CAN REALLY EVERYONE LEARN TO SING?
Yes, everyone can learn to sing. If someone doesn't have the 'musical ear', as they say, then he simply first learns how to listen to himself and moves forward. At Singing Is Fun, it is a part of the coaching that we train our ears.
Maybe when you were a child, someone told you that you should not be singing that you don't have what it takes. So you didn't sing but suddenly you feel like you really want to! If you have this or similar sort of mental block, it's ok. All it takes is making that decision to work on yourself. It's never too late. A lot of successful singers from abroad and here have been told the same thing: 'Don't even try, you are really bad.' But then they proved how wrong these naysayers were. Look at Shakira's story if you don't believe us.
Find the video HERE.
It just takes work. Clean tones and intonation can be taught, it's just about the ear. Your range can be expanded and voice strength is just about muscle control, training your vocal cords and diaphragm. Even the color of your voice can be developed and changed.
It all depends on the student though - on you. How hard he's willing to work on himself, how much he's going to give it. The coach is here to guide you, to employ his skills help you find the best ways of improvement for you but he cannot do the work for you.
Not everyone will sing like Mariah Carrey, Whitney Houston or Bruno Mars. But you can be yourself.
WHY START WITH INDIVIDUAL COACHING?
When you first start getting to know your voice, it is necessary to hear and perceive only yourself at that very moment. Very often, we see students who practice with YouTube videos or they buy some training materials online. These aids, however, are usually not enough. When a student who doesn't have the core principles down and is not guided in line with them, when he has no opportunity to get feedback, he may be learning inefficiently or wrong, not to mention develop bad habits. We can help you with that at the individual coaching sessions.
Individual Coaching is here so that we can see and guide you, notice what you are doing right, where your limits are and how and where they can be pushed at the moment. We are not here to boss you around. At the same time though, we will teach you how to be self-sufficient and when you leave the session, you will be able to practice at home on your own.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO SINGING?
Knowing why I want to sing.
Learning to perceive my body as a musical instrument.
Being ok with making mistakes.
Foster my discipline.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SING?
This is a very common question. And we answer it with a question too. 'How good of a singer do you want to be? How successful do you want to be? What do you want to achieve? It's all up to you.'
If you do decide to be a professional singer, there will never come a time when you say: "Ha, and now I know it all." All professionals work on themselves constantly, looking for ways to improve their performance, singing, choreography.... the journey of a singer is about continuous perfecting yourself.
Technique will make your singing easier but there are other things you need to work on as well.
What we teach we do ourselves. There isn't a day when we wouldn't be practicing or finding ways of further improvement.
If you are thinking that one hour of singing a week is enough, we are sorry to disappoint you. It really is not.
If you want your vocal cords and body to work with you in absolute unity in those moments you need it the most - on the stage during your performance perhaps - it is vital that you have perfected muscle memory, ear memory and body memory. Only then will you be able to relax on stage, your voice and body will work in harmony and you will be able to enjoy the amazing moment of fame.
We do strongly recommend practicing every day, at least a little while. You will get used to your sound, your voice and body, and you will stretch your vocal cords.
WHEN I SING I HAVE ANXIETY AND STAGEFRIGHT, WHAT DO I DO?
This depends on what kind of fear and anxiety you are experiencing but no worries - all can be overcome and all can be worked on.
Do you recognize yourself?
I am afraid of making a mistake.
I'm anxious when there are too many people watching me.
I am worried I am not good enough of a singer.
I am afraid I won't hit the note I need.
I am scared that there will be someone better than me on the stage.
I am terrified of being sick.
I am worried I won't be able to hear myself.
Fear is an emotion that needs to be worked with. Singing technique will help only partially. Almost everyone who has ever sung someplace other than in front of a mirror with a comb in their hands or in the shower has experienced at one point or another one of those fears mentioned above. We can identify the fear together and will work on it. A part of the SIF method is training of working through and eventually overcoming your fear with the help of proven exercises and techniques.
HOW IS THE SIF COACHING METHOD UNIQUE?
SIF focuses on much more than just the singing technique. We work together on planning, self-control, confidence, motivation and results.
You will be able to work on your skills at home because not only will we show you HOW to do that, we will help you clarify your WHY.
With SIF, you will also get to go to a professional recording studio, you will be able to attend workshops, you will get interesting opportunities to sing and you will sing with a live band at SIF events.
We're not saying singing isn't hard work. It is. But together, we will arrange it so that the sessions are FUN as well.
WHY ARE THE SIF STUDENTS SUCCESSFUL?
Every students gets what he is looking for. The sessions are prepared according to the individual needs of each student.
Find the references from our wonderful students HERE.
We are firm believers of the fact that there can be no single measure. Every singer is unique. They are interested in different music styles, they have different levels, personalities, habits, time options, voices, goals, speed of learning and last but not least, everyone's ambitions are different.
That is why each student chooses his own path with his coach and he develops according to where he himself wants to get to. All students get their results.
WHY WAS SIF SCHOOL FOUNDED?
SIF founder - Beego Shea - tells the story:
"I have personally gone through each and every hardship and obstacle my students face at the start.
I knew nothing, I didn't have technique but I just wanted to sing. When I was little and I sang at the choir or contests, nobody cared about technique: the important thing was that we sang and kept winning.
When I joined my first band, it was a breaking point. I sang in front of people pretty often but suddenly I began to feel afraid and despite the fact that I practiced diligently at home and at the studio, nothing seemed to be helping. My vocal cords did whatever they felt like, not always was I able to sing and reach everything that was necessary. I started to lose my voice and I stressed over my own imperfection and uncertainty.
I kept asking other singer what they did differently.
I tried learning at home but it simply wouldn't work. So I started looking for some who could help me. And finding someone like that wasn't easy at all. It was as if there was absolutely no teacher or coach who could explain things in a way I could understand, no lessons where I wouldn't be bored to death and where I would feel myself progressing.
After a couple of attempts of finding 'the right one', I got a recommendation to go to Mrs Vavrečková, an opera singer who at the time taught multiple musical stars. I waited for the first opening for almost 6 months.
Mrs Vavrečková was very strict, the lesson took 45 minutes that always just flew by and the price wasn't negligible too. But I needed someone who could handle me.
I basically found myself at the very beginning, even though I had already sung my way through quite a lot. Every time I heard others singing behind those closed doors I felt like I knew nothing at all. And so I started practicing. Every day, I worked for 4-5 hours to get to the level where the guys from behind the closed doors were. I started figuring out things on my own as well. I was driven by an indomitable desire to be great.
I stood in front of a mirror for hours on end, recorded my voice, looked for ways of doing it right and better. The more I looked, the more I learnt. It was a great preparation.
I started singing in a different band, I was on stage more than ever before. Concerts, festivals, different countries... Other projects popped up and I think it was also because of my newly found confidence. I had stopped drawing limits for myself. I want to grow more, faster and further.
After some time, people started approaching me and said: 'I want to sing like you do.' So I cheerfully replied that they could. All it takes is to practice and want it bad enough.
But then they said they wanted to learn from me.
And that's how it started.
Because I have walked quite a long way myself, I can and want to help my students shorten theirs a little. I found other aspects of coaching as well and perfected the mirror technique which helps students understand their body and find a personal within it.
Today, we have students coming in from the whole of Czech Republic, both Czech and foreign. All the coaches at our school speak English. We also have students who have been singing for a very long time or had graduated from a Conservatory. They are looking for something new and fresh and they, too, want to go further.
The feedback and results of our students make us very happy and our work makes that much more sense to us.
Singing is fun!!!“