in tons of different chiors and groups over the years. One thing I do know is that the singer I am today is not the one I was when I was 12 years old. I have always been told I have a "good voice" but if you compared a tape of me at 12 and 23 you wouldn't be able to tell it was the same person.<br><br><br><br>
The point being, practice and lessons really do help. Singing uses a lot of muscles and the more you practice the stronger you get and the better you can become.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not saying that you will be a famous singer, and as you said before this isn't what you are going for. I think you'll find that you can improve your singing abilities if you go to lessons and really try and learn from them. There is a lot more to singing than just opening your mouth and letting sounds come out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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just make sure you find the right vocal coach! while i've never taken lessons, just being in the music business for so many years i know that there are so many people out there who *think* they are this & that but are full of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:"> get referrals, see if you can get a free first lesson. also, don't feel obligated to stay with anyone who you don't feel is working for you (and don't get discouraged!) because there are so many coaches out there and i'm sure everyone's going to have somewhat of a different approach, technique, etc.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: there is a great book out there by roger love called "set your voice free" that comes along with a practice disc. it is for singers, speakers, etc. and may very well even help you out as an actor!
 

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I think just about anyone can learn to sing. You might not win a grammy but you should be able to carry a tune with practice. Lessons will help, especially if you don't know anything about music (as in play an instrument, read music, etc.) Practice is the big thing. Practice singing every chance you get. Sing in the shower, sing in the car, sing anytime you're alone. If you can, it's also helpful to sing with other people (it's much less scary than singing alone).
 

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Absolutely with the voice lessons! I agree with the others! Voice lessons will teach you the basics of singing (breath control, pitch, etc) and will help you find where your singing abilities are at. You will learn what you can do with your voice (and what you can't do).<br><br><br><br>
As my mother has said "how will you know what you can do if you never try?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks everyone for your replies! They convinced me to find a place to take lessons...now I just have to convince my mom, she won't get why I want to take them and she thinks I'm a hopeless case... ::sigh:: I already spent all my money on acting, so...yeah... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sweatdrop.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sweat:">
 

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If you are near a university I would recommend looking there first for a community music school. They're relatively cheap, and the instructors tend to be reasonably qualified.
 

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Yes. lessons will force you to practice or at least participate... and thats how you become better at anything in life. PRACTICE.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thinking I will not sell a bunch of records cuz I suck closes your opportunities off.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
If you think that you can sing well, you WILL sing well. Just practice.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Do re me fa so la ti do and backwards<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Sing your heart out =)
 

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"Practice is the big thing. Practice singing every chance you get. Sing in the<br><br>
shower, sing in the car, sing anytime you're alone."<br><br><br><br>
Yup.<br><br><br><br>
Here is your first lesson: learn the definition of an interval, then learn to recognize, and imitate, intervals, by name, and by sound. There is lots of info on the net regarding what an interval is, and simple programs to play 2 pitches, together, or in sequence, so you can hear what the interval sounds like.
 

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adding to nigel's post, if you live near a university, check out the people studying... i'm a music grad, and students studying LOVE to get students. they would teach you for a good rate.<br><br><br><br>
and, yes, anyone can learn. we HAD to study singing in university. we all learned. regardless if our voices SOUND great, everyone knew how to sing on tune after a month or two, and then progressed through the four year degree.
 

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Thanks everyone, I'm all signed up! Amazing, my mom was all supportive, who woulda thought? lol, anyway, I signed up at a nearby college for a great rate, but I unfortunately cannot make it to the first or last class...at all....so that reallly really REALLY stinks, cause they don't give make-ups...but if I talk to the teacher she might give me a make up or private classes at a reasonable fee.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 
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