Can Anyone Learn To Sing? [The Answer is Frustrating]
There's so many 'natural' singers out there who didn't take singing lessons, but have a massive vocal range and have enjoyed a professional career that it's easy to think that not everyone can be a great singer - Freddie Mercury, Adele, Paul Rodgers, Ray Charles; these amazing singers obviously all naturally held "the gift" of singing that the rest of us only dream of.
So with this in mind - Can Anyone Learn To Sing?
I guess there's really two sides to this coin, as I've actually stood firmly in both camps at various points in my life - someone who was an awful singer, and now as someone enjoys a career as a professional singer.
If you look at my story personally, then it's obvious that if a guy like me who strained and struggled for so many years could finally turn the corner and build a pro voice (to the point that my booking calendar as a voice coach is now booked out weeks and weeks in advance), then absolutely ANYONE can build a great voice with time, practice and...
...here's where the answer to the simple question - can anyone learn how to sing, becomes really frustrating;
The Right Approach.
I say this, because I actually took singing lessons for over ten years myself, and actually spent over $15,000 on courses, books and lessons over this time while seeing very little improvement in my singing - if I had just given up at this point, then the answer to the question would have seemed like an obvious NO.
But I didn't give up - I started singing SMARTER instead of HARDER.
Obviously, what I was doing wasn't working for me - exercises after exercises, drills after drills. So, I started questioning EVERYTHING I was shown, every new piece of information I came across, every new technique or tip that was supposedly going to change my life as a singer or be the answer to my prayers - If I didn't understand it, then I didn't waste my time with it.
I recently detailed in this exclusive singing lesson just how lucky I was to find a singing teacher who took my goals seriously - not just their own safe classical singing, but my own desires to sing rock with POWER and INTENSITY and FREEDOM.
Practicing lip trills all day for the years prior to this life changing experience really yielded little, if any results at all - but just a few short weeks of practicing Lip Trills with the right intention, and with the express goal of developing mixed voice absolutely changed my life as a singer who struggled for years with strain and tension.
So with the previous ineffective approach to singing - there was no way I was ever going to be a great singer.
But with this simple approach to the fundamentals of singing - it has facilitated my ability and goal to become a professional singer.
Can you see what I'm getting at?
Technically - anyone can learn how to sing. But, the answer to the question "can anyone learn how to be a great singer" is really fraught with so many variables such as the approach they choose, their dedication and attitude to learning, self accountability among others really makes it a slipperly slope where you could potentially spend YEARS practicing exercises and concepts in the wrong way and thwarting your own progress - or, you could really focus on the base fundamentals and see outstanding progress with a little work and dedication.
How to REALLY Sing Better
If I had to choose just one thing I could tell my 20 year old self about how to sing better, it would really be to focus on my Foundation - in particular, The Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- "All In One Flow"
- Mixed Tonality
If I had focused all those years I tried trying to sing with "Cry" and "Edge" and instead focused on my fundamentals by way of The Four Vocal Fundamentals - I would have seen an incredible amount of progress.
The Four Vocal Fundamentals really are life changing for any singer who applies themselves to this simple but POWERFUL approach: