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On Friday night I made the decision to quit taking lessons with my particular vocal teacher. She was very nice and a very good singer, but I felt like I was paying $20 a week to just hang out and sing for half an hour. Very little direction or advice or instruction was given, which kept frustrating me as I felt I could do all of that on my own.

Each time I’d get frustrated I would try to push the lessons more in that direction, which would help temporarily and then kind of peter out. I felt like I was way more concerned with goals than my teacher was.

So I decided to quit, which is a drag and makes this my second somewhat failed attempt at getting a vocal coach.

I’m going to continue on with the scales I was taught beceause I did feel that practicing them was improving my voice. I did confirm that I was breathing properly, which was something that concerned me. So it wasn’t all a loss.

Probably when I work up the nerve and vocal angst again I’ll go and look for another teacher. La di da.

Posted on - April 28, 2003 [at] 5:08 pm by Brad
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Ben on Quitting Singing Lessons
June 27, 2004 at 2:16 pm

Hey there brad,

i’m in the same situation. go to a singing school that taught me to use ‘belly breathing’ which made my singing feel restricted. I read somewhere that singers are supposed to like, eat a diet of raw vegies and avoid ALL the sweet, fatty, foods – so stuff that.

my teacher was lovely, but i too felt like the cost $35 dollars a half hour! (I know! expensive!) and the pressure wasn’t worth a record deal.

and theres no guarantee any of us will get one either!

so i decided to focus on my course, getting my license so i can travel to the beach in summer and sunbake and eat KFC and enjoy my life WITHOUT singing scales every morning and night on a raw vegy diet, confused by placement, support, breathing and tone!

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