Another Reason To Take Voice Lessons

Good morning all of you beautiful singers/teachers of singing! Fall is definitely here. We slept with the windows open last night and it was one of the best night's rest I've had in a while. It was so nice to finally turn that blasted air conditioning unit off, or as we like to call it "the energy black hole"!
I have been reading an amazing book called "The Success Principles" by famed author Jack Canfield. I picked up this book after hearing an interview with Mr. Canfield on the radio as I was driving home from a gig late one night. I tend to listen to talk radio rather than music on the way home from gigs because my ears need a rest after these performances.
One of the principles of the book is about learning as much as possible about your craft. This means going to seminars, taking master classes, reading books and magazine articles and asking other's how they became masters of their craft, just to name a few.
This was a very important chapter to me because it highlighted what I already knew about about singing and that is the fact that it is a life study. One never stops learning about the voice, how it works, how to keep it healthy and how to make it last a lifetime. It truly is an instrument you can study for your entire life and never know everything about it. But you can know a lot by going deep into your study of it with qualified teachers of voice.
As I was preparing to write this post I came across an interview with a very talented ballet dancer who was discussing technique and why he still takes ballet classes everyday. I am going to change some of what he said to apply it to singing. Here is the jist of what he said:
"Voice lessons are a vital tool for a singer. Singing is a practice just like yoga, gymnastics or dance and it is something you need to exercise on a regular basis to train the voice and the mind to connect to the technique so that when you perform, you can forget about it and let it happen. So voice lessons are very important in that way".
Such great advice!
Have a wonderful day everyone. Keep singing and let your voice soar!
Jeffrey Stanfill