Should I Take Vocal Lessons?

One of the daily rituals around our office is sorting through music submissions from artists looking for management. 99.9% of the emails we receive, are accompanied by links to recordings that are less than stellar. That always surprises me as it is so easy for the producer or engineer to tune the vocals with Auto-tune or Melodyne. There is no excuse for pitchy vocals on a recording. However, in live performance, most vocalists will experience pitch problems at some point in their career. Even the greatest vocalist in the world have problems from time to time.

If someone has aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player, tennis player or golfer, they know they must find a trainer who understands what it takes to make the pros. Striving to be a professional vocalist is no different. Most professional singers use a vocal coach, even after they find success, to ensure they are maximizing their vocal potential and to keep their vocal chords in shape. Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Justin Timberlake, Haley Williams, RED, Rihanna and Kelly Rowland all use vocal coaches. While great vocal coaches can be pricey, they are well worth the price you pay. One of the vocal coaches we recommend at Artist Garden Entertainment is Nashville’s own Brett Manning.

Do you have any experiences with vocal coaches that you would like to share?