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Think You Can't Sing? You Were Born to Sing

Updated on February 18, 2017
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Respected vocal coach and professional singer, Audrey Hunt lays it on the line when it comes to the responsibility of singing.

Author's former student, Kristin McNamara, televisions American Idol contestant.
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Do You Think You Can't Sing?

So you think you can't sing. You can't carry a tune in a bucket. Well, you're not alone. You've joined the masses that have convinced themselves they cannot sing. In fact the number one fear among people is the fear of public speaking and singing. Even before death we fear singing and speaking in public.

I'm glad you're here. You've come to the right place. As a vocal teacher for over 35 years I've proven time after time that if you can speak - you can sing. While living in Hawaii I was inspired to record what became the #1 singing instruction program, Anyone Can Sing. Why was this instruction program so popular? I believe it's because the title confirms that you, your aunt Rosie and the entire neighborhood can in fact sing.

The big reason you think you can't sing has to do with perception. If you're told you have a terrible voice or fail an audition for the school choir you perceive such experiences to be true. Then you clam up and swear you'll never sing again.

Why You Think You Can't Sing

Singing makes a person happy. It's as simple as that. It's also a great way to express yourself. Singing is your birthright. You are born to sing. If you identify with any part of the list given below, it's time to erase that old negative dialogue.

  1. You were told you can't sing. Whether this statement came from a parent, teacher, friend or otherwise, it's completely rediculous and untrue. Still, you buy into this false belief. You are robbed of a lifetime of the joy of singing.

  2. At one time or another you witness others laughing at a person singing. You are embarrassed and vow to never let this happen to you.

  3. Thinking that your voice should sound like your favorite singer, you are unable to duplicate the same sound which leads you to believe you can't sing. Big mistake!

  4. The fear of being judged negatively or laughed at imprisons your voice so you save your singing for the shower.

  5. You've recorded your voice and hate the way it sounds.

  6. You compare your voice to others. You think you'll never sing that well.

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You Can Sing. Fact or Fiction?

Each of the above reasons for thinking that you can't sing can be changed to knowing you can sing. This is the first step. You deserve a decent singing voice. Believe in yourself.

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have. So what are you feeding it? Are you allowing your mind to swallow fact or fiction? Well here's a thought:

  • Fiction - Singing is a gift given to a selected few. You either sing with a beautiful voice or you sound terrible.

  • Fact - We are born with all the tools needed in order to sing. We all have vocal chords, a breathing system, and resonation chambers which produce sound. Singing requires all three.

Take a minute to examine whether your present thinking about your singing is true or false.

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The vocal folds/cords. | Source

Vocal Lessons Help Reduce the Fear of Singing

Vocal lessons teach us how to make the most of our voice.  Education reduces fear and boosts confidence.
Vocal lessons teach us how to make the most of our voice. Education reduces fear and boosts confidence. | Source

Solutions For Thinking You Can't Sing

Starting with the first reason you doubt your ability to sing, a solution will be given. Read each one carefully and remain open to the possibilities. Your reaction may be, "this is stupid and doesn't apply to me," or "this makes perfect sense - hooray!"

  • You were told you can't sing. This is completely rediculous and untrue. Still, you buy into this false belief. You are robbed of a lifetime of the joy of singing.

Who told you that you can't sing? A parent, sibling, friend, teacher or another singer? Why are they judging your voice in the first place. Is this person an expert on singing? What is this person's agenda? A person may not like your voice for a hundred different reasons (most of which is there own stuff,) but it doesn't mean you can't sing.

Find a private place and begin making musical sounds. Accept whatever you hear without judging or being critical. Feel the energy of the sound coursing through your body. Repeat these sounds again and again. Experiment with different emotions: happy, sad, excited, anger, passionate.

  • You witness others laughing at someone singing. You are embarrassed and vow to never let this happen to you.

This is your low level of self-esteem directing your thinking. It hasn't happened and probably never will. Dismiss this type of self-sabotage now.

