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Sydney Singing Lessons Myth #8: It’s easy to be a star – Just post yourself singing in your bedroom to Youtube

I LOVED this article posted in Music Think Tank and it’s so appropriate for those of us who want to make a living out of singing.

How to Actually Make $50k per year as a Musician

I loved it because it makes good plain common sense to anyone brave enough to make a living from singing.

Sure there are always those ‘Hey! I got discovered from posting a youtube vid from singing in my bedroom now I’m loaded’ type stories but these are OUTLIERS – right at the edges of the bell curve of ‘normal’ – achievable, predictable and therefore expectable.

I like that word ‘outlier.’singing

While I was studying psychology at uni studying what I always referred to as ‘the worse university subject ever – ‘Research Methods and Statistics (ughhhh!!) I learned to label occurences that existed yet were random events that no one could predict and therefore duplicate in any result as ‘Outliers’.

So now when I see ‘teenager posting a song from their bedroom and now making a gazillion bucks and is the hot new pop star riding the charts (singer Justin Beber comes to mind here) I like to think of the word ‘outliers’ – something lying way out of the range of what could be normal and achievable.

Another though comes to mind – ‘winning the lottery’.

So, I’d argue that nobody in their right musical mind expects to ‘win’ a lottery.

Sure you buy a ticket, have a flutter – be in it to win it – that kind of thing – but to stake your life on it – or pin all your hopes on it would be a foolish career strategy.

Yet sadly this is what so many starry-eyed musicans and wanna be pop stars do. They see the outliers and they think this can be easily duplicated and therefore achievable. WRONG! WRONG AND SO WRONG!

These are outliers. Lying way out there! Unpredictable and unlikely to be ever repeated.

In my job as a coach for singing & songwriting (yes I too am a multi-stream income musician) I recommend my students have a singing and music career strategy that includes a financial plan that allows earning enough to cover all their living expenses and in particular investing in their music education and development.

Relying on trying to score an advance from record and publishing companies is another ‘outlier’.

Yes it happens – but the odds are so massive you can never rely on it being achievable.

Instead it’s a much wiser career strategy to focus on what you CAN do. What you CAN achieve as a musician – the daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly development of your music skills with solid education and coaching – to be a better singing, songwriter, actor, dancer and stage performer.

Do that and you will have much better odds at being the right kind of marketable musician that the business expects.

Zelda Sheldon, Singing Lessons Sydneysinging



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Singing Lessons Help: Find The Best Songs To Sing?

Before you get too attached to a particular song maybe it’s time for a Singing Lessons Sydney reality check.

In our singing lessons, reality checks are something we give regularly.

So you want to be singing those great songs that you hear on the radio?

But, you see not all songs are created equal – just as not all singers are created equal. Did you know that many of the songs that rise to the charts are known as ‘diva’ songs. And these Diva songs that are written for…. you guessed it …. Divas! A diva is a singer who has a wide range and a powerful voice to reach all those high notes. And while Singing Lessons Sydney will help you develop your voice, not every voice is destined to like that!

Some well known diva singers are Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Delta Goodrem, Alexandra Burke, Jordan Sparks…

One thing about these singers is they have extraordinary voices with huge ranges. That’s why they are divas! And that’s why Singing Lessons Sydney and you love them. They inspire us to sing along with them. And we do. In the shower we think we can sound “just like” them.

And now here’s where the reality check comes in…

When a student comes in for their first singing lesson one of the first things we do after giving a few vocal warm-ups is measure their range. Range is distance between the lowest notes and the highest notes a singer can sing. Singing Lessons Sydney do this for two reasons; the first reason is so that we can measure the singer’s base line so that the student and I can chart their progress as they improve.

The second reason is to give the singer the right information about their range. And this is IMPORTANT information. All the top singers know their range and which notes they can and can’t sing. And they choose songs according to their range. For example, if a singer has a range of 14 notes… they choose songs which fit into a 14-note range and Singing Lessons Sydney helps you find songs that are right for you!

We do this by showing you – the lowest note you can sing and the highest. Then we show you how to measure the range of the songs you are thinking about singing. This is simply a matter of listening to the song a few times and identifying the highest and lowest notes of the song. Here’s a Singing Lessons Sydney hint: the highest notes in pop songs are generally to be found in either the chorus or the bridge section.

