Can anyone learn to sing in tune?
Is it true anyone can learn to sing? Well, there’s actually a lot more to this simple question than a “Yes!” or “No!” answer. If it were a question about whether anyone can learn the physical aspects required for singing, then it would be a simple YES – anyone can learn how to breathe correctly, create a resonant sound and build their range using the following techniques:
- Diaphragmatic Breathing
- Resonance and frequency placement
- Vowel modification
- Inhale and Hold technique
- Practical vowel sounds
If it were a question about the TECHNIQUE they were learning to sing with, then the answer would be a shaky “maybe” – as not all singing approaches are created equal. What works for a singer wanting to learn a breathy pop tone honestly wouldn’t work at all for a singer like me who sings ROCK with any sort of power – and on the flipside, if one was looking to get into the field of Opera, even though I did study with an Opera coach for a time, it wouldn’t be my forte – they would porbably end up sounding more like Chris Cornell than Pavarotti. The question you need to ask yourself if you’re currently taking lessons or following an online course are:
- Do they teach you how to support your voice with your breathing foundation?
- Have you learned about vowel modification (or in my case, vowel placement)?
- Are you learning to develop your placement?
- Have you been shown how to sing with MIDDLE or MIX voice?
- Are you learning to release strain as you ascend?
If not, then it’s likely your voice won’t develop much more over time – you need to support your voice with a healthy foundation and learn the PROPER techniques for building your range.
On a third note, if it was a question about APPLYING yourself to developing a great singing range, then the answer would probably be a flat no – if you don’t practice, you don’t respect the technique being taught, don’t follow your teacher’s instructions and generally just go at it “DIY” when you’ve been told otherwise, you’re not likely to improve anytime soon.
- Do you practice consistently?
- Do you follow the rules of your coach, or do you ‘cherry-pick’ techniques from different sources?
- Do you disregard the rules or push to get a ‘better’ or ‘heavier’ sound?
- Are you following a STEPS BASED approach like I teach here at BVS?
All these points will determine how well your voice takes to the techniques you’re learning – or whether you’re learning them properly at all.
I’m not a “singing guru”, so I don’t expect all my students to follow me blindly – but after 15 years I absolutely DO know my technique and how to teach, as well as the most efficient way to build your voice. If you think a different coach on YouTube has the answers you seek – then I reccomend seeking lessons with them instead. I will ONLY teach you healthy singing technique and build POWER in your voice using the right methods – it might take some time, and consistent practice, but your voice WILL build over time if you follow my steps.
No two approaches were created the same
When I first started learning to sing, I was taught by a female classical coach, who was an awesome singer, seriously amazing! Unfortunately, being a low baritone myself, and her a soprano, it was hard to find a crossover in the way that our voices developed – for example, she had never worked on the concept of “placement” because her voice was in the higher range naturally, whereas it is CRUCIAL for a bass or bari to learn about placement, so it wasn’t a concept she knew how to teach or put any weight behind. She tried her best, but I had to find the real answers to MY voice elsewhere. From this experience, I treat each student, each voice type, each range, and each STYLE completely differently – no single approach will work the same for two different singers!
No two VOICES are created the same
After coaching internationally for the last 7+ years, I understand that even two people with exactly the same voice type and range will experience DIFFERENT issues with their voice throughout their range – the voice might be the same, but the person controlling it is completely different: One might think “left” while the other thinks “right”, figuratively, resulting in two drastically different results.
You need to learn your own voice rather than trying to copy your favourite singer – they may not have the same range or voice type as you, not to mention that what you’re hearing isn’t necessarily what is really happening. Studio tricks aside, you’ll find that singing can be counterintuitive in nature, for example – you sing QUIETER when you sing with grit and distortion (this is because you’re trading resonance for an overtone), and you need to RELEASE as you go higher rather than create more pressure or power.
You need to APPLY yourself
It should go without saying, but I do meet the occasional student who just WON’T practice, or practices something completely different to what we’ve discussed in a previous lesson. In this case, I simply can’t help you – you need to build your foundation first before flying towards the sun, EVEN if you can get a ‘cooler’ or ‘thicker’ tone by pushing or straining – the singer who applies themself to the method they’re being taught will end up with FAR more range and a MUCH healthier voice than the one who simply goes for an easy cool tone instead of good technique.
Can anyone learn to sing in tune?
The answer is YES – the caveat being IF:
- They learn from a coach who understands their voice
- Learn a steps based method that builds a foundation first
- If you apply themselves to the technique and practice, practice, practice!
Can anyone learn to sing WELL?
Absolutely! If you apply yourself, and you learn the right techniques:
- Diaphragmatic breathing
- Vowel modification
- Release, release, release!
Are you ready to start building your own powerful singing voice? You can book a session with me personally be clicking on the Skype booking calendar to your right!
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Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.