How to Get the Most Out of Pop Singing Lessons

Learn how to get the most out of pop singing lessons from vocal coach Cari Cole in this Howcast singing tutorial.

Hi I’m Cari Cole. I’m a celebrity vocal coach and artist development expert. And I help artist find their voice, craft their music, and create successful music careers. I’ve worked with Donald Fagen from Steely Dan, Courtney Love from Hole, I’ve worked with the band Journey. I’m going to teach you how to be a better singer and performer. So I’m going to talk a little bit about how to get the most out of pop vocal singing lessons. The most important thing for singers is structure – I know it was for me when I was training and I know it is for a lot of singers and artists that I work for in my programs. I just recently sent out an email – I have 35 people in my programs every year – and I felt that they could be doing better. I sent out an email saying, "You know, I know you send me every Sunday your practice log, but I want you to know something. I want you to know that I only have 35 people in the whole world to work with, and if you’re not going to be up to snuff, if you’re not going to be vocalising 4-5 times a week on a regular basis, then maybe this isn’t the best program for you to be doing." It was one of those moments where I was like, "I need to get across the importance of the structure," – that’s where the results come from. What they’re wanting is in the practical daily application. It’s very simple, really. And all they have to do is do it, and their voices are going to be flying and their songwriting is going to be outstanding and I have this whole list of things they need to do every day that doesn’t take a kajillion hours. It’s doable over a couple of hours, but it’s a structure. I’ve found over the last couple of years that the more structure I give my artists, the better results they get. So my first recommendation to you is follow the structure and establish it. Set a time when you’re going to practice. It doesn’t have to be the same time every day, but make a structure to it so you get the work done. These are how results happen. Most peple talk about, whether it’s in sports training, whether it’s in music training, dance training, golf, what have you – any athletic physical activity that you have to be good at – they talk about those 10,000 hours. And you’ve got to get on your way to those 10,000 hours to really be able to fly at your craft. So structure’s really important, and if your teacher’s telling you to practice four, five, six times a week, do it! This is the way that you get good at it. Being a great singer is really about an inner and an outter type of game. It really takes your full attention on an inside level to be able to apply some of the more tangible techniques, but it’s important to take what you do very seriously, and structure’s a great way to get going on that road. So these are some of the ways that you can get the most out of your vocal lessons.