• Initial Diagnosis Of An Aspiring Vocalist

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    You arrived on this page because you want to know the initial diagnosis of an aspiring vocalist.

    Are you surprised that I am using a medical term? Well, it is a term that can be applied in other professions. A diagnosis is carried out to make findings concerning a problem. If you want to cook food you have to sit down and plan.

    Sometimes you might even ask those that have experimented on it so that you will not make mistakes. If you are an aspiring vocalist, there are certain tests that you need to go through for a vocal coach to know what best to use in developing your voice. I call it ‘initial diagnosis.’

    Before you decide to train your voice to become a vocalist, you probably have identified that field as your strength, but at the same time you know that there is still a lot to learn. You might even be experiencing certain difficulties that you want to fix permanently.

    “What Is Initial Diagnosis?”

    Initial diagnosis is like a counseling session, in which a vocal coach engages you in an inquiry to discover your difficulties, strengths, and weaknesses, and to develop a lesson plan tailored to fix them. You will hear questions like:

    • Why do you want to train your voice?
    • Do you have any singing experience?
    • For how long have you been singing?
    • What are the difficulties you are experiencing?
    • For how long are you willing to commit to training your voice?
    • Do you have a singing career ambition, or do you want to train your voice for fun?

    The discussion will help to develop a career plan for you, draw up specific ways of fixing your vocal errors and difficulties in order to achieve your reason for training your voice. So, let us analyze these questions one after the other.

    “Why Do You Want To Train Your Voice?”

    Most times, we hear a lot of people say things like ‘because I want to sing better,’ but that doesn’t specify any reason in particular. You need to state specific goals like:

    • I want to sing with a clear voice.
    • I want to be audible and possess clarity of voice.
    • I want to sing high and low notes or pitch, freely.
    • I want to lead a song very well.
    • I want to back up a soloist.

    By the time you address these questions, you will know exactly how to measure your progress as a voice student.

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    “For How Long Have You Been Singing?”

    This does not prove so much because you could have been singing the same kind of song, making the same kind of mistakes, restricted to the same kind of idea, for years. You will need to know the yardstick for measuring growth and improvement as a vocalist.

    “What Are The Difficulties You Have Experienced?”

    Respond to this question by revealing all your fears, challenges, singing difficulties. Do not make comments like ‘I cannot sing well.’ You cannot just say you don’t know how to sing well, no, you can say:

    • I can’t sing on a high or low pitch,
    • I feel pain in my throat when I sing with a very loud voice,
    • I am not able to hit the note I want,
    • I cannot sing on all keys,
    • I don’t sing on timing

    When you write down these issues, it makes it easier to solve them.

    “Do You Have A Singing Career Ambition, Or You Just Want To Train Your Voice For Fun?”

    If you choose to have a music career, you will have to draw up a plan with the help of a vocal coach or music business specialist. For a singing career, you need exposure to help you consider different vocal careers in order to choose the one that suits you because that is where you will thrive.

    Final Words

    Your career planning will include monthly, annual, and even biennial targets. To faithfully execute the plan, you need to develop discipline, with a daily vocal habit. When you make these findings earlier on, you will have a solid foundation to set in motion, daily processes which will gradually, but surely, culminate into a successful musical life and career.

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    Hello, I'm Chuku Onyemachi (aka - "Dr. Pokey") - a musicologist, pianist, author, clinician and Nigerian. Inspired by my role model Jermaine Griggs, I started teaching musicians in my neighborhood in April 2005. Today, I'm privileged to work as a music consultant and content creator with HearandPlay Music Group sharing my wealth of knowledge with thousands of musicians across the world.


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