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Should i specialize only in piano or singing too, i'm equally talented in both.? (Read 1169 times)

Offline sv3nno

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i've been playing piano since i was 5, now i'm 16. - so that's 11 and a half years total. i've also been doing alot of singing(about 8 years - 2 years solo singing studies, 6 years in a choir) and the same people who compliment my playing (parents, teachers, fellow musicians) also tell me i have a great voice. well frankly, most of them also tell me i really need to specialize in one area - either piano OR singing - to really succeed... the problem is that i would NEVER give up playing the piano, and singing is also WAY too important for me to not continue to studying it.
my dream is to one day form a band where i would be the lead singer/pianist... alot of people have told me that that idea really sucks, so now i really don't know what to continue doing and what not, since it is so IMPOSSIBLE to decide between playing the piano or singing!!!!
so i was hoping that maybe you would help me to decide...
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Offline gyzzzmo

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Record yourself, listen very critically and try to compare objectively. Especially if you think you sound great, you should get yourself a singing-teacher for help and guidelines.

If you're still very enthousiastic after that, put all your spare time you got next to school into piano, singing and composing and send your songs to studio's. Yes that might sound like quite an effort, but thats what is required for a serious chance into music, while not ruining your life.
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Offline iansinclair

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my dream is to one day form a band where i would be the lead singer/pianist... alot of people have told me that that idea really sucks, so now i really don't know what to continue doing and what not, since it is so IMPOSSIBLE to decide between playing the piano or singing!!!!
so i was hoping that maybe you would help me to decide...

I'm not going to help you decide; my suggestion would be to take enough voice lessons, though, so that you really understand what your voice is doing and can do, and so you can sing without damaging it.  At 16, it isn't all that hard to really mess up your voice, and you really don't want to do that.  It is also rather easy, though, to get it so that you can really control it, and develop your full range.

You can do this and keep working on the piano at the same time.  It doesn't have to be an either or situation.  So I'd suggest you keep doing that, too.

And if you look around some, you will find that there have been quite a number of individuals who are both lead (or solo!) singers and pianists; sometimes really very fine pianists indeed.  A few who come to mind -- Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Elton John, Billy Joel...
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