Picture yourself on stage singing to a large audience. You are filled with confidence and full of excitement. Everyone loves your voice and the message you deliver through the lyrics of the songs you sing. They can't get enough of your showmanship and vocals.

  • Thinking that your voice should sound like your favorite singer, you are unable to duplicate the same sound which leads you to believe you can't sing. Big mistake!

Most of us learn a new song by duplicating the recorded singing voice. While this is fine in one respect, it's not so good in another. As we sing along to the lyrics we are imitating the original singer instead of singing with our own natural style and voice. To make things worse, people not knowing any better, tend to judge a person's singing ability by how well they can duplicate the original artist. I insist that my vocal students find and use their own original, unique sound.

Discover your own unique and special voice. Start by singing an easy song that you really like. It can be a hymn, Christmas carol, folk song or even Happy Birthday to You. Try singing different ways allowing your voice to take liberties and soar.

  • The fear of being judged negatively or laughed at imprisons your voice so you save your singing for the shower.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The antidote to fear is knowledge." To eradicate your own fear you must face it - again and again. I grew up singing publicly most of my younger years. This was great preparation for my professional career as a singing entertainer. I faced my fears repeatedly until singing in front of others became a natural, exciting experience.

Learning all you can about the human voice places you in a more comfortable, confident position. When you know you're singing correctly, fear diminishes and you actually sound better. Take some lessons. Start singing for others: elderly, sick people, babies, etc. Join a community or church group or choir. There is safety in numbers.

  • You've recorded your voice and hate the way it sounds.

Unfortunately we grow up hearing everything but the sound of our own voice. When we finally hear it for the first time, we are in shock and probably denial. This is true for both the singing and speaking voice. It took me some time before I accepted my speaking voice. It took me even long to accept my singing voice.

One reason for hating the sound of our voice has to do with the way we hear. When people hear themselves on a recording, they tend to think they sound 'nasal', 'shrill', etc... The fact is, we simply don't hear the highest elements of our own voices- the shape of the skull and placement of the ears guarantee this. (www.quora.com)

The more we work with the sound of our voice, the more we will accept it.

  • Comparing your voice to others

Most of us compare our voices to other singers at one time or the other. When we do this, we are judging ourselves. There's no one worse to judge. And we aren't capable of judging our own singing anyhow which is why we depend on a vocal teacher. Comparing our own singing to someone else's voice is the #1 reason we dislike our singing.

Instead of comparing yourself and your singing to others, which is irrelevant and inaccurate, continue to improve on becoming a new and improved version of yourself. No one in this world can do a better job of singing your own unique sound than you. I love this quote, " Michelangelo said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

Your Voice Will Soar as You Sing With Freedom

Free your own unique vocal sound.  Avoid all judgment about how you sound.  Sing with joy!
Free your own unique vocal sound. Avoid all judgment about how you sound. Sing with joy! | Source

Summing it all up

Singing is an expression of self love. You were born to sing whether you know it or not. You may not like your voice regardless of what you've read here. But you do have all the tools you need to sing. So sing. You simply have to use these tools and give yourself a chance to accept your singing sound. Whether "Happy Birthday" is your choice of song or an aria from Verdi's
"La Traviata," it's all singing.

We are all unique in personality and looks. Each of us is different. This difference makes it possible to recognize each other. Our singing should be unique as well and not a copy of someone else.

Discover your own voice. Listen to the sound without judgment. The more you hear your singing voice the sooner you will become use to it and accept the sound. Working with a vocal coach will help you sound your best. The better your vocal technique - the better your singing will be.

Let go of any and all negative thoughts about your singing. Refuse to give your vocal power to someone else. You, and only you, are instilled with this power.

Sing, little bird, sing.

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      Nithya Venkat 20 months ago from Dubai

      I sing along when I hear my favorite song. As you say if we keep singing we will get used to listening to our singing voices. When I record and listen to my voice it does sound different! Your hub inspires me to keep singing, thank you for sharing this.

