Singing is one of the most natural things in the world. But, developing a strong, adept voice takes work! —good training, focus, and regular practice.
Despite what many singers believe—the voice doesn’t just happen. The sound of your voice is the result of many things, most of which you have a lot of control over. The bottom line is this: Unless you have a serious physical malady, you are in charge of your voice.
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Some Things You Can’t Change
It’s true that you are born with certain physical structures that determine some acoustical aspects of your sound. But for 99% of us we can significantly improve that sound with training. It’s also true that your natural musical ability may be strong… or weak. It’s the same with art, drawing, math or sports. It’s what makes people unique.
Cultural and Family Influences
For better or for worse, you were effected by the cultural environment and family where you were raised. That can effect your starting point, but any area of weakness can become an area of strength with the right training and coaching, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
The Good News: the Biggest Influence on Your Voice Is… You.
After considering the above areas, the success of your voice still comes down to you. Your voice is your responsibility. It doesn’t just happen. You are in charge!
In fact, once you recognize what areas aren’t working well (breathing, tone, diction, expression, pitch accuracy etc.) you can charge in with very specific training. It’s no different than the person who wants to play a sport, be an accountant, be a good salesman or anything else. Some people do it naturally while others have to work very hard at it. But, that’s life and the journey is worthwhile.
Let Singing Be Fun, Not An Obsession
Singing shouldn’t be an all-or-nothing experience. You don’t have to be a professional (make a living at it) for it to be worthwhile. In fact, singing is a mentally and physically healthy expression that babies and children take to naturally because… it is natural. What’s more, singing is fun. It let’s you express something deep inside while exercising many areas of your body, mind and spirit. Many of the most fulfilled singers I know have a job to pay the bills, and sing simply because they love to sing. Those who are nervously trying to turn every note into income are often so frustrated by the process they give up the joy of singing altogether, which is very sad.
Do your best at what you love—That is the point!
At Vocal Coach we never tell you you’ll be the best singer in the world, with the highest range, biggest audience and have the ability to win every contest. We do offer you a way to take your voice from where it is, to the next step of excellence. Our singers sing almost every style imaginable, and our speakers, teachers and actors use their voices to share critical information, year after year. They do it well and enjoy the process. That’s our goal for you, too.