Why You CAN’T Teach Yourself How To Sing!

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Why You CAN’T Teach Yourself How To Sing! —
Singing is a skill that is ideally passed on in a community setting. But because this is so rare, most of us need personalized training so we can learn how a well energized and free voice feels like. Singing well is about learning to coordinate all of the physical elements of singing along the the music and textual demands, which is why most professionals and aspiring pros see a voice teacher or coach. If you practice the best method without understanding physically how things are supposed to feel, you will only be practicing your bad habits!

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9 thoughts on “Why You CAN’T Teach Yourself How To Sing!

  1. Are you talking to ‘Everyone’ here?
    I think there are singers out there who have just managed to ….. sing. Really, really, really well.
    There are amazing singers out there (many of them) who sing quite astoundingly well through a natural understanding.  Many become hugely successful and then take coaching for areas of their performance that are less natural to/for them.
    Some people really need to learn how to narrate, also.  Others just find that quite natural to them and never sound shrill and awkward.  Some need coaching others need less, some need none.
    THAT is the reality.

  2. Dracule Mihawk says:

    This statement is true & not true!
    It entirely depends on the individual, and it is like everything else.

    Someone may be able to learn something right the first time they do it. Someone may need a bit of practice. Someone may take a lot of practice. And someone… may never even learn it.
    Naturals can be found when it comes to anything, may it be a soccer/football player or singer, we all have seen it.

  3. Shelby Moyle says:

    Thank you for sharing this! People think you can just automatically sing if you are actually a good singer. That is completely incorrect. It takes years of training to hone the skills necessary to become a great singer. There is so much to singing, and people don’t realize that. If you aren’t good on your first try… that’s the reason why. People expect it to be instant, but that just isn’t possible. With the guidance of a trainer, and daily correct practice, you can build your ability to sing. But if you don’t practice every day, or if you’re singing incorrectly, you won’t see results; not because you’re not a good singer, but because not enough effort is being put in, or your effort isn’t effective because the techniques are incorrect (like you were saying). It is very important to have a trainer. All professional singers have a trainer they work with.

  4. Vocal Splendor Studios says:

    Singing is a skill that is ideally passed on in a community setting. But because this is so rare, most of us need personalized training so we can learn how a well energized and free voice feels like. Singing well is about learning to coordinate all of the physical elements of singing along the the music and textual demands, which is why most professionals and aspiring pros see a voice teacher or coach. If you practice the best method without understanding physically how things are supposed to feel, you will only be practicing your bad habits!

  5. David Brown says:

    Valerie, I have sung as a choral singer for many years in both the U.S. and Europe.  I had some voice lessons in college and later.  In all my lessons with four different teachers, I never gained an understanding of vocal technique like I have in the past few days watching videos online.  I am especially thankful for a series of older videos by the Canadian tenor Edward L. Johnson.  In 13 lessons, he gives a great foundation in Bel Canto technique.  And I am enjoying videos by you and others that offer new insights that I never learned in my years of choral singing or the various lessons. 

    In the past few days I have learned that a good vibrato is 5-6 cycles per second, a chief difference between head voice and falsetto is the use of compression, and the use of lips trills as vocal exercises. I have been told by an online teacher (in a video) that singing is a miracle, don’t lose your joy or passion, and don’t let people tell you that you can’t sing.

    Frankly, I just remember my voice lessons as very frustrating times where I could shape a tone in a million different ways.  One teacher told me that I had a tremelo (which I l now know is a fluxuation in volume), and seemed to use the term as an insult.  She told me that it was not my destiny to be a singer, and not to use her name as a reference. (My lessons with her were early in the morning after a one hour drive, and I always felt frazzled!) 

    On the contrary, everywhere I sing (pub, restaurant, etc) people have told me that I have a great voice. The other day I made $125 for an hour of singing, and last year I had 100+ performances. I have never had a voice teacher who really believed in me, encouraged me, or seemed to get what I was trying to do with my life. And I am supposed to pay $50 an hour (or more) for this service?

    There have been times in my life when I have had $500 lying around and could have invested in more lessons.  But I was never convinced that it could help me, that  there would be a sufficient return on my investment, or that I would retain my sanity in the end.  And now I don’t have $500 (or $20,000?) lying around.  So I am doing the best that I can.  I have restarted my professional singing recently, and I have another 20 engagements booked.

    If I am rehearsing 2-3 hours a day and learning as much as I can, what good will spending money (that I can’t afford) do me?

    Thanks for your videos!!!

  6. Thanks Valerie for the free training videos. I hope to learn more from you. I want to become a good singer someday 🙂

  7. Darren Kincaid says:

    ok so i played football all my life and i learnt how to become a great footballer by doing what i showing. which is addentical to wat teachers on youtube do. going to a lesson and doing it over youtube seems no bloody different to me!

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