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Can you learn to sing?

There are several theories about is it possible to learn to sing. Some people say you cannot if you are not ”born with that talent”, and it is useless to spent time on it.

Some people say it is possible to a certain extent if you take singing lessons and do regular voice exercises. I wanna share my experience on that topic.

I have always enjoyed singing and explored different sound colours but at the same time could not do many things with my voice , meaning some high, strong notes over C5.

After 4 years of choire and 2 years of individual classical voice training there were always some limitations and lack of more ”popular rich sound”.

So my main issue was :

  • how to sing high notes?
  • how to sing with power?
  • how to sing good in different styles
  • how to improve singing voice and be able to perform those difficult songs as Mariah Carey, Witney Houston, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin or Tina Turner do
  • which is a healthy sound and which is not?

Some might search for singing tips or online tutorials to find more help.

I say it’s useful if you have any vocal consciousness and have attended a few singing workshops.

Then you get more info about your condition and voice emission habbits and you can pick up the most efficient vocal warm up exercises among thousands of propositions.

Doing them spontaneously without any professional vocal coach can guide you in different ways, meaning either to help, or to hurt yourself. It also takes time to find the best set of exercises.

Therefore I would recomment to find a good teacher and invest a bit in the beginning to see faster improvement. Singing is a complex proces where respiratory system, the brain, phonation muscles and articulator muscles work together in a balanced way so that it produce a certain sound. That means we can train ourselves to have better coordination on each level.

And what about if you have major intonation problems? Some might say it’s not worth to invest time and money to deal with that. And some say it’s rather impossible.

Well acording to a practical research done by a Danish voice researcher Cathrine Sadolin we can learn to tune our voice by learning the right position of a vocal tract, by establishing a good neurological connection between the brain cells and voice muscles so that we can direct our vocal tract into the best and healthy setting which will help the vocal cords to vibrate in the right pitch.

Her study of practical work with volunteer singers on different levels who wanted to sing better and improve their vocal range gave an aswer of 52,4% people with very much improvement and 26,7% said it’s quite a lot. Than 13,3% experienced it helped moderately and only 5,5 said it’s just a bit help while 1,8% didn’t got any improvement at all. The method called Complete Vocal Technique has proven to be a very efficient and quick way of work these days.

Also older studies have shown that the Kodály Method improves intonation, rhythm skills, music literacy and the ability to sing in increasingly complex parts.

The best way to find out if can you sing better even with bad intonation is to start your education as soon as possible. You just have to see it for yourself. So start with individual vocal lessons and ask for a professional voice analysis, establish a goal and  realistic deadline and train yourself. You will see results and you will know how you feel. Another important thing is a good WHY you do this, that will keep stable motivation for everyday practice. Also beeing  in good physical shape helped me to establish a powerful voice which some of us forget or neglect. The more you work, the more consciousness of how your voice works you get, and it becomes easier to master it. The training may take a few months, a year or two depending on the point you start from and the point you wanna get. But the most important is how you learn and which educational canal do you use for establishing new vocal habbits. With a good singing teacher the proces is much quicker and thanks to that approach I’ve gained the best singing warm up exercises for myself and you can do that too!

Turning bad intonation habbits into good ones by proper individual tuning voice exercises means that you have made a huge progress and you are ready to try out more technical help also through online singing classes with different singing teachers. Each and one of them has something to offer you and online singing classess are as usefull as stationary. This way you can have access and give yourself the best singing education by collecting tools and tips from many teachers in the world.

And the tip I got for myself is to try and take what’s best and leave the rest. Be open to other approach and see if it’s good for you and the most important is BE PATIENT! This way you will learn faster.