Is it strictly a roll of the “genetic dice” that decides who can sing or can anyone learn to sing?
The results are in and the good news is that according to professor of music education Joanne Rutkowski,
“Everyone who can speak can learn to use a singing voice”.
This is encouraging for any who’ve ever been so self-conscious about singing, that they are silenced into mouthing the words of a song in settings such as birthday parties, religious ceremonies, or when singing the national anthem.
On the other, you may see yourself as having or have even been told that you have a lot of singing potential, a great voice, and a natural talent. But you recognize that natural ability will take you so far, and quite frankly.. you want to go further.
Stay tuned. The next part of our discussion will involve a variety of elements that will help you to build your singing confidence.
Is it realistic to think that anyone could develop the potential to perform in any discipline or singing style at a professional level?
The fact that only a small percentage do achieve massive success shows the difference between good singers and great singers.
Rutkowski thus adds by saying that, “.. not everyone will have a fabulous-sounding voice. Once the vocal instrument is working, the ability to sing with good intonation is dependent on musical aptitude and musical achievement.”
Genetics do play a factor in singing aptitude. However, other things including environment also nurture musicality.
This means that if your parents or siblings loved to sing and listen to music while you were growing up, your chances of developing a musical ear, good pitch and other ‘natural’ singing abilities are higher.
Regardless of any inborn talents, most can develop their voice through training.
The difficulty lies when we attempt to sing with our talking voices—the voice you are most comfortable with.
As we normally speak in a lower and limited range, and our singing voice is higher than our speaking voices.
So it’s a matter of learning to relax the vocal mechanism and use breath support to produce the sound, rather than trying to force our voice to do something which usually creates tension. A singer’s biggest enemy.
Consider the quality of singing voices of those who enter singing contests such as The Voice and American Idol. Out of them all – only a few really make it big.
After 14 successful seasons, American Idol has become one of the most successful singing shows in history.
According to one source, it is estimated that 100,000 people auditioned every season.
Among those, only the 10 best were chosen to battle it out for the coveted title.
Along the way we’ve observed many of the contestants not only rejected but publicly humiliated on national television.
These same people entered the competition thinking they had a shot, only to be told they can’t sing and shouldn’t sing by the tactful Simon Cowell.
In some ways, this could be seen as a bit humorous.
But as our hearts go out to such ones, it raises some questions:
1. Appreciate Your Unique Voice
Rather than just opening your mouth and trying to mimic someone else, you need to understand that everyone’s singing ability is unique.
Let’s face it, it’s unlikely that someone like Celine Dion could create the exact sound as Adele? Both are fantastic singers, but each has different strengths. I think you get the point.
A side note to mention: Did you know that Elvis Presley was told by his music teacher that he had no aptitude for singing? And we all know how that turned out. So yes, anyone can learn to sing, if they do the following:
2. Decide To Become A Better Singer
It’s going to take some work. Whether you are a decent singer or cannot hold a tune, you can very likely develop your voice through a knowledge of how we produce sound in the first place, along with learning and practicing basic techniques.
This becomes a habit with the goal of training ourselves to move from regular speaking voice to our higher singing voice.
So, How bad do you want it?
This basically means that you need to be fully committed. Albert Einstein once said, ”Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person”.
Getting back to the “failed” contestants on American Idol.The one outstanding quality in all of them is their faith in themselves. Although some of them have had their confidence shattered, others took the feed back and end up trying again the following season. So don’t give up!
3.Learn Proper Singing Techniques
Understand how the voice works by acquiring proper training. If those same contestants reentered the competition without knowing what they needed to work on and did not seek out advice and the skills needed to improve, what do you think the result will be? Are they insane?
Maybe. Insanity has been defined as repeating the same process (right or wrong) and expecting a different result.
What do you currently know about singing? Are you presently working with a vocal coach? Do you read books or immersed in programs to advance your vocal skills?
4.Set Realistic Goals
Keep in mind that most if not all famous singers have had professional training and have spent many hours practicing the tedious things that most people quickly get bored of and procrastinate.
If you develop the same passion and mental attitude, you too will eventually reach your goals. But, you must first set those goals.
Rather than expecting to increase your range in a month or less. Work on and master the basic skills like breathing, posture, etc…We’ll focus on that a little later.
These “little exercises” are like bricks that stack one on top of another, that will eventually form the entire building, so to speak. Make sure to continually and consistently stack every successful practice on top of the next. It’s only a matter of time.
5. Learn Your Singing Voice
Everyone has their own gift of creating sound. That’s how your loved ones identify you when you talk to them on the phone. It’s part of who you are.
Although you are unique, we are generally identified as having a specific range, with limits to that range. Is it easier for you to sing high notes, low notes, or are you somewhere in the middle?
We will cover identifying your singing voice in a later discussion. For now, just keep in mind how important it is to know where you are now, in order to set a benchmark for where you want to be.
6. Have fun with it!
Singing your favorite tune in the shower is natural for everyone.
But practicing mouth shape sounds, proper stance,
breathing and the overall discipline required in learning
the skills necessary can seem like work.
Because… it rightfully is! So why not make it fun?
One amusing suggestion is to view yourself in the mirror while you’re practicing. Some of the silly expressions and sounds you’ll come up with are bound to make you giggle. Not to mention belting into your hairbrush may unleash that inner rock star!
7. Measure Your Success
Record all your practice sessions in the first week. Leave it for a month or so.
Give it a little time. If you record too often, the little improvements may not be as evident and encouraging as allowing sufficient time.
It’s kinda like planting a seed and then digging it up every ten minutes to see if it is growing. In a week or a month, you will see much more noticeable results. After some time, record again.
If you are persistent, you will be thrilled with the results you’ll achieve, when comparing recordings.
Will there be room for improvement? Let’s put it this way. Micheal Jackson in his younger years (who is a pretty famous singer) was not allowed to do anything else after school until he practiced the exact same song and dance routines over and over to perfection.
Makes you wonder how he got to be so amazing! The point: Take action, take criticism, and continue improving. And You Will!
8. Sing From The Heart
It’s all about expression. Project your feelings into every song.
Learn what feelings the song is trying to convey.
Is it anger, a broken heart, or both?
Then make that connection with your audience.
Tell the story.That’s what separates an instrumental song from one with words. Take your favorite song and remove the story.
What’s missing? The person that is creating the feelings we are connecting with.
A singer can have all the technical skills in the world, but I would rather listen to a 5-year-old singing jingle bells from the heart than listen to someone who only accentuates technical skill with no feeling.
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