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Timbre is the characteristic tone quality of an instrument or voice. The six major voice ranges are soprano, mezzo soprano, alto or contralto, tenor, baritone and bass.
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What's the best learning to sing websites?

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I don't know about websites but I've heard good things about the "Voice Lessons To Go" series, and I think free online support is available through its website once you buy the CDs (which are modestly priced).

"Singing Success" by Brett Manning is apparently also effective and worth checking out, but seems a bit overpriced and gimmick-y imho.

Http://www.voiceteacher.com/ has interesting articles about vocal pedagogy once you're familiar with the basics of singing, but doesn't provide any sort of training program.

Is Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy worth the money for singing lessons?

I've tried a couple of different "online" singing courses and been very disappointed with the information provided, but what I've seen about Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy on youtube seems to be legit. I'm reluctant to spend the money unless I can really improve my singing. Does anyone have any experience with this program?

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Cheralily is right about finding someone to teach you face to face. Even Ken Tamplin says so, more or less. Here is a direct quote right off his website.

"There is only ONE way to powerfully and effectively teach you how to sing, and that is to physically SHOW you how to do it, rather than just TELL you!"

The problem with just watching a DVD, is that you still have no idea if you are really doing what they are showing you–or just think you are. I've had voice teachers walk over to me and physically adjust my posture, or correct my jaw alignment or something. It's extremely difficult to hear yourself accurately when you sing and when you are new to singing, it might be impossible to really know what to listen for in the first place.

Not all voice teachers/coaches will necessarily check you for the size of your larynx (maybe they did and I didn't know), but they do need to know a great deal about the physical aspects of singing and how to go about it in a way that is safe, natural, and beautiful!

You pay voice teachers for their knowledge of how the human voice works, and how to get it to work better. Every singer is different with individual strengths and weaknesses. At this point, you may not have any clue what those strengths and weaknesses are. Amateur singers think that to sing really well you need to be able to hit high notes. Well your high notes may not be the same as someone else's because your voice is different. If you go into a self-directed program you may end up damaging your voice because you have some preconceived notions of what good singing is–that might not be true for you–or anyone else.

Plus the DVD course is NOT cheap–over $300! Plus I didn't even check into the prices for bonus DVDs.

What might work is lessons by webcam or Skype so that the teacher and pupil can see one another and Tamblin offers this. However, this is also incredibly expensive for what it is. ONE lesson via webcam (and you have to pay extra to record your lessons for future referrals) is $190.

Voice lessons do vary a lot as far as price and scheduling and where you live, but I strongly suggest you look into what actual lessons with a person costs in your area! It's best to check out the fees of several coaches or teachers to get an idea of the typical range. You probably want to eliminate anyone who charges way too little, or way too much compared to other teachers with similar credentials. Most fees should be within 2-digit figures.

As far as credentials, make sure your teacher has an actual music degree from a recognized university or conservatory that specifically relates to vocal performance, or vocal pedagogy.

Here are a couple of organizations you can look at to see if there are any teachers in your area.
Not all voice teachers or coaches belong to these organizations, but the organizations do have strict standards and criteria to meet in order to belong.

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Music Teachers National Association

Here are some tips that you will help you decide how to pick the right teacher for you. I realize these are websites that also offer singing programs, but I'm still recommending you try your best to find someone local that can teach you–or least find someone more affordable!

I didn't read through all of Tamblin's claims–he's probably quite legit. Keep in mind that if you can't even sing carry a tune, you are going to need more help than a naturally good singer who wants to improve.


Does anyone know where i can get free online singing lessons?

My friends and i are trying to start a band and im supossed to be the lead singer and ive really never sang before. My dad doesnt have money to put me reall singing lessons, my friends say i have alot of tallent and just need to work on developing it, please if anyone knows where i can get some free online singing lessons, all help greatly appreichated. (sorry im not a good speller)

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The key to singing lessons is to teach you the basic techniques of singing, including warm ups. This much you can find either here on YA, or google searches for various sites. You can also buy CD's and such for this

Once you get past this, usually first lesson, you need the immediate feed back that only a face to face lesson can give you. After warm ups, learning to breath etc. How can you expect to improve without that immediate feed back from a teacher. You can do some of this by listening to a recording of yourself, but if you do not have the tools to correct the problems, then, what's the point. You'll run into the same thing with free lessons, regardless of whether they are online or on a CD.

If you cannot afford lessons, the next best thing is getting into a chorus, either at school, church or community. If you can carry any kind of tune, you can usually get into a chorus or choir. Here you will learn by others helping, listening to those around you, and most important, following your director.

If you are fortunate enough to live in a community with a good music college. Go online to that college and find out if they offer a course for "Vocal Pedagogy" (vocal teaching) this course teaches people how to be voice teachers. By contacting the head of the Department, offer yourself as a student for a student. I have been able to complete two semesters of work with a student working on her voice teaching credentials, and it has not cost me anything. Basically, you become the student's student.

I commend you for wanting to get better and for wanting to do what it takes to get better, but in this case, you will certainly get what you pay for. Those of us here on YA can only help so much, and being online can only go so far. Your school program is far and away the best way to get what you need for free.

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