The easy answer: no, vocal lessons are not necessary.
But it’s never that easy, is it?
In the end, it really comes down to your goals.
Why do you want to sing better? Is it to sound good when you sing karaoke? Is singing just a hobby? Or do you plan to make a career out of it?
Determining your goals for considering voice lessons is vital. Until you have done that, you can’t decide whether paying for lessons is a good idea.
If you do not yet know why you want to improve your voice, figure that out now. Once you know your end goal, read on to see whether you should get yourself a vocal coach.
I Just Want To Sing For Fun
If singing is just a hobby, there is no need to spend money on a voice coach. Just read free articles on learning to sing and watch some Youtube videos. If you don’t mind spending a little money, maybe get an online vocal course. These cost a few hundred dollars at the most, so you can get a full course for less than you’d pay for an hour with a good teacher. There are tons out there, but only some are worth the money. This post lists the best singing courses.
I Want To Sound Better At Karaoke
If you are hoping to improve your voice because you love karaoke and want to be one of those people who have the whole bar hanging on their every note, you might want to consider vocal lessons. I’d start out with an online course to get the basics down.
Once you’ve done that, you may very well find that you are happy with your current skill level. The improvement most people see from just learning the basics is amazing. You’ll sound better than almost anyone else you’ll ever see behind a mic at your average karaoke bar.
If you want a professional-level singing voice, a real instructor is your best bet. The personal instruction they provide is something you can’t get from reading or watching videos.
I Want To Become A Professional Singer
If you hope to make singing your career, you’ll need to hire a professional voice coach. You could still start out with an online course to learn the basics, especially if you are not 100% sure you want to make singing you job, but after you’ve learned the basics, you need a real live teacher to progress to the next level.
Ideally, you’ll work with a real instructor from the beginning. The progress you make with a real singing coach just comes so much faster than if you learn on your own using videos. Plus, a coach ensures you don’t pick up any bad habits. They will detect any issues immediately and have you correct them. Working on your own, it can easily happen that you practice an incorrect technique, which then takes a lot of work to correct down the line.
Bottom line: are vocal lessons necessary?
To sing like a professional, yes they are. If that is your goal, you need to get a teacher, either right from the start or, at the latest, when you are ready to advance past the intermediate stage. If you’re just singing for fun or to impress the patrons at your local karaoke bar, you might as well save your money and just get an online course.