Can You Sing?
What? Yes. Of course you can sing.
That’s my typical response. Why do people ask me if they can sing. Unless they’ve texted the question to me, my answer is always the same. Incredulity. Unbelief that I’m being asked again.
I’ve coached many singers. I know there are incredible difficulties some bring to the table when they begin, but the answer still remains the same. The biggest impediment to a person feeling like they can sing is…them feeling like they can’t sing. Sounds simplistic, but it’s true. The biggest roadblock to singing is the belief that “I can’t”.
Sounds like self-help cheerleading doesn’t it? But there is science behind this. And the science isn’t that deep.
Try this exercise: read the following sentences aloud.
1. I have lips, a tongue, and a larynx.
2. I can sing better than I think I can.
3. I will never say “I can’t” again.
Well done. Ok. Some questions.
Did sound come out of your mouth? If your answer was “yes” then you are well on your way to success.
Are you awaiting surgery that would impede the function of your tongue or larynx? If your answer was “no” then you’ve passed the test with flying colors. Congratulations!
The rest is simply managing the mind’s approach to singing. Sure, it may take some time, but the quicker you start believing, the quicker you’ll be able to sing. Good luck!
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