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      Glenn Stok 20 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I guess I'm glad that I never got negative feedback from friends. I know I'm no professional, but people tell me I can keep a tune. That's really all it takes. I have recorded myself and I think that listening to oneself is a good way to improve. I sing Karaoke and many times I sing at home just to feel good. You hub is an inspiration to keep singing.

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      Mary Hyatt 20 months ago from Florida

      I sang when I was younger: choir, glee clubs, even solos at friend's weddings, etc., but over the years I have just stopped singing!

      Your Hub has inspired me to start singing again; thanks.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      When you want to learn something, learn from a pro. That's what I do when I read one of your articles. I know I can sing....not as powerfully as I once did, but I can sing. Natural? or Environment? I grew up in a family of singers....but I really don't know the answer to that question. I just know I love singing.

      blessings and hugs

      bill

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      I'm singing right now thanks to your encouragement!

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      Susan Deppner 20 months ago from Arkansas USA

      In grade school, my husband was told to just mouth the words of the song, so he's thought for all his life that he can't sing. That story made me very sad for him when I first heard it. The good news is that he sings more and more with each passing year and I love hearing his voice! Neither of us will ever be a star, except to each other and that's what matters. Thanks for the encouragement!

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Audrey, I always loved to sing as a kid, but once for a school production of "Oliver" we had to practice the songs and the music teacher walked up behind and listened to each person ...out of about 20 children she told myself and four others that we had to mime the songs on stage because we couldn't hold a tune well enough. That has stayed with me and I will very rarely attempt to sing in public. I did so at my son's wedding reception when they had a karaoke...but that's it. Good helpful and encouraging hub.

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      Shauna L Bowling 20 months ago from Central Florida

      I sing all the time, whether it's to the radio or a Capella. My mom and I can both carry a tune, however my dad and sister sing flat and off-key. Yes, they have the physical capabilities to sing, but not the pitch. Wouldn't that fall under one of the reasons why a person can't sing? Can it be corrected?

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      Jill Spencer 20 months ago from United States

      Reading your hub makes me realize how much I miss singing in a choir. Singing in the car and around the house just isn't the same as singing with others. I do miss it.

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      Certified Noob 20 months ago

      Excellent hub . I sing because I like to sing. It does not really matter what other people think about my singing abilities. Fortunately most of them seem ok with it. Nobody asks me to shut up which I won't even if they ask me to :).

      Up voted and polled .

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      drbj and sherry 20 months ago from south Florida

      This is so inspiring, Audrey, I vow to sing more often - even if it is only to myself. Mi, mi, mi, mi.

      BTW, why do singers often use that syllable when warming up their voices? If they are professionals, why not dough, dough, dough? Just wonderin'.

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      Audrey Hunt 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Vellur - I so appreciate what you've written here. It's nice to receive a confirmation that in time we do get used to our singing sound. Thanks a lot!

      Glenn Stok - It's great to hear that you haven't had any bad feedback when you sing. This is so important when it comes to singing with confidence. I love that you're engaging in Karaoke. I'll bet your fans look forward to the nights you perform.

      Recording your singing is so important for constant vocal development - glad you do this Glenn. Keep up the great work. Thank you for your kind comments.

      Audrey

      mary615 - I'm very happy to hear that my hub has inspired you to get back to singing. Hooray! Your sweet doggie will love to hear you sing. I sing to mine all the time.

      Thank you for your kind vote up,across and for sharing.

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      WillStarr 20 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "While living in Hawaii I was inspired to record what became the #1 singing instruction program, Anyone Can Sing."

      Did I miss that? Where can we get it?

      Great Hub, Audrey! Voted up!

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      Genna East 20 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I always enjoy your hubs, Audrey, and learn so much from them. I hum and sing a little -- almost every day. It lifts my spirits when they need lifting, and I find that it lightens the load, so to speak. It's amazing what music from within can achieve. :-) Voted up and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Audrey,

      You inspire and encourage ...I sing everyday and can't imagine not singing even though I may be off key, I still love it as it makes me happy. I especially love singing to my precious grandchildren and singing songs with them too. It brings a lot of joy in this life.