The next step is finding a musical instrument such as a piano or guitar or a cool piano app on an iphone to work out what those high and low notes are. Then see if these notes are in your range. If they aren’t then you have 2 choices. You can either change the key of the song where appropriate or change the song.

You set yourself up to fail by singing songs out of your range. Selecting a song that suits your range will give you a far better chance to shine as a singer rather than singing a song that is out of your range, so let the Singing Lessons Sydney team help you find songs that will help you shine!

There are great songs out there – not just for divas, but for every vocal range. You just need to find the right song to suit your range. That’s what all the top singers do…

That’s what Singing Lessons Sydney do – And that’s what you can do too!singing lessons



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Sydney Singing Lessons Myth #7: I’m Too Old/Young To Learn To Sing?

At Sydney Singing Lessons we know that we do change as we age, but it’s also true that our singing voices don’t mature until we’re in our 30s. It’s like any muscle – the more you use it the stronger it gets. Our singing team love yoga and some of the most flexible bodies we see in our classes are in their 70s and 80s.

But here’s something interesting… Sydney Singing Lessons have students who are still in their early 20s who say they feel they have left it TOO LATE. How strange we humans are.

We have a tendency to procrastinate and shelve our most cherished dreams. Then the pressures of life take us on a path and before we know it we’re getting on in years then the saying ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ becomes our mantra.

But the latest brain research has good news for all of us. Until recently, common belief was that adult brains are ‘hard-wired’, that brain function could not be improved and worse, brain performance inevitably declines with age. That has been proved incorrect. Now with the discovery of ‘Neuro-Plasticity’, considered one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century, the truth has been uncovered: the brain can rewire itself throughout our lives. The brain forms new nerve cells and neural connections as we move, learn and experience life. And this happens regardless of age. So what does this mean for me Sydney Singing Lessons?

Here’s a secret that some of the happiest people on earth have discovered. It’s never too late to use the time you have now to do what you’ve always wanted to do. If you’ve been dreaming of singing for a few years but you fear you’ve left it too late then do yourself a favour – grab that phone and give the team at Sydney Singing Lessons a call! Treat yourself to some great vocal coaching this week!singing lessons

One things for sure…you’re not going to get any younger. So seize the day! And feel free to leave your comments below too – we love to know what you think of our Sydney Singing Lessons tips and myths!

Anne Maree Wilshire, Sydney Singing Lessons.



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Sydney Singing Lessons Myth #6: You Need A Huge Vocal Range To Be Successful?

Sydney Singing Lessons knows that every voice is different. Some people have wide ranges and some don’t. And some of the world’s top singers don’t use anywhere near a 2-octave range.

Not everyone has the same range, pitch accuracy and tonal qualities. What’s more…not everyone has a voice of 2, 3, 4+ octaves like divas Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey – in fact some of the biggest and most successful singing stars today sing songs with less than 1-octave ranges. And here at Sydney Singing Lessons we will show you how to get the best sound possible with what you have!

Take Rihanna for example. In her massive #1 hit song Umbrella she sings just a 7-NOTE range in that song. And superstar Gwen Stefani in her hit ‘The Sweet Escape’ sings this song in a mere 5-NOTE range. Both these singers are not busting out with 2 octaves PLUS… far from it. Yet they are both awesome singing artists with amazing presence and superstar careers. And some of the world’s most famous singers Sydney Singing Lessons loves like Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers have been accused of not even qualifying as even “good singers”.

So here’s the bottom line. Singing is Way More than just range. It’s also about tone, rhythm, performance, charismatic personalities and of course the songs themselves. The mega stars and their teams know this industry secret – they stick to the range where they SHINE and instead devote all their hard work on getting the best songs within that range to showcase their awesome talent. It works for them – and Sydney Singing Lessons can show you how to work for you.

So… Myth BUSTED!singing lessons

Give the team at Sydney Singing Lessons a call and discover the benefits of learning from a team of dedicated individuals who can develop your voice, your own unique sound and demonstrate great vocal technique in a way that makes sense! And feel free to leave your comments below too – we love to know what you think of our tips!



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Singing Myth #5: You Either ‘Have Talent’ Or You Don’t?

