Here are some of the questions that we get asked all the time by both clients and strangers!
Q: Do you offer free introductory lessons?
A: No, but if you can’t afford a lesson or just want a quick assessment of your voice to find out how lessons might benefit you, then pay just £10 for our brand new Voice Analysis Online service. We will be able to tell you what you are already doing well and how you can improve.
Q: Can anyone sing?
A: Singing is something that humans have been doing since the dawn of time so it is a very natural thing to do, but just like anything else in life like sport, art, mathematics, some people are predisposed to be able to do it more easily than others. It doesn’t mean you can’t become a great singer if you put the practice in though!
Q: Am I too old to sing?
A: No, not at all! Congratulations for realising that you want to sing NOW! It is never to late to explore your vocal potential.
Q: I’m tone deaf! Is there any hope?
A: Tone deafness is actually incredibly rare and affects only 2% of the population.
Q: Can you make someone famous?
A: Primarily we teach vocal technique and performance skills but can potentially offer opportunities to clients that might, eventually, lead to wider notoriety. We are not agents or managers, but for clients we feel are ready to perform to a professional level, we may be able to suggest contacts that can further a career.
Q: Have you ever taught anyone famous?
A: We have taught clients who have been X Factor and The Voice finalists, have won Open Mic UK and Live & Unsigned, starred in West End Musicals and few that are signed to record labels. Please visit our Clients page for more details.
Q: Do you provide clients with performing opportunities?
A: If we think the client is ready to perform in public, then yes, there are various possibilities we can suggest and offer. Our Group Classes and Pop Choir offer solo performing opportunities.
Q: How do I get noticed as a singer?
A: To be taken seriously, you will need a demo CD / mp3 files of songs (covers or originals), professional photographs, ideally your own website and a strong web presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. None of this needs to be expensive and VoiceCity can assist you with all of these steps to start you on your journey as a performer.
Q: What do you think of the The Voice, X Factor and other singing reality shows?
A: A few of our clients have been finalists in these shows and they are fine as a piece of television entertainment, but like anything in the entertainment world, they are glamourised and dramatised to create escapism and a sense of magic for an audience and may be not represent your real life experience of an audition or performance.
Q: What can I do to look after my voice if I get a cold?
A: Steaming is the best way to get moisture onto your vocal cords. Fill of large bowl with boiling water and put a towel over your head as you inhale the vapours. Manuka honey is very good at soothing the throat and chewing a raw clove of garlic (don’t wince!) and swallowing it helps to reduce swelling on the vocal cords as it is anti inflammatory and a natural antibiotic. It’s not called The singer’s emergency remedy for nothing!
Q: What are your credentials?
A: Please visit the VoiceCity Director page to find out.