The 3 myths I’m about to describe are technically excuses, but many people I meet truly believe in one or more of these misconceptions. However, I’ve witnessed time and time again that they are NOT accurate in the least with a handful of voice lessons. From the top, here we go!
1. “I Can’t Sing or Carry a Tune”
Yes, you can! Everyone who has working vocal cords and adequate hearing is born to speak and sing. If you choose not to sing and shy away from it, that is one thing. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t sing. More than likely, you simply never learned how. Most people have no formal training in voice. It would be like trying to lift something heavy when you’ve never used your biceps before. The muscle would be weak. Same thing in singing: Your voice is a regenerative muscle that you can learn to stretch and strengthen. If you strengthen your voice, do you think your tone will be flabby or strong? It will be strong! Voice lessons give you the tools to improve your tone quality. It isn’t just for certain people. It’s for ALL people and it’s for you. Your voice is a powerful, signature part of you. Unless you’ve sustained significant vocal damage, use your voice and trust it. It works!
2. “I Can’t Sing On Key”
Ah yes, those pesky pitch issues! Listen, the ears have to be trained to hear and match pitch. This is a brain-ear connection thing. Your brain has to register the pitch by taking the time to listen. Really listen. When you get skilled, the listening happens in a split second. But if you trust yourself, your brain is registering pitch and your ear is hearing pitch in a split second. You have the natural ability to recognize when pitches are ascending or descending. And you also have the ability to hear when someone is off-pitch! When a person is singing flat or sharp, it sounds dissonant because the pitch is out of alignment with the exact frequency of that pitch. Every pitch has a specific frequency. If you sing above or below that exact frequency, it will sound off and you can hear it. Pitch is largely a trust and breath support issue. One that is easily resolved with some voice lessons and a little practice!
3. “I Don’t Have Any Talent”
Singing isn’t exclusively about talent. While it’s true that some people have a greater aptitude than others or a more musical ear, I would say that singing is more about the joyful desire to learn, grow and express yourself! If you have this burning desire (or secret desire) inside of you, it will fuel you to absorb the technical knowledge and apply it with laser focus. You will become a ninja and no one will see you coming! And I would say that an ability to transform yourself and go from nothing to something is true talent indeed. Everyone has their own unique talents, musical or otherwise. So you don’t have to possess artistic talent to make this world a better place…or to sing. If you have the inspired heart to apply yourself, you’re more than halfway there!
Sing because it’s good for your soul; because it makes you happy!