Even the world’s biggest singing superstars and musicians have had to deal with this ‘talent’ issue.

Some of the greatest singing stars Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Garth Brooks had been rejected because they were labelled at one time or another as having ‘no talent’ and here at Sydney Singing Lessons we want to make it clear that everyone can sing and everyone has talent!

Elvis Presley, the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music was told by a music teacher he had no aptitude for singing. Garth Brooks returned home after 4-days of rejection in Nashville… and the now infamous Decca Music rejection saying “the Beatles have no future in show business” is considered to be one of the biggest mistakes in music history… and Sydney Singing Lessons agrees!

So now you’re wondering if you have what it takes to sing? Maybe you’ve sung in front of others who’ve told you have no talent? Maybe you’ve been so shy and not let anyone hear your singing voice? Maybe you’ve never been encouraged?

Take Susan Boyle for instance. Since her early years, Susan dreamed of becoming a professional singer. She was rejected many, many, many times. For over 31 years Susan continued to enjoy singing in church choirs and choral societies, karaoke bars and even in hospitals to help the needy in her community. It wasn’t until she was in her 30s she started taking singing lessons from a professional vocal coach, which continued for 6 years. Then at age 47 she decided to enter X-Factor in the UK and was met with much negativity. The team at Sydney Singing Lessons remember seeing that first show on YouTube and the audience was fierce… then she opened up her mouth and an angel’s voice emerged stunning the crowd, wowing the crowd! The rest of course is history and she’s a millionaire now!

Here’s the real deal. Others could be wrong. They’ve been wrong before!

Talent is all in the eye of the beholder.

The Sydney Singing Lessons team remembers the movie Sister Act 2 and how Sister Mary Clarence (Whoopi Goldberg) is taking to Rita Watson (Lauryn Hill) about a book letters to a young poet and how a reader wrote into the author and asked I want to be a writer can you read my stuff! And Whoopi recounts the author wrote back saying “if every morning you wake up and all you can think about is writing, then you’re meant to be a writer”.

And we here at Sydney Singing Lessons agree totally and wholeheartedly with what Whoopi said next “if you wake up in the morning and all you can think about is singing… then you’re meant to be a singer!” That’s a great life lesson too! Work hard, get out there and make connections with producers, singers and publishers and you never know what might happen!

So… Myth BUSTED!singing

So give the team at Sydney Singing Lessons a call and discover the benefits of learning from a team of dedicated individuals who can explain and demonstrate great vocal technique in a way that makes sense! And feel free to leave your comments below too – we love to know what you think of our tips!



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Sydney Singing Lessons Myth #4: Breathing Correctly When Singing Is Complicated?

Actually, singing is the most natural thing for our bodies. It’s so simple a baby does it and does it correctly… Look at any small baby and you’ll see them using “singing breathing”. Their bellies rise up as they breathe in and deflate as they breathe out. And the team at Sydney Singing Lessons will show you how to go back to basics and breathe for easy singing all the time.

As you get older and go to school many children are socialised into breathing more shallowly than the body wants to breathe. Suggestions like “Keep your tummy pulled in” or demonstrating “a big breath in” by raising the shoulders and breathing into the top of the chest. These suggestions go against the way our bodies naturally work. It means we actually get less air in and we have no control over how it flows out.

Many people who have come through Sydney Singing Lessons have found their singing liberated by returning to how they breathed as a baby: breathing naturally and easily into the belly. This allows us to access incredible power and ease in our voice.

Another myth is that we need lots of air to sing a note… In fact, the less air we use on a sound the more power and tone that note will have.

When we push a lot of air through the vocal folds they can’t come together and resonate evenly and easily. At Sydney singing lessons we focus on singing more like we speak, using a more natural amount of air, rather than forcing extra air through, the vocal folds vibrate at an optimal level and the sound is relaxed, strong and sustained easily.

And once more it’s all about doing less… AGAIN!

So… Myth BUSTED!singing

You hear this term speech level singing being thrown around a lot these days, but few can actually describe what it is and explain the fundamentals behind it. That’s what we’ve just demonstrated above and we know you’ll agree it’s vitally important that your vocal coach can explain singing in easy to use language and concepts that are easily understood.

