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Can You Learn How to Sing?

Have you ever wondered if you can learn how to sing? It’s easier than you think if you just approach it with the right frame of mind.

I firmly believe and have for years that almost everybody has the ability to sing somewhere inside of them. The difficult part is drawing out your natural ability. Many people think “I can’t do that” but in fact they can and not only that, but could do it very well if they were to give themselves half a chance.

The biggest thing a person has to overcome when they’re learning how to sing is to be in control of their level of shyness. This could be roughly translated to ‘stagefright’. You see, most people at some level are afraid of looking silly when they try to sing. They’re afraid that they may not be hitting the correct notes or that they may be singing out of tune or whatever. They may be afraid that they’re being judged negatively by anyone that may be listening.

To that end I say that the first thing you have to do when learning to sing is to own it. You literally have to drop all of your fears and inhibitions and just start doing it. Granted it may not be perfect the first few times around but what it will do is give you a fair playing field to base your judgements on. It’s simply not fair to say to yourself that you can’t sing that high, when the reality is that your simply not trying hard enough because you’re afraid of doing it wrong or having your note crack. You really have to own what you’re doing when you’re singing. Loud and proud is what I always say. Your inhibitions will actually inhibit your singing!

Also you need to recognize that even your singing idols have the ability to sound bad. When you listen to a song on the radio it’s produced to perfection. Singing in your living room doesn’t offer that luxury. So it’s a little unfair to compare yourself to your favorite song on the radio.

A few years ago there was a video circulating of Brittany Spears singing in her car and the general reactions to it  (that I have read) were that she was terrible! Well, like her or not, we all know that she’s not terrible and is in fact very talented. When she’s doing what she’s good at she’s second to none in the entertainment industry and has the track record to prove it.

This brings me to my next point. When you’re learning how to sing it’s a wise move to find the type of music you sing best and start with that, expanding your repertoire as you learn. The funny thing about human nature is that we have a tendency to want do things we may not be naturally suited to, and completely ignore or simply not recognize what we are good at. When it comes to singing and music in general this seems to be especially true. For example, you may wish to sing country music but maybe are better at opera. (really?) It’s just an example.

The point is that there is some type of singing that will come to you more easily than other singing will. Experiment with different songs and be honest with yourself regarding your execution of that song. You’ll know because it will just feel right and be more effortless that another song may be.

When most people want to learn how to sing they immediately become concerned with range and the ability to sing high. It’s pretty hard to argue that this is not worth striving for but I will say this… Don’t let a super high range become your immediate concern when you’re learning. Yeah it’s cool to have a high range but it’s certainly not the end of the world if you don’t have it. There are tons of singers out there that do not have high ranges yet are awesome all the same. What it really should come down to is pitch and tuning. If you can hit all the high notes but are out of tune the rest of the time, well… You’re just not doing a good job of the song. Learn to sing in tune and work on getting the high notes and you’ll be fine.

High notes can be easier to achieve than you might think. The key is learning to relax and find an easy way to actually hit the note, and then find a way to work it into the song. I’ve always sort of felt that most of us can hit high notes. You need to experiment with different sounds for high notes. Can you imitate a siren for example? Maybe a dog whimpering? It sounds kind of silly but if you think about, those sounds are higher than what many singers have in their range, but most of us can do it and without even trying really. Learning to harness that power to use in a song is the trick to singing high.

It’s a weird concept for sure but I can tell you it’s helped me improve my range over the last year or so and I”ve proven it to myself that when you think about things a little differently, it can become easier to learn.

Do still wonder if you can learn how to sing? You can, you know. Be willing to change the way you think about learning and pay attention to the different sounds you can already naturally make and you’re on your way. Experiment with noises, make them louder and quieter and try to find the easiest way to do it. Soon you’ll be singing up a storm!

Ian Kurz is a singer/guitarist and is the owner of the website where he provides tips and tricks to help you learn how to sing. Don’t forget to check out his page on how to sing better when you visit.

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