It seems obvious to say that a good vocal teacher should have a good ear, and I do not speak of a musical ear which allows him or her to sing a song tune.
Although it seems strange, This is one of the big problems that makes a singing teacher knows not to give the key when you want to develop your voice. The reason is that it is not trained for it.
He vocal coach You must have the ability to hear, evaluate and diagnose trends and habits of student. This is extremely important.
You have to understand that is what is missing, you need the voice at all times and how to solve. Why make a good diagnosis exercises are correct and the most effective.
However, each exercise is given to the student it must be carefully designed so that student progress.
The knowledge that has to have a voice coach is crucial, because the same exercise can be used differently to get a different result.
There are many times I have encountered students in his class says "... .I did this exercise (I give the example of liptrill, also called liproll, lipbubble) I used it with my old / a teacher / a ... " .
It is true that specific sound can help us achieve certain goals, but there are vocal tendencies which would be strongly discouraged use. And the mere fact that is often used to start warming, It does not mean that exercise is effective. Why the previous diagnosis in each class.
Today on internet you find everything concerning how to sing well, but I say, be careful, because many people hanging tips are not trained to do. Perhaps that person has worked, or he has taken singing lessons and then shares. But the fact that someone has worked for you does not mean it is right for you. Nor does that person see that sing well mean that it is qualified to teach. They are very different aspects.
I put a simple example: if my head hurts me and I prescribe an effective medication for me, it is logical that I pass quickly. But what if one day you tell me, “….Sol, it really hurts my head .. "and for the simple fact that it worked for me, I give you. What if you have rejection of that medication and is strongly discouraged for you? It is likely that you do not know, but your doctor if, or maybe he'll send some kind of review that is specific, because it believes it is not a simple headache, and using all that information, gives you the right medicine for you.
In the case of voice, although it may not seem, the issue is very delicate, because in the best case, a teacher does not know how to diagnose your student, it will not progress or do an insufficiently. But in the worst case, you can end up with nodules, polyps or until bleeding. So look well when choosing your vocal coach. Finds out that knowledge is founded, He asks if you are qualified to do so, seeks comment, See if your students are progressing well. If any of these things does not convince, still looking, is at stake your vocal health.
(in another article I'll talk more about why we should be careful what we see or read)
Doing the same exercise class after class not make best. Depending on how you are that day, Once you've practiced since your last class, and your neuromuscular memory, the exercises will vary for correcting your voice and bring you ever closer mix.
Having the ability to understand how it works bridges your voice is very important to know your vocal coach, because only in this way you can give you not only the proper exercise, they will tell you "how" to do it. An exercise can be used in different ways, depending on how you use, the result varies. Not the same thing a soprano contralto, its tessitura is completely different with which its bridges, as well.
It is also very important to be a good teacher, because often the student feels locked as it moves from your comfort zone, and that's where a good vocal coach will help you get ahead, because he understands the learning process and because he knows what's what at the moment is happening to your voice, thus you know how to react.
A vocal coach has to keep training his voice continually, otherwise it will not show the student how to do it. And never use descriptive phrases like "... places the sound here or there, Put it in the mask, tightens the diaphragm, and etc ... "because as I explained on other occasions, "Sensations, sounds and images are the effect a proper function, not the cause”. Each person has a different feel, so it is not right to teach through sensations.
And finally a vocal coach not only teaches you. But trains you to achieve your own goals. Because one thing is to learn and another is to achieve concrete achievements. And that's where a coach encourages you, accompanies you, You understand and many times you “carries” where you want to go. It is aware of your weaknesses, but also enhances your strengths. Sometimes it makes you to be careful and sometimes gives you a small boost to move forward. you are stimulated, but also takes care of you. And this is mainly so, because before, You have been where you are now 🙂