There are two parts to the question here. First, can anyone learn how to sing? The second part has to do with the last word of the question, “well”. Can anyone learn how to sing “well”? The answer to both parts of the question is a resounding yes. We are going to elaborate that here.
Is Singing You’re Born With or Something You Can Learn
Good news! Yes, anyone can learn how to sing. Ok, I’d like to point out that the first part of the question pertains only to the ability to sing in tune, pitch or the right note, regardless of voice quality that most people consider as good or pleasing to the ear.
I can attest to the fact that not one of us came to this world with the ability to cry in tune when we were born. We were just screaming our hearts out to see where in the world we’re at, at the time.
Unless you are one of the few that has a condition called “congenital amusia”(see Mr. Google) which only about 4% of the populations, most of us can sing back a tune with our voice.
In my opinion, there’s still hope for those people that have the preconditioned disorder. It will just take a whole life long of therapy if singing is a matter of life and death to them.
Studies and research have been done to prove that anyone can learn to make a sound with their voice in tune. It’s not something that you either have it or you don’t, definitely not one you’re born with. The music that we hear all over us, instrumental or vocal, has a big impact on our ability to sing back a melody that’s being played on the radio, television, internet, smartphones and so on.
Add to that, the environment we grow up with, the strong influence of family, friends, school music activities and other peers where there is constant and lots of singing going on.
That answers the first part of the question.
How Can Anyone Become Good in Singing?
The second part of the question, “can anyone learn to sing well”?
The answer is absolutely yes. Although most can sing a certain melody doesn’t mean everyone will have an awesome, fabulous singing voice, but we all know that there are only recreational singers and there are “good” ones. What is considered good? There’s already an established, common knowledge on what the masses consider as good. Whatever that is, to get to that point, there is a process involved.
Singing is an athletic endeavor, coordination, muscles, just like someone that goes to the gym day in and day out. Great singers develop over time with hard work and that’s how they make it to the top, not everyone is going to be top in their field, just like a bodybuilder, soccer player, and in other sports.
The ones who have a genuine dedication to their passion are the ones who will go far, the ones that will be the stars on stage. You might see them practice many times a day until they’re completely satisfied with the result. If they have the opportunity, they line up for auditions, competitions, and other kinds of singing gigs.
They believe that what they put in, day in and day out is enough to make them at a certain level into the competition. Belief in themselves is also one of the ingredients to move them forward to success.
Win or lose, they go back to the drawing board and plan another course of action for the next series of singing opportunities they find. In fact, most of the ones I know that already made it, have joined multiple such opportunities and failed many times before they made it big.
So, the point is you can be good and be the best you can be with full commitment, dedication, and passion
To Get Better, Here’s What You Can Start Doing on Your Own
Join a choir in church or community. You can find a choir almost everywhere close to where you live. Look for a non-auditioned choir to start with. Then eventually as you progress, an advanced choir would be a goal in the future. The great thing with groups like these is that there is less pressure in being your best because of its friendly environment, sense of community, people helping each other. The chances of an advanced member teaching you are most likely. The director himself most often works directly with “budding” singers.
Listen to the music of your choice. Although listening to tons of music every day is advisable, actively singing yourself is the next level. Here’s my suggestion. Pick one song, print out the lyrics and listen to it many times over until you feel comfortable with it. You can find accompaniment tracks for any song online these days.
Try going to youtube.com and just type in the title of the song, then the word “karaoke” or use a Software program called Vocal Remover to eliminate the vocals to a song on your computer or online and leave only the background accompaniment track. You can also simply download a ready-made mp3 accompaniment track from Karaoke Version with over 51,000 songs to choose from.
After working on it repeatedly over time, record yourself, that way you will learn to judge whether the first take is better than the second, and so on. You may also have a friend listen and see what he thinks and encourage him to comment on it. There’ll be some encouraging words, I’m sure, but be ready to take criticisms as well and make the adjustments right there or on your own.
You can invite friends and family to do a Karaoke at home or at a nearby location to “reveal” something that you’ve been working on for a while. Be the superstar at your next get together and impress them with an unforgettable mini-concert. Karaoke singing is most popular in Asia, but you can propose to do one and it’s one of the best ways to rapidly progress.
Is Voice Lessons Necessary? You Need to Consider These
Teaching yourself how to sing put you only at a certain level. An experienced voice teacher (or coach) has already seen it all, especially if he has been teaching for many years. Just associating yourself with one gets you close to a wealth of not only treasured information in singing but also the wisdom to implement them in your singing career, if you’re heading that path. That will ultimately take you to a completely separate level.
Having a voice teacher is definitely the way to go if your goal is one of the following:
- You already sing quite a bit, but you want to get better even faster
- You want to join a competition
- You want to audition for a part in a band, musicale, church solo, etc.
- You want to perform on stage in school or community
- Your goal is to become a star
- Singing is your career path, to be a professional
To attain the ultimate level of success, having a qualified, experienced, knowledgeable individual that is concerned about your aspirations as a singer is irreplaceable.
If a local voice teacher is not what you have in mind right now, check Roger Love online. If you don’t know him, you’ll find out very quickly.
This might be a surprise, but don’t you know that Christina Aguilera has a singing Master Class online? You might want to check it out.
Some Things A Voice Teacher Can Help You
Below are some of the things that a voice teacher can provide that you might not already know.
- Establish good habits that you might not be aware of especially in the beginning, a solid foundation
- Proper vocal technique – working of the whole vocal instrument
- Various exercises – physical, breathing, warm-up exercises
- Determine voice range
- Develop the balance between the chest and head voice ranges
- Overall performance interpretation
- Nurture proper vocal health
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