      I believe I told once before about the time I heard my voice on the answering machine ...yikes! LOL It was like torture and I felt bad for all ...

      Up ++++ and sharing everywhere

      Blessings and hugs always

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      Marlene Bertrand 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

      When I was a band leader for a local church it was hard to recruit people to join the band. I would tell people, "If you can talk you can sing." I think people just need to believe in themselves and just sing. It took a while but I finally built the band to 15 people who listened and sang like beautiful birds.

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      William F Torpey 20 months ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Good advice. Excellent Hub. I sing virtually every day -- always have. As you can tell by my avatar Bing Crosby is/was my ideal. I often sang "White Christmas" at friends' parties and sang two or three times at karaoke. Singing certainly does lift ones spirits.

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      North Wind 20 months ago from The World (for now)

      Such an interesting hub! I used to sing all the time and then I heard my own voice and everything changed. I hated the sound of it and could not get over it. I began to believe that everyone who told me I could sing was lying. Now I barely sing and if I do I do it when I am alone. If someone asks me to sing a song so that they can recognize it, I usually do it in a silly way so that they can not decide whether I can sing or not. It is weird, I know but you are right I should get over it. I used to love singing. Not in front of people that much but just with myself.

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      WillStarr 20 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I found "Anyone Can Sing" by Audrey Hunt! I think I'll get the CD instead of downloading.

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      Rose Clearfield 20 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Fantastic job as always! Nothing makes me sadder than hearing someone say that he thinks that he doesn't sing well. I truly believe that it's a skill that anyone can (and should) learn.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I went to a yard sale this week and found an old song book, ( Great songs of the church ) and I bought it for one purpose only, to practice singing. I heard my voice Sunday morning at church and it was either higher or lower than the others. So that's what I'm doing, singing, hoping to improve. Your articles are always very helpful. Thank you so much.

      PS The book was dated mcmxxxvll, so m is a thousand c is 100 the three x is 30 vll is 7, so what year was it printed? lol..I am confused!

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      WillStarr 20 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      1937, if my Roman numeral reading is correct.

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      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      Good advice here Audrey! I love to sing and don't care who hears. We should all worry a little less about what others think and just enjoy ourselves.

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      Liz Elias 20 months ago from Oakley, CA

      I don't even sing in the shower; I only sing if I think no one is near enough to hear, such as alone in the car. :(

      I did have some negative feedback, years ago, from my very musically-talented and good-ear ex-husband...he said I sang flat off-key. My younger daughter, who inherited his talents, and sang in the SF Girls' Chorus (and has perfect pitch), once told me, "keep your day job." I'm a very sensitive soul, so I take such comments to heart, especially when they come from people who do have such talents...and when they are family, who supposedly will tell you truths no one else will..

      I did take some lessons for a short time, but sadly, that instructor passed away. I also took a college voice class for 2 semesters, and that instructor was very nice. But I was always missing notes.

      My main problem is my (lack of) musical ear; I cannot perceive and reproduce subtle differences in sounds. I would be a half-step off, and could not 'hear' the difference inside my own head, and what was coming out of my mouth, even though I could clearly discern it coming from the piano.

      Further complicating the issue is, I cannot separate out the melody from the accompaniment. My ear needs to have the melody piped straight in, or my singing veers off to any of the other notes that might sound more dominant, i.e. louder, than the main melody.

      Therefore, I cannot sing a harmony part--my ears get drawn to and hear only the soprano part (and they usually get to have the main melody!), and I am no soprano, so I'm instantly in trouble.

      So, no--I sing only for my own amusement, and only when I'm alone, which is damned seldom these days.

      And they've taken away our ability to vote, or I would have voted this up, useful and interesting.

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      mckbirdbks 20 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      OK, OK Audrey I sang. Can you hear the neighbors dogs who have joined in the chorus. The cops will be here in a few minutes, having warned me about this. You are always so enthusiastic.

