I don’t have a lot of natural talent. In fact, most of the people around me say that I sing pretty poorly. Could vocal lessons help me?
Everyone, with a little bit of determination and hard work and with the aid of a good instructor can improve by taking vocal lessons. Whether your goal is to perform in front of audiences or to sing for the pure enjoyment of it, it is important that you are comfortable and safe, and that you are having fun while being challenged.
I have students who come to me from various backgrounds and with various levels of skill and potential. Some have difficulties with the very basic skills necessary for good singing, such as hearing pitch and matching the pitch of their voices to instruments or other singers. Others have great natural technique or have taken lessons before and wish to gain more advanced level skills, like control, stamina and range, or to improve their overall tone in certain parts of their range. Whatever their goals as far as singing is concerned, we work together to help reach them.
Just remember that all singers develop at different rates, so you need to give yourself adequate time to see the desired improvements. Set reasonable goals for yourself and reward yourself for the little accomplishments that you make from week to week. While natural talent does help a great deal, what is most critical to your success is how dedicated you are as a student of voice. You may never develop the calibre of talent that could make you a world-class singer, but you will improve with time and practice. Then again, you may prove to be a “diamond in the rough” who ends up surprising everyone, especially yourself, with your potential.