Basically I want to learn how to sing, but I want to mantain only as a hobby, not pursuing any career or academic success. I have no background in singing and I think my voice sounds terrible when doing it. Is it mandatory to find a teacher ?
Note that I have the following experience with piano: I have played for 8 years without any lessons, I just watched synthesia videos from youtube and practiced my favorite songs, no matter the level. I do not know how to read sheet music etc. I went to a few piano lessons, but they bored me when they started to teach me how to read music, play it in tempo etc. I decided I am fine with the skills I got on the piano, I am just doing it for fun, that's why I couldn't continue going to these lessons.
Now I want to learn singing on a hobby level and do it just for fun. I have read that there are many specific techniques and warmups involved, so I don't damage my voice. Is there any way to learn it alone (again, on a hobby level and doing it just for fun, only when I like to), or do I need a teacher to do that ? I am afraid it will be just a waste of time and money like the piano lessons.
What are your thoughts ?