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      I like to sing and don't really care if someone thinks I can or not.

      I was very interested in your statement that we 'don't hear the highest elements of our own voices'. I didn't know that. I must admit that when I hear my recorded voice I think, 'Do I really sound like that?!' Now I know why so that makes me feel better about it, thank you!

      Wonderful, encouraging hub.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Will. I knew it was old, the pages have turned yellow from age. It has all the good old songs my grandmother used to sing.

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      Audrey Hunt 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Bill

      I'm quite sure that growing up in a family of singers had a strong impact on you and therefore your voice. When a person loves to sing, like you do, combined with the influence of singing during childhood, they usually have a darned good voice. Just say'in.

      Thanks my friend and all good things to you.

      love

      Audrey

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      Mary Craig 20 months ago from New York

      Right now my singing voice is a little wobbly...well my whole voice is. I guess once I heal completely from the thyroidectomy things will get back to normal.

      As always your advice is supportive and educational.

      When my kids were little we always sang "Sing a Song", it was one of their favorites and I believe one that tells it all...."sing out loud, sing out strong...sing of happy not sad." Every word in that song is encouraging, just like you!

      Blessings my friend.

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      Amber 20 months ago from United States

      I love these tips and I've already tried some of them out! I am not the best singer but your tips have made me more confident when I do sing. Thank you! Hope you have a great day~ :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 20 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub and I enjoyed going through!

      I agree with your six reasons why a person may not want to sing. I believe any one can sing and should sing for the pleasure it gives to the soul. I have always loved singing and I do sing not only on stage but also when I am alone to please my own self and feel happy to do so.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub! Sharing on HP!

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Audrey, I use to sing all the time every day. I remember watching as my four year old grandson was watching me with amazement as I sang. He sings and I wrote his story of singing, and I sent it to Jennifer Lopez. And hoped that she would choose him to sing on American Idol, but I don’t know if she even listened to it, but that was when she invited people to send in videos. I sent her the link to my hub, American Idol – I have the courage to try. The Youtube video’s are my grandson singing.

      Blessings and Hugs my friend

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      Dianna Mendez 20 months ago

      I do love to sing. I only wish I could take lessons. Your words are encouraging and will help someone out there to begin singing with renewed spirit. Blessings!

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      Audrey Hunt 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      breakfastpop - Sing on my friend! Thanks for being here.

      SusanDeppner

      This kind of thing coming from a teacher just breaks my heart. It should never ever happen because it follows us through our entire life. Shame on this person!

      I'm glad your husband is singing in spite of his experience as a young person. Continue to encourage him and God Bless you!

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      Paula 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh Audrey, you wonderful woman. Please just trust me. I c a n n o t sing.

      OK, if you prefer, I can sing, but I should not, dare not, better not. I will send you references to gladly back this up. Those would be the people who have had the unfortunate experience of hearing me sing. Mostly my sons. All 4 owned a pair of ear plugs. Silly me, I thought they were for swimming.

      My poor Dad, the musician....have you ever seen a grown man cry? Well, I sure have.

      When I'm at a Birthday Party & it's time to sing, someone always asks me to go get the ice cream...

      Maybe in my next life.....I'll return as Adelle or Mariah Carey or Celine Dion. In this life, I'm afraid it's Olive Oyl. Paula ~~~~ STOP laughing!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 19 months ago from USA

      Great article on reasons why you think you can't sing. As a child, I once sang a song whispering it into my friend's ear. My friend was impressed by my singing skills, so she told our music teacher. Next class, the music teacher called me and told me"I was told you have an amazing voice, let us hear it." I was terribly shy and my voice was horrible that day and I also made my friend look bad 'cause she was raving about it. So definitively I fall in the "you feel embarrassed and better sing in the shower" category. I think I can sing decently well, but let me do it by myself when nobody is around.. not even my dogs. The best I can do it record it and let others hear.

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Amen and Amen! Sending this around!

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliantly put together and so true about singing. You have an open mind about this topic and I do agree.

