Everyone can Sing
Everyone can sing. Everyone can also sing better than they do at their present level. No matter what the starting point, everyone has the capacity to improve. There is a common misconception that you can either sing or you can’t . But the voice can easily be approached as the instrument it is, and you can train your voice a you would any other instrument. You will have fun learning how to sing if you’re both patient with yourself and are willing to work hard.
Too many people give up when they don’t immediately get the results they want. The best artists are able to achieve both a sense of dedication and real enjoyment in studying and learning. The process is often more rewarding than the end result. Great singing is a combination of good vocal health and technique, the ability to connect emotionally to your song, and experience. Nobody achieves those goals overnight. It takes time and effort, but every singer will tell you it’s worth it.
Singing is challenging, but it has the capacity to change people’s lives. It can be a delicate balancing act between extreme focus and total abandon. Letting go of inhibitions is frightening for most people, and singing can make you feel both silly and vulnerable if you judge yourself. Many times people feel exposed and humiliated by a bad vocal sound but wouldn’t at all mind making the same mistakes in learning piano or guitar. Fortunately, this trepidation is more than matched by the excitement you’ll feel when you sing well.
Singing is exciting and it takes a large dose of courage to overcome its challenges. Let part of your time be spent learning the technical aspects that will allow you to depend on your voice, but also explore the story of each song you sing. If you make that story an important thing to communicate whatever you sing, you’ll have an appreciative audience. And, finally you can copy other singers at times to get the feel of a certain style, but ultimately you should learn to love your own voice and its unique sound and personality. Your individuality is your greatest gift and source of artistic power.
Have fun and happy singing!
Vocal Coach and Director, Nathaniel School of Music