For all of the jokes made about Cardiff, this city is a beacon for music aficionados!
Not only can you find the world's oldest record shop in Cardiff – Spiller's Records, but that city has been dubbed the UK's second most musical city.
Bands such as Super Furry Animals, Manic Street Preachers, and Brave Captain hail from Cardiff, with the trend heading toward heavy metal and metalcore genres.
Budgie, the heavy metal band that were pioneers of this style of music, are from Cardiff!
By no means does any of this imply that, if you want to learn how to sing in Cardiff, you must grow long hair and play an electric guitar.
There are plenty of other styles of music to learn here, like Rap, Pop, Contemporary and Welsh language songs.
Let us now find out where we can take singing lessons in this thriving city of music!
Sing with a Choir in Cardiff
Learn How to Sing with Canton Chorus
This is a community choir of some repute that puts on concerts at least twice a year.
They welcome anyone with a desire to sing; no audition or ability to read music is required.
Canton Chorus has been performing in and around Cardiff for the past twenty five years. Joining them in song, you could get a lot of singing tips and coaching from more experienced members of the group.
They tend to sing more classical music. For their winter concert, they will be performing a cantata.
If you are a tenor, you would be especially welcome to join them!
What if you are not a classically trained vocalist? What if you don't like classical music?
Join City Voices
This relatively young singing group has grown exponentially in the nine years it has been performing, but would still be happy to welcome you!
They sing anything from show tunes to popular music; Disney tunes to your favourite movie theme song.
When you join with City Voices, you would not be required to purchase a choir robe, audition or be certified in any way to sing.
Having fun, making friends and finding joy in singing are, however, compulsory.
Why Sing With a Choir?
This article is supposed to be about taking singing lessons, the implication being that there would be a singing teacher and you, the voice student, would learn how to run scales and how to breathe.
Without any formal instruction in singing, you might not even know your vocal range!
If that is the case, why would we propose joining a singing group?
- The fact is that many have been scared off from lessons of any type because of our early forays into music, while still at school.
Stand straight! Shoulders back! No slouching! our teachers would admonish us.
Have you ever received a technical explanation of why good posture is vital to learning how to sing?
As an alternative solution to improving your vocals, we propose embarking in vocal training as a member of an informal group, with people who would be happy to coach you through the basics of singing techniques.
Here is why:
Invariably, the first step a choir director would take would be to lead the group through warm up exercises.
These can consist of running scales, humming notes and lip trills.
S/he would then most likely move on to breathing exercises.
Inhaling, and using your diaphragm to push your breath out would surely be on that list.
Once your throat has been properly warmed up, your larynx conditioned for singing, and your breathing regulated, it is time to put your singing voice to work.
At that point, the choir director would lead the group through their first number.
All in all, the steps you take to start singing with a choir are not so different from those when taking formal lessons, one on one, with a voice coach.
2. Singing in with a group is fantastic ear training.
Training your ear involves recognising pitch, tone, tempo, intervals, chords and rhythms, all without your conductor signaling them or sheet music to read them from.
Cultivating your relative pitch – as the ability is called, is essential in learning how to sing because a singer must be able to hear and identify musical elements within the music.
If you have ever heard someone at karaoke flub a note or sing off key, it is because their ear has not been properly trained.
Any time you anticipate using your voice excessively, you should do vocal exercises, to prevent straining your voice and causing injury.
Who – besides great singers, you might ask, needs vocal warm ups?
The Top Reasons People Take Voice Lessons
Are you a teacher, facing a classroom full of energetic students?
Have you been called on to give a big presentation at work?
Maybe you have just earned a promotion, and are now in charge of your own group.
These are all great reasons to develop you vocal ability, and none of them have anything to do with singing.
Voice training can help you project your voice more effectively, giving you a more commanding presence.
Another reason to take voice lessons: singing has been proven to help balance emotional, physical and mental stress.
Voice training can help combat debilitating conditions such as lack of confidence, and even stage fright – the kind that comes from overwhelming anxiety in social situations.
By no means are we saying that learning to sing will cure depression, but it can certainly help brighten your mood!
How is your posture these days?
Our modern lifestyle nearly begs us to slouch on our sofa, or slump at our desk.
After hours in front of a computer, do you get up and stretch, work your neck and yawn?
Working with a vocal coach, you would learn to maintain good posture: shoulders back, head held high and abdomen taut, even if your daily life consists mostly of sitting.
You would unconsciously adopt the very pose of the self-confident person.
Even if you have no great singing aspirations, simply learning proper breathing, standing straight and projecting your voice will go a long way toward giving you an inner harmony, so difficult to find in today's hurry-hurry world!
Doesn't all that make you want to find a voice teacher, and start lessons as soon as possible?
Where to Find Singing Lessons in Cardiff
Angharad Kathy Davies is a professional opera singer who teaches singing at her studio in Cardiff city centre.
Although she sings soprano, she welcomes all ages and vocal ranges, teaching fundamental vocal techniques such as:
In all, there are eight fundamental steps to teaching vocal pedagogy, that lead to singing success. With Singing Lessons Cardiff, you will master each one.
Good basic singing technique is transferable to any style of singing. - Angharad Kathy Davies
You do not have to be in the same vocal range, or even like the same style of music as Ms. Davis in order to take vocal lessons with her.
Learn to Sing with IMS Cardiff
Are you a fan of Carpool Karaoke and wish James Corden would move his show permanently to Great Britain?
Do you always sing in your car, even though you are not carpooling?
If you are ready to take your singing to the next level, you might consider taking singing lessons London with the fine teachers at International Music School Cardiff.
Their singing teachers are all established performers, who have perfected their own singing technique on stage and in the recording studio.
They are now ready to lead you through singing exercises and teach you how to hit the high notes.
Learning how to sing with them, you will incorporate vocal warm up and breath control into your everyday routine, on your way to becoming the best performer.
They will teach you how to use your head voice and all about pitch and tone.
All of that sounds good, but what if you don't have time or energy to run back into town after tea, for any vocal coaching?
Learn to Sing Online
With so much else that can be learned from the Internet, it would be reasonable to project that you could also learn how to sing online.
The only problem with the Internet is that you must ask the right question in order to get the desired answer.
How to sort through all of the search results? How to target that one voice coach that would deliver the knowledge of music and voice training you seek?
You need look no further than Superprof to find online singing lessons.
Do you want to sing opera, or rock?
How about joining a male choir that Wales is so famous for? Maybe you just want to wow your mates at your next noson lawe.
In all cases, any of our more than seven hundred tutors would be sure to help you.
Most Superprof tutors give their first hour of lessons free: What a risk free way to learn how to sing!
All you need is Skype, and a sincere desire to lift your voice in song. The rest is up to your Internet connection.
Whether you want to improve your tone quality or find exercises for vocal health, there are so many opportunities in Cardiff to find your singing voice.
If you want your chance to shine at Carpool Karaoke, shouldn't you start looking into them?