So give the team at Sydney Singing Lessons a call and discover the benefits of learning from a team of dedicated individuals who can explain and demonstrate great vocal technique in a way that makes sense! And feel free to leave your comments below too – we love to know what you think of our tips!



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Sydney Singing Lessons Myth #3: There Are Some Song Styles My Voice Just CAN’T Sing?

The team at Sydney Singing Lessons have taught many people over the years – including professional singers – who have been frustrated because they couldn’t sing certain styles or genres of songs.

They believed the myths in their mind like:
“I can only sing ballads. I’m hopeless with fast rhythmic songs”. Or the reverse…
“I can only sing loud and fast, I’m hopeless with that slow stuff”.

Each vocal style and/or genre, uses words and tone differently. Once you know the keys for each genre you can liberate you voice to sing that style with ease. But you know what? Like all things if you don’t put in the work and get the right advice like from Sydney Singing Lessons you’ll continue to NOT be able to sing that style you absolutely love!

Many singers who have been trained in a classical style find it challenging to sing contemporary material. Many people have come to us saying: “I’m so frustrated. I know I’ve got good vocal technique. My pitch is good, my tone I great, I have a big range. But when I try to sing a Beyonce song I sound fake… Why?”

This is often because in classical singing repertoire for most periods of music, the focus is mainly on the vowel sounds. The consonants are sometimes barely heard at all. So bringing this singing style into a Beyonce song just doesn’t cut it. In contemporary styles the consonants matter big time! And the team at Sydney Singing Lessons excels at this cutting edge approach to singing!

Consonants give the song punch and rhythm and can convey the emotional intention to your audience and listeners. Your ability to use the consonants effectively gives you a polished professional sound rather than that of a struggling amateur.

Rhythm is also used differently in different genres:

In a big ballad for example the rhythm often plays secondary importance to emphasizing certain words to create dramatic effect. What is most important is telling the emotional story of the song.

In jazz however, rhythm rules. The primary focus is using the rhythm to illustrate the intention and the mood of the song. How you sing the words is informed by the choices you make with the rhythm and Sydney Singing Lessons loves the jazz style and breaks it down nice and easy for their clients!

So… Myth BUSTED!singing lessons

Unlocking the secrets of each style enables to you to sing songs in any genre with Authenticity and Confidence. Letting go of the myths you carry round about your own voice, frees you to sing a diverse range of material and expand your enjoyment and confidence whatever songs you sing!

So give the team at Sydney Singing Lessons a call and learn to sing that “forbidden” style and experience the joy feeling of accomplishment that go with it! So give our team a call and feel free to leave your comments below too – we love to know what you think of our tips!



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Singing: Stopping The Strain!

Take a deep breath… Now breath out.

Now take another deep breath and HOLD! …Now breath out.

Did you notice something? Did you feel tight in the throat area?

Of course you did… and YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Now we’ve all had singing lessons where our vocal coach didn’t pick up on this (of course not at Sydney Singing Lessons)… But what I’m talking about is starting from a place of TENSION. So if you start from a place of tension… Can you imagine how much MORE tension you are putting on your vocal chords when you’re singing notes in the stratosphere incorrectly?

The point of this post is not to help you with singing the high notes without strain, but to help you re-focus what you are doing with your breathing. And here’s the Sydney Singing Lessons secret:

Inhale low, breath low into your stomach… just let it poke out. DON”T breath into your chest & throat and DON”T let your shoulders rise.

Use your POWERHOUSE…singing

Focus the pressure and the tension in your powerhouse. Your powerhouse is your 6 pack abs and your thighs – this is where your support is. This is where you want to be tense when you breathe. Let these strong muscles be your support – that’s why they are there and so many of us FORGET to use them. We just sing and don’t worry about silly little things like technique. We just sing and wonder why we end up with throat problems and nodules… and then people come to Sydney Singing Lessons and wonder what’s happened?

There is of course a whole method to doing this and that’s why you need Sydney Singing Lessons because we can set your foundations strong so you can hit those high notes with ease and really sing and dig into those low notes effortlessly.

So like all things if you set a strong foundation you make everything else a whole lot easier! And that’s what the team here at Sydney Singing Lessons are here to teach you, so grab your phone and give us a call Right NOW! And leave your comments below too – we love to know what you think of our tips!



