Updated: Sep 2
Over the last couple of weeks, I've had a lot of people come into the studio for Introductory Lessons.
I absolutely love these sessions, because it gives me a chance to get to know new people, understand them and their singing goals and find ways that I can help them become the singer they want to be. Introductory Lessons are the beginning of learning to sing at Southern Voice Studio, and most people find it's a great way to get started and understand my teaching process.
But there's something I've been hearing quite often lately from new singers. It usually sounds something like; "I'm actually really bad at singing. I don't know if I'm good enough for lessons."
Before I go on and give you 3 reasons this isn't something you should be concerned about, let me tell you this:
You are good enough for singing lessons.
If you are someone that worries you're not good enough for lessons, your reply is probably something like, "I don't know, you haven't heard me sing yet." Don't worry about that - I actually don't have to hear you sing to know that you are good enough. Let me unpack this for you.
Reason #1 - There's No Such Thing as 'Not Good Enough'
I mean, what would good enough be anyway? Natural talent? A good sense of pitch? Confidence? Ruling the stage at your local karaoke night? Getting on The Voice? Being a global superstar?
It's all a matter of opinion. So, here's my opinion - you can learn to sing if you have the ability to make noise with your mouth. Basically, the ability to make mouth noise makes you good enough.
"But I'm tone deaf," I hear you say.
Yep, you can learn to pitch as well. All you need for that is the ability to hear. This is something I go into more detail on an older blog post titled 'Do You Need to Be Talented to Learn to Sing?' Spoiler alert: the answer is 'no'. You can read the full post here.
As a side note, you can still sing without the ability to hear - deaf choirs are totally a thing! It looks different, but it's awesome.
Other people might tell you differently, but as far as I'm concerned there's not a single person who is 'not good enough' to learn to sing.
Reason #2 - I Am Here to Help You Learn
There's a really common question that I get asked all the time by my friends, family or even people I've just met. It's something like "What do you do if a student comes in and they're absolutely hopeless?"
Firstly, no one is 'hopeless'. Like I said before, anyone who can make mouth noises and hear stuff has the ability to learn to sing. After I explain this, the question changes. "But what do you do if they're really, really bad?"
The answer is this: I do my job. I am here to help people become better singers regardless of their starting point. If a singer starts out and they're absolutely fantastic naturally, that's great. If they're not as good naturally, that's also great.
I like to call the studio a judgement-free zone for a reason. I'm not here to judge anyone on their voice (or anything else, for that matter.) When people sing in the studio, there is only one thought going through my mind - what can we do to help this person sound better when they sing?
Regardless of where you start out, the goal is to help you sound better than before. And the more progress you make, the better you sound. It really doesn't matter how good or bad you are when you first start learning to sing - what matters is that everyone has the ability to improve, and even the slightest improvements add up over time. One day you'll be able to look back and see how far you've come.
Reason #3 - Vocal Technique!
I absolutely love vocal technique, because I know just how much difference it has made for me. My voice has improved a lot since I first started singing and that's thanks to technique and practice.
The beauty of technique is that it's purely mechanical. Vocal technique will work for anyone with a human body (and considering you're reading this, I'm going to go ahead and assume you have one of those.) There are vocal techniques for every aspect of singing. If I find that there's something I can't do, I don't give up. I just find out what the technique is and learn it.
This is fantastic news for people who worry that they're not good enough for lessons, because it means that you can learn all the techniques! They will help you improve your voice.
This is why technique is a major focus in every singing lesson. I have a step-by-step technique pathway that gives you all the tools you need to be able to sing in a number of different contemporary styles. You can take it as slow as you need to make sure that you understand every technique and can use it both in exercises and in songs. Once you're comfortable with a technique, you move onto the next one.
As you move through the pathway, singing becomes easier, you gain more control over your voice and you are able to slowly transform into the singer you've always wanted to be.
Want to get started with Singing Lessons? I offer a Free Introductory Lesson for new singers! Click the link to get started.