Guide to Singing

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WHY START…

Aside from the fact that it’s fun and a great way to meet people, singing is scientifically proven to be good for your health.

SUMMARY

Singing is a great pastime for anyone who enjoys music and likes the idea of helping to make it. If you’re someone who already enjoys singing along with your favourite songs or even just in the shower, you’ll definitely enjoy the experience of singing with other people.

There are lots of different options available for you, depending on the kind of singing you’d like to do. No matter where you live, there will be lots of amateur singing groups who meet regularly nearby. There are also various different choirs you might like to join, including rock choirs where people sing popular rock and pop songs, as well as more traditional religion-based choirs.

If on the other hand you feel you can’t sing but would like to, you can always take private lessons to learn techniques to help you get your voice in shape and improve your confidence.

Why Start?

Singing has great social and health benefits. It produces endorphins and hormones that relieve stress and make you happy. It’s also good for posture and increased confidence.

Who is it for?

Singing is for anyone who loves music and can hold a note. But even if you think you can’t sing, take a few lessons and you might surprise yourself.

Are there any prerequisites?

If you want to join a choir or a singing group, you will be expected to be able to hold a note. If you can’t sing and wish to learn, then your desire to get better is the only prerequisite.

What are the benefits?

Aside from enormous fun and a sense of belonging to a like-minded community, there are endless health benefits to singing.

How much will it cost?

There are thousands of free singing groups throughout the country (and indeed the world), so it doesn’t have to cost anything. Singing lessons average out at around £40 per hour, and something like the Marylebone Rock Choir costs £25 per month for weekly sessions.

Can I take it to another level?

You could join any number of singing clubs, and if you find you have a real talent, you could enter talent competitions or even apply to become a professional session singer.

What Equipment do I need?

No equipment required. Just a fully functioning voice and the confidence to use it.

Where can I take part?

There are singing groups and meetups throughout the country so there is almost certainly something in your nearest reasonably sized town or city.

Top Tips

Check meetup.com for free singing groups near you. This is the best way to get started and meet like-minded people. https://www.meetup.com/topics/group-singing/

There are over 300 rock choirs in the UK and they all offer a free taster session, so that might be a good place to start. https://www.rockchoir.com/about.php

Facts & Stats

Singing confers many of the same effects and benefits as yoga, helping you to relax, improve your posture and reducing risk of heart problems. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/10168914/All-together-now-singing-is-good-for-your-body-and-soul.html

The world record for the longest non-stop Elvis impersonation is 55 hours. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/452637/Top-10-facts-about-singing

Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety and elevate endorphins http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/

Did you know…

The physical benefits of singing range from increasing confidence and toning stomach muscles to reducing anger and anxiety and helping with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. http://www.moresingingplease.com/benefits-of-singingI

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Inspiration

Singing changes the way your brain functions and makes you happier. http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/

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