Talk of singing conjures up a wild array of emotions in people.
Some love it like nothing else. Others find the notion terrifying.
Regardless of which camp you fall into, there’s a simple truth about singing that is important to understand if you’re a musician: you need to sing if you want to be great.
Why is singing important for musicians?
Your has something that no other instrument has. It’s directly connected to your ears.
To play a note on a piano, guitar or any other instrument we strike a key or pluck a string. We can strike that key or pluck that string and then see what note is going to come out.
But our voice is different. We need to hear the note first in our heads, then we can match it with our voice.
This connection makes your voice not just an instrument in its own right, but the best ear training tool available to you. As you may know, I strongly believe that ear training is the secret to becoming a great musician.
So if you can’t train your ears without singing, then you can’t become a great musician without it either.
If you love singing then that’s great news, you’re set to go!
What do I do if I’m a terrible singer?
First of all, don’t panic!
There’s a common belief that you can’t learn to sing, and that you’re either born with it or you’re not.
Luckily, that common belief simply isn’t true.
Learning to sing is just like learning any other skill. All you need is the right guidance and you’ll be able to learn quickly.
If you find it difficult to sing in tune or you’ve been called tone-deaf before (which I guarantee you aren’t) then you can start here.
If your pitch isn’t too bad but you sound like a strangled cat the news gets even better: it doesn’t matter! We’re using singing as an ear training tool, not to perform. So you can sound truly awful and you’ll still get all the benefits.
All you need to do is start singing and working that singing into ear training exercises.