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      Peg Cole 18 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for this great article, Audrey. I'm sharing it for the benefit of some of my relatives who have always contended that they can't sing.

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      rdsparrowriter 17 months ago

      Thanks for this encouraging article and I'm sharing this :) I love to sing :)

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Jodah - Your experience, as a child, is exactly why I tell my teachers never to do such a thing. Young minds and beliefs are shaped forever by what they are told by teachers. This person has no business in musical theatre working with kids. Shame!

      You are left to play this tape again and again and it is false! How do you erase it? By re-taping the truth. You were born to sing. You have a perfect vocal instrument consisting of vocal bands to vibrate sound, resonating properties (the head, mouth, nose and sinus areas along with the chest. You have a mouth opening for releasing sound and lips and tongue for forming words. And you have a pair of lungs and the diaphragmatic muscle to breathe in air and expell it for holding the tone.

      So your now ready to accept your beautiful singing voice...enjoy it and share your songs with others. This is how you thank your maker for providing you with a perfect vocal instrument.

      Hugs,

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      bravewarrior - Hi Sha. Correcting pitch (singing-off key) can absolutely be attained. It is a learned skill. I have trained thousands of folks to acquire the ability to go from a voice that sings off-key to a voice that sings right on key consistently.

      As a college music teacher back in the 80's I offered a class in "ear training." The class was available to both singers who had trouble staying on pitch and to singers who sang on-key but wanted to advance in sight-reading music.

      The class was a successful one and I offered it for six years. Most professional vocalists work regularly at ear-training as it entails a variety of interval training along with major, minor, dimisnhed scales and modes.

      There are many ear-training programs available (including mine) which are offered to the public. Like most programs, we just need to be sure we purchase the right one. If we get the wrong one, we can end up being even more discouraged than ever. Just poor teaching.

      Thanks my friend.

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Will - How nice! Just send me an email and I'll give you the information. Thanks a heap!

      Genna - Our vocal instrument is meant to be used and the more we sing the better we will get. Using the proper tecnics such as breathing by using the diaphragmatic area, knowing when to take a breath and how much helps our voice to sound it's best.

      Regardless of how our singing sounds, like you say, it's a healthy thing to do, both mentally and physically.

      Thanks my friend.

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      The Dirt Farmer -

      Singing in a choir or other forms of group singing is both fulfilling and fun.

      Whether singing in harmony or a capella the ability to express oneself through singing is marvelous therapy. Thank you for your valuable comments.

      Faith Reaper -

      The memories of grandma singing to her grandchildren are precious and last a life-time. A beautiful gift indeed. I'm thrilled to hear that you love to sing and that you sing each day. Wonderful! The love of singing itself increases the beauty of the tone.

      Sing with joy and thank you dear friend.

      Audrey

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      Word 16 months ago from Chicago

      Thank you Audrey, I agree with you 100% and another thing, just because a person doesn't get parents or other family support doesn't mean not to pursue a singing career. Singing is a great exercise for the voice. Like even in sports, coaching can turn out good singing in a person that needs to learn the fundamentals of singing. If one really wants to do it then just try hard at it. There's nothing to it.

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      integrater

      Love your attitude about singing! Thanks for taking time to read my hub as well as your great comments.

      drbj

      So how's the singing going? Love hearing that you're going to up your game and sing more often.

      The reason singer's use "mi" instead of "doe" is because of resonance. The sound of 'ee' positions the jaw and tongue closer to the hard palate which produces an easier resonating sound. When shaping the 'oh' sound, notice how the jaw and tongue drop downward from the hard palate which lessens the vibrations needed for a resonant sound.

      Oh - the science of singing! I love it! So happy you asked this question so I can show off a bit. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      word55

      Thank you so much for your wonderful, up-lifting comments! I hope my readers look at what you've written. So glad to have found you here on Hub Pages. I'll be visiting you soon. Appreciate your taking time out to read my article.

