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The Voice - Not the TV Show (Probably Part One of Many)

March 9, 2013

For starters, hello and thank you to my new followers!

I’ve started taking vocal lessons.  It’s something I should have done years ago, but I didn’t.  Oh well.  I’m doing it now and that’s all that matters.

My relationship with my voice is probably pretty typical.  I don’t love it, I don’t hate it, I think I sound like a 12 year old when I hear myself back.  I also talk pretty (very) fast.  I was never compelled to sing like I was to play guitar.  There were a couple of brief periods where I thought I wanted to sing, but I really didn’t.  Now I want to.  I need to.  And I need to want to.  And I do.  Believe me, I do.

I emailed a teacher asking if I could study with her, but she’s on sabbatical until the fall so that’s not happening.  But she wrote me the most inspiring and flattering email ever encouraging me to sing.  She also mentioned she doesn’t teach outside of Berklee anymore, but she would have taken me on as a student because I really intrigued her.  It was really sweet.

So I sought out a friend of mine (he sings, writes, and plays guitar in the Naked Stills - his name is Rocco) to help me develop my voice.  He is an incredible singer and he really understands how the voice works.  I’ve only had one lesson so far, but I really enjoyed it.  It’s gonna be a lot of work, but that’s okay.  It’s more than okay.  I have embraced the grind.  I embraced it long ago with guitar and writing.  Why should singing be different?

If anyone has any tips on singing, I’m all ears.  And let me know if you’re gonna be at SXSW!