This morning I had my first-ever voice lesson. Despite singing in choirs since as early as (at least) 7 years’ old, I haven’t had any formal voice training. My housemate, who is a professionally trained singer, has inspired me to become more musical but, ah, you can understand if living with aforesaid professionally trained singer would make me a bit self-conscious. I enjoy singing, I want to get better at it, and to be more confident: hence the lessons.
I sing alto in choirs — I have since I was 12. As an alto in a Renaissance choir, I can quite happily rumble around with the tenors if I wanted. So imagine my surprise when I found I can sing a high A! I’ve been sent away to practice ‘Over the Rainbow’ and a Dalmatian lullaby that reminds me of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea. This morning was a lot of fun and I look forward to practicing for next week.