So, recently, I've been talking to many people online on forums and blog posts regarding to singing and many of them told me that they couldn't sing no matter how much they tried to learn it.
They start blaming on their natural voice, their genetics and even their parents for not having a good voice!
Well, the truth is that this is definitely not the case.
Today, I'm writing this blog post to tell you guys WHY anyone can learn how to sing REGARDLESS of their age or how weird their voice might sound.
As long as you can speak, you can sing
I feel that this is the most important point that I should point out. "Anyone that can speak can learn how to sing" as quoted by Joanne Rutkowski, professor of music education. Indeed, anyone who has a voice and can produce sound to speak CAN sing. If you put in the right amount and appropriate effort, a person without vocal disabilities can learn to sing songs.
Singers don't start off being able to sing as they are able to now. They have to put in endless hours of training, going through countless times of setbacks before getting where they are today. Do not think that you need to have a special kind of voice to learn how to sing or just because you have a squeaky or deep voice doesn't mean that singing is out of the option for you.
So, the key point is that anyone can learn to sing as long as you can speak, as simple as that.
Bring down your standards
Singing is not as difficult as many people might think it is. Most people that find that they can't learn to sing can sing. The thing stopping them is that they just place their standards too far up and hence giving up when they can't achieve that ridiculous benchmark.
You can't learn to sing like a professional in such a short period of time! Results can only be shown after days, months or even years of practice! Just like any other thing in life, you have to take time to develop your skill set and build up your body to be able to perform flawlessly and professionally.
Bodybuilders don't just go to the gym for a week and expect to see themselves with six pack abs or gigantic biceps. Basketball players don't just go for training for a week and see themselves playing in the NBA. You have to take it a step at a time before reaching you goals.
So, in the context of singing, you have to make sure that you are not aiming too high. While it is good to look far ahead, it is important to know your capabilities and limits. Instead, of aiming to sing "Hallelujah" within a week, perhaps aim to sing the first minute of "Hallelujah" to perfection.
Lowering your standards and reducing your targets to sizable scales can ensure that you CAN reach that goal and even if you don't, reduce your goals even more!
What matters is that you set up targets that you can achieve instead of what you want to achieve.
Not Giving Up
Many people give up easily upon experiencing setbacks and failures. A lot people give up when their voices don't do what they want them to do: hitting the falsetto, using the mix voice or just the general tone of their voices. They feel that it is impossible to progress any further and give up as a whole, saying that they can't learn to sing.
Just like any other thing, unless you have the affinity for it, you will experience setbacks while learning it. When you do meet them, you have to seek help. If you have a vocal coach, ask them on it. If you are learning how to sing by yourself, search online forums on how to deal with this problem. There is ALWAYS a solution to the problems you face.
And even if you know the solution but it still isn't working, keep trying it for a period of time till the point that it is rendered ineffective. At that point of time, search for another solution and stick to it. Keep repeating this process and I guarantee that you will solve the problem.
I used to have a really hard time learning to use my mix voice. I strained my voice several times, giving me difficulties to speak on several occasions. I looked for solutions on Reddit, Facebook, Youtube - anywhere that you could think of. And with more and more practice and trial and error with my voice, I finally learned to use it.
Never let setbacks stop you from learning. If so, these setbacks only make you even stronger as you become more knowledgeable about the stuff that you are trying to learn!
Knowing Your Voice
This is also a really important point to take note of. Many people that are trying to learn how to sing often do not understand their voices. By that, I mean their voice types - bass, baritone, tenor, soprano, alto etc. And without that understanding, they tackle on songs that do not suit their voices and no matter how much they try, they can't seem to sing it nicely.
There are many different types of songs in the world. And each of the songs are made specifically to fit the vocal needs of the singer. They are not made to fit you! So, if the song is made for a light voiced tenor and you, a deep voiced bass tried to sing it, everything is going to get out of hand. Your voice is not suited for the song!
Let me make this simple for you to understand. When eating cereal, you wouldn't want to use a fork to eat it because you can't scoop cereal with a fork but you could with a spoon. The fork and spoon are completely different tools just like your voices!
Hence, it is super important to learn the type of voice you have and to find a song that fits you well or if not, to the point that it is comfortable for you to sing.
Having A Healthy Mindset
Many people can't learn how to sing because they do not want to sound bad in the beginning. However, everyone who just started out singing would sound bad one way or another. This is the hard truth. Some may feel shy to practice singing since they sound bad at the start and for this reason, they tend to practice singing softly.
Practicing singing in a soft manner will lead you to nowhere. In order to utilize our breath support and chest voice, volume would be mandatory. If you kept on singing softly, you would be unable to learn singing and you might hurt your voice as well.
With these two reasons in mind, many people just end up giving up to learn how to sing and say that they have a bad voice. What these people lack isn't a good voice, but a good mindset. If they could just block out the embarrassment, criticism they think they are going to receive and have an end goal in mind, they would be able to learn singing in no time.
This is a problem that many face especially in countries that don't really care much about singers or have cultural indifferences. For instance, in Singapore, singing isn't really a popular thing and its a taboo to say that you want to learn singing. In addition, with our living environments, practicing singing is hard with everyone living so close together. However, it is still possible if you have a healthy mindset.
This would be hard but it would be fruitful.
So this ends off my blog post on why anyone can learn how to sing. If you have read the whole blog post, you would have probably noticed that the people that think that can't learn how to sing all have one common problem: lack of motivation.
Since singing isn't a widely accepted as a valuable skill in the world, many give up in the midst of learning it when they experience setbacks. However, if you are really determined to learn singing, no one can stop you and you will definitely learn it.
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