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Sydney Singing Lessons Myth #2: Singing With Power Takes HEAPS Of Effort?

Another myth that the team at Sydney Singing Lessons hears time and time again is that singing “Powerfully” takes a lot effort.

And even worse people automatically put more and more effort in and create more and more tension in their throat as they sing louder and/or higher.

When we watch artists performing it often looks like they’re pumping out heaps of effort as they sing… but what they’re actually pumping out is energy rather than effort. The artists in the know are pumping out emotional and physical energy while keeping their voices relaxed. It only looks like their pushing their voices. And the team at Sydney Singing Lessons will help you learn how to do that same.

Because the irony is… the more effort we use when we sing, the more tightly the muscles involved grip & tighten and the less power & presence we have! As a result there’s no energy left to focus on delivering the emotional intention of the song and feeling connected with the audience.

Consider the principle we have called the “Red Wine Voice”:

Imagine a time when you’ve had a relaxing evening with friends enjoying your favourite bottle of red, cocktail or beer. Late into the evening you’re feeling sooooo relaxed that you start singing. And it sounds great! It just flows out easily and loudly.

The next day you start singing and it feels tight and stuck. No flow, no power.

What happened? (And I don’t mean a hangover). You did what you “thought” you “needed” to do. Perhaps your mind told you to tighten your neck and your jaw and push the sound out from your chest and throat.

You started trying way too hard.

The key to singing with power is learning which “vocal muscles” need no effort, or just 10% effort and which muscles you can use strongly to sing certain effects or styles. Once you learn which muscles to use strongly when you sing and how much effort is needed, the whole mechanism of your voice is transformed. And Sydney Singing Lessons is here to show you how!

There are techniques that allow you to belt out a song, create an “edgy” quality that cuts through the band/recording or use your unique vocal effects with power and ease and little effort. And these techniques are best learnt with some expert help and quality singing lessons.

So… Myth BUSTED!singing lessons

You CAN sing with power for as long as you want. And you can sing freely, easily, without heaps of effort and without your voice getting tired or hoarse.

And the team here at Sydney Singing Lessons can show you how use your voice in a powerful way, just like the starts you love! So give our team a call and feel free to leave your comments below too – we love to know what you think of our tips!



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Sydney Singing Lessons Myth #1: Some People Just Can’t Sing?

Somewhere along the line in our culture this myth was created that some people have the “gift of singing” and everyone else can only listen.

Yet in some cultures there isn’t even a word for “singer” because everyone sings.

You may have seen the quote “If you can walk you can dance. If you can speak you can sing.”

In our experience at Sydney Singing Lessons and teaching thousands of people to sing, it’s clear to us that every person can express themselves through singing if they truly desire – the only person stopping you is you!

Some people have been gifted with knowing how to sing intuitively. Just like natural athletes, they unconsciously apply the principles that make singing easy and effortless, without having and singing lessons.

Other people need coaching to undo some unconscious limiting habits and replace these with liberating strategies. There is really only a microscopic percent of people who really can’t sing because of a medical condition and for everybody else the team here at Sydney Singing Lessons is here to help.

What usually holds us back are limiting beliefs. 4 of the common beliefs are:

  • I don’t sound any good;
  • I can’t find the right note in the melody;
  • Other people will be turned off listening to my voice;
  • Memories from that day the choir teacher at school said “Everyone sing except you. It’s best if you just mime.”

If we had a dollar for every time someone has told me that story we’d be millionaires. Sadly so many people still carry around these beliefs and think that their Choir Teacher was right! We’ve never found anyone who had that experience that COULDN’T sing.

It’s just that at that time, in the choir situation, they weren’t taught in a way that worked for them. Most often in the choir situation individual attention isn’t provided especially to the herd… only to the soloists. When in reality a few singing lessons wouldn’t go astray.

In other words the muscle that causes us the most problem when we want to sing is our BRAIN.

So… Myth BUSTED!singing lessons

So let the team at Sydney Singing Lessons dispel those myths, clean out your head and show you that you too can sing and that singing lessons can be a whole lot of fun with the right coach! So give our team a call and feel free to leave your comments below too – we love to know what you think of our tips!



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