Can Anyone Learn to Sing?

Can anyone learn to sing? Can the voice be trained and improved? ..or is singing only for those blessed with the ability? Learn the facts and myths around learning to sing and if singing lessons can really help your vocals. Find out below:

So, can anyone sing?

Can you change your vocal range?

Your vocal range is determined by the size of your vocal folds. This will not change other than by the odd note if you happen to eat the wrong foods or get sick.

While we often applaud the vocal ranges of famous singers, your range is not an indication of talent or skill.

Can you change the timbre of your voice?

How your voice sounds is all down to the “chamber,” which carries the vibrations. In other words, the spaces inside your throat, mouth and nose.

Your physical makeup determines the timbre of your voice, and uniqueness is something to celebrate.

So can anyone learn to sing?

Yes! Anyone can learn to sing! With practise you can train your voice. While there are some things, as mentioned above, which you cannot change about your voice, singing is a skill and skills you can learn.

So why do some people appear to learn to sing more easily?

Often our ability to sing is linked to the confidence we have when we try. Growing up in a musical family is one factor that is heavily linked to “good singers” — just being in an environment where people are unafraid to sing helps.

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How you can learn to sing

But, what if you’re so bad at singing that you are too nervous to sing happy birthday?

Don’t worry, all is not lost. Your voice is an instrument; you just have to learn how to use it:

  1. Relax your vocal cords

    Most of us try to sing using our speaking voice. Our singing voice is usually higher. Learning to relax your vocal cords and make sounds rather than trying to make your voice ‘do something’ is the key.

  2. Identify your singing range

    Identifying your range is the first step; most of us don’t use anywhere near our full vocal range in everyday life.

  3. Practise singing

    Practising using your full range will train and stretch your vocal folds, making the higher and lower notes in your range easier to reach. Recording yourself can also help as it allows you to be [constructively] critical and set targets for continuous improvement.

  4. Take voice lessons to improve your voice

    Hiring a voice coach can help too, as they should be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses in order to create a plan to maximise your potential.

  5. Join a choir or singing group

    Most recreational choirs will have a range of abilities and directors should be set up to support anyone who is new to singing.

  6. Channel your passion

    Singing is about feeling. Sing songs you like and channel your passion into your voice; emoting as you sing will give your performance more depth and make you sound more believable. Play around with this when you are practising.

  7. Work with what you’ve got

    Don’t compare yourself to famous singers, don’t try to change the sound of your voice. Work with what you have and be realistic; while everyone can learn to sing, this doesn’t mean that everyone can sing to the same standard.

  8. Have fun leaning to sing!

    While it’s great to take the time to practise, don’t forget to sing for pleasure too.

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