Starting to Sing
… but most of them don’t know how to even start.
Do you worry that you sing out of tune?
Or that you have a “bad voice”?
Have you been criticised – or even mocked – for the way you sing?
If so, you might be left fearing that you simply don’t have what it takes to be a good singer.
But the odds are that you do have what it takes.
In fact, tests has shown that just 3% of people are fundamentally incapable of becoming a good singer.
- Not knowing if you’re hitting the right notes
- Having a voice that just sounds bad
- Being terrified to sing in front of other people
We’ve talked to hundreds of people who wish they could sing, and we asked them what they were struggling with.
which hold people back from starting to sing.
Those people you see who can sing confidently and sound great when they do?
They’re not gifted, or born with a talent you don’t have. They’re actually part of the 97%, just like you.
The difference between you and them?
They’ve broken through the 5 barriers.
Maybe some of it came easily to them. Maybe they had to work on it before they became a good singer.
But they are not fundamentally any different to you.
You can become a great singer like them.
We know this is true because we’ve helped thousands of people just like you to learn to sing, with our best-selling interactive app, SingTrue.
You simply need to discover which of the 5 barriers is holding you back, and the steps which will allow you to break through it.
So what’s holding you back from becoming a great singer?
BARRIER #1: PITCH AND TUNING
Let’s start off with the most common barrier of the five:
“Singing in tune” means actually singing the notes you mean to sing. Matching the key of a song.
Many people who face this barrier find that they simply can’t tell if the notes they are singing is the same as the notes they are hearing. They don’t know how to match the notes of the song or sing “in key”.
Sometimes they get off to a good start with a song – but then quickly lose their way and realise (either from listening to themself or from the looks on the faces of people around them) that they’ve started to wander out of tune.
It’s a big problem.
We asked “What holds you back?”
“I always felt like I wasn’t singing in tune.”
“I sing a lot. Just out of tune!”
“I can’t stay in tune.”
“I sound very terrible and sing off pitch.”
“I’m very rarely in tune and almost always off key.”
“Can’t seem to match the tune”
“I just feel that I sing out of tune most of the time.”
BARRIER #2: LACK OF CONFIDENCE
This is another extremely common problem:
particularly in front of other people.
Some who face this barrier are happy to sing in private – but terrified to be heard.
Others are too sure that they’re a bad singer that they won’t even try in private.
But they still dream of being able to sing…
They are self-conscious and shy when it comes to singing. To sing in front of people is a very scary idea because they are nervous about whether they will sound any good.
This leads to awkward performances, stage fright, or more often: not singing at all.
We asked “What holds you back?”
“I’m shy to sing in front of people.”
“Not enough self confidence…”
“Shyness mostly. And it doesn’t help that I’m pretty terrible.”
“I’ve been being bullied since I started high school and I have terrible stage fright, now I’m a senior and I really want to put myself out there but I’m nervous!”
“My confidence. My lack of belief in myself and my abilities.”
“Being embarrassed to be heard practicing has held me back from practicing more often.”
“Insecurities in voice quality.”
“Embarrassment, mostly – self-judging because I know that while I can sing in tune, I often get “lost” and can’t find my way back to the proper pitch.”
“I’m afraid of singing out of tune.”
“I think I’m a bad singer – I don’t have confidence in my voice”
BARRIER #3: HAVING A BAD VOICE
Many people never get started with singing because:
What exactly does that mean?
Well, it varies from person to person. Often it’s closely related to Barrier #1 (Pitch and Tuning), but there are many other things which make people think their voice is just no good.
Some people worry that it just sounds bad or unattractive. Others are very aware that their voice doesn’t sound professional – nothing like the pop stars they see on TV.
Sometimes this feeling comes from inside, stemming from Barrier #2 (a lack of confidence) or #5 (vocal control), and sometimes it comes from the next barrier, #4 (criticism).
Wherever it comes from, a large number of people feel that they can’t learn to sing because they just don’t have a good enough voice.
We asked “What holds you back?”
“The sound of my voice.”
“I sound very terrible.”
“I love to sing but I’m not a good singer.”
“I’ve never really been told how to sing properly and sing the wrong songs to suit my voice.”
“I don’t sound good at all.”
“I sound like a mouse with its tail being trod upon when I record my voice! It sounds very different from what I think it would when I record. That’s why if I’m ever complimented on my voice, I find it hard to believe.”
“I’ve just never really liked my voice.”
BARRIER #4: CRITICISM
Unfortunately the world can be a cruel place at times, and even the people who should be supportive and encouraging – family, friends, even teachers – sometimes instead offer harsh criticism which discourages people from singing in future.
There’s a terrible misconception these days that musicality is a “gift” – either you’ve got it or you don’t. This causes many listeners to react to someone who is singing badly by saying they are “a bad singer”, as if this is a fundamental trait of the person which they cannot change and should just accept.
“Wow, you can’t sing at all!”
“You’re really out of tune, why do you sing?”
“Shhhh! Leave the singing to the professionals…”
When you’re on the receiving end of comments like these it’s easy to think that there’s no hope for you.
You might even hear yourself on a recording and feel the same way…
Maybe they’re right and you just aren’t meant to be a singer?
We asked “What holds you back?”
“I find it hard to sing solos without someone laughing.”
“As a child I was humiliated by a choir teacher at school.”
“I think I’m out of tune and my parents say I can’t sing.”
“Growing up my older sisters kept telling me to shut up whenever I sang so I stopped singing.”
“I feel that my voice is always out of tune. People even turn around at church and glare at me.”
“My family all sing out of tune. Feedback from colleagues listening to my singing. School teachers who told me to stop even in school assembly where singing was compulsory.”
“I was told I couldn’t sing at a very early age. Ever since, I’ve had no confidence.”
“Well, people looking kindly and fondly and saying “interesting key changes!”, meaning that I’m enjoying singing but I’m way out of tune.”
“Being told I suck and I’m useless.”
BARRIER #5: VOCAL CONTROL
At the heart of all the barriers above is this one:
Without good vocal control:
- You can’t sing in tune.
- Your voice will sound bad.
- You’ll get criticism from other people
- You’ll lose your confidence about singing.
If you find it hard to switch notes properly or feel that your voice is “all over the place”, then you are facing this barrier.
Many people start out not being able to control their voice. As a result they either produce a monotone sound (all the notes come out the same) or their notes wobble up and down and their voice jumps around too much in pitch.
If you don’t have good vocal control your singing will never sound good.
We asked “What holds you back?”
“I like singing – but my voice is all over the place.”
“I have trouble recognizing when a note I’m singing is the same as a note I’m hearing.”
“My voice is