      Audrey

      rdsparrowriter

      Thank you my friend for being here. Your comments are a song to my heart. Appreciate the share.

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      MarleneB - I'm so glad you've shared your story. You are 100% right when you say that most people just need to believe in themselves. All singers make a mistake now and then and that goes for recording stars as well. You'd be surprised if you knew all the 'patching work' that goes into a recording.

      Thanks so much for being here and for your comments. Best to you Marlene.

      Audrey

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      Catherine Giordano 15 months ago from Orlando Florida

      I've always loved singing from the youngest age I can remember. I fall into your first category--I was told by everyone that I can't carry a tune. So whenever there was group singing I'd just mouth the words. One day, my son who is a musician (go figure) said I could too sing. So now I sing. I enjoyed your hub for encouraging people to sing. Singing is a joy that should be enjoyed by all.

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      Audrey Hunt 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      North Wind,

      I feel a lecture coming on:) Singing is a gift to you from yourself. Relish the sound you make - the music longing to break free. Your voice is a means of communication. Your voice releases pent up emotions. Who cares if your singing doesn't measure up to another persons standards? What do they know?

      I could continue endlessley trying to convince you to sing for yourself without judgement. YOU must make the decision to enjoy your gift regardless of what anyone tells you. Don't allow anyone to rob you of the joy of singing and expressing yourself.

      Thanks for your comments.

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      always exploring -

      I'm very happy to know that you sing in a choir. This is so neat. And finding the songbook...a message to you for sure. Keep on singing Ruby!

      You'll progress and slowly see that your voice is growing. Thanks my friend.

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      FlourishAnyway - I sure love the way you think. Great advice and I hope others read your comment and follow this. Thanks.

      Dear Miss Lizzy - You are certainly convincd that you can't sing. But I am here to tell you, you can! Six weeks...that's what I'd need to change your mind. A qualified ear=training instructor knows how to direct your ear to hearing correct pitch and then producing what you hear. You can sing! Thanks Liz.

      mckbirdbks -

      When you sang, the sounds you heard were not barking dogs but the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The police were only trying to save you from the many fans clamouring to hear more singing. Surely you know this, Mike.

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      annart - Love your opening line! We could all sing without concern by following your example. Thanks Ann for chiming in.

      tillsontitan - Dear Mary. I hope by now you are healing up and the surgery was a success. Pretty scary thing. Take it very slow with your singing. Begin with humming only, followed by small interval work. Do not over-use your speaking voice. I'm sure you've had therapy and know what to do. Sometimes the singing voice is not addressed.

      My thoughts are with you dear friend.

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Georgia -

      I love hearing you tell me you are trying my tips for singing. It's especially rewarding to me to know that your confidence is growing. Remember I am here to help. Sing with joy!

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      chitrangadaSharan

      Your positive attitude about singing is so refreshing. How I wish more folks felt the same way. Thank you kindly for reading my hub and for sharing on Hp.

      Dear Shyron

      I would love to see the video of your grandson singing. Please send me a link. Children are influenced more than we know when we sing to them. In fact this is one of the most powerful influences for singing later on as the mature and grow.

      Good for you to contact j. Lopez...even if she didn't respond. Can't wait to hear this young man sing.

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Teaches2345

      Well let me "gift you" some complimentary vocal lessons. Contact me and soon.:). You give so much to your own students and are so caring. Please allow me to do the same. Thanks my friend.

      Fpherj48

      Hahaha...you naughty girl...making fun of your singing! I should give you 20 lashes with a wet noodle. :). And I would...accept this is the funniest comment ever.

      Do you appreciate your talent? Comedy is considered the most difficult of all talents...you are a natural! Well, Paula, if I don,t get to you in this life...ill get you in the next. I do not give up. You will sing. Just a friendly warning.

      Now what do you think about that?

      Many hugs.

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      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Catherine

      I'm glad your son (very wise) encouraged you to sing. I'm also happy you listened to him. The wonderful quality about musicians (your son) is - they encourage others to seek their passion for music using their musical instrument - in this case - the voice.

      Hurray for you both!

      Hugs

      Audrey

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      C E Clark 12 months ago from North Texas

      Seems to me a microphone often changes a person's voice and usually for the better. Is that my imagination or for real? Speaking in front of large audiences doesn't bother me at all, but singing? I'm not so sure about that. I've competed in singing contests years ago and got a second place once -- mainly because it was a duet and my usual partner wasn't there. They marked us down for that. :(

      Have heard if one has a good speaking voice they should also have a good singing voice, but again, I'm not so sure about that. But I do think it's better to perform a song in one's own style and voice than try to replicate someone else. If everyone sounded the same no one would stand out. So I think everyone should do their own interpretation of a song for unique and best results.

      Great advice here Audrey. Hope everyone reads this and improves their attitude about themselves. No telling if someone is hiding a fantastic voice just because someone who wasn't necessarily the best judge made them feel inferior many years ago.

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      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

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      Hello my friend. Actually a microphone only amplifies your voice whether good or bad :) However, most of the time the "echo chamber" is turned on and with this addition the voice is 'enhanced.' Also, if the microphone is linked to the 'production board' the producer adds 'fillers' to make the voice sound full and rich.

      I love your comments! They would benefit others for sure. I can tell you read every word of my hub and thank you for doing so. Usually if one has a good speaking voice the singing voice is pretty darn good since singing is an extension of speaking. Technical factors enter into this though. Proper breath support, vocal placement and a good ear must also be studied and applied to singing.

      And how right you are about a judge, parent, teacher or even a friend judging the voice completely wrong! As you mentioned, this does the most damage of all and lasts a life-time. Shame on these people!

      You are a gem - if I ever take a trip to Texas or if you visit Nashville - how great it would be to get together!

      Sing with joy,

      Audrey

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      C E Clark 12 months ago from North Texas

      All I know is my voice usually changes over a landline phone, and a mic seems to change it too. My mother's voice changed over the landline phone too.

      I do read every word because I find this subject especially fascinating.

      I think it would be grand to get together! I would love to meet you. I'm afraid to go very far in my old car anymore ('95), but if you get down this way, by all means send me a message on the email provided by HP, so we can meet. I'd put my number here but no telling how many calls I might get, especially because of some of my more controversial hubs. ;)

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      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I agree that it's not a good idea to list your number. BTW, I like all your hubs. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 7 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I wished I had read this inspirational hub when I was in my early teens. I loved to sing until I heard my voice on a tape recording and that was the end of my dream of a singing career. I can well believe that singing can boost our health, especially our mental health, so I'll just keep singing in the bath. Anyone who doubts that human beings were born to sing should see Gareth Malone's The Choir. Thank you for this awesome hub. I'll be sharing on FB, G+, and Twitter.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      tobusiness

      I want to thank you for your marvelous comments. I appreciate all the shares as well. You're exactly the type of person I'd love to take under my wing and help develop your singing. You'd even end up liking your voice after a few lessons. Now, about Gareth Malone...how can I find him and is 'The Choir" a movie? Thanks again.

      Audrey

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 7 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Audrey, I hope you're having a beautiful Sunday. About my singing potential, I'm afraid that boat has well and truly sailed, but thank you for the offer. If you'd like to find out more about Gareth Malone, you can take a look at his website @ garethmalone.com or Wikipedia. Gareth Malone OBE brings together people with little or no previous singing experience to form a choir with extraordinary results. You may have heard of the Military Wives Choir. He has done remarkable work with school children who were very shy and lacked confidence. If 'The Choir' is not yet a movie, it ought to be. :-))

      My best always.

      Jox

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      Audrey Hunt 6 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks so much. I appreciate the information and look forward to checking out Gareth Malone. What a wonderful thing he's doing!

      Peace and happiness,

      Audrey

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      Sam Dreiberg 6 weeks ago from India

      Excellent article.. I always thought I am not made to sing. But after reading this, I'm definitely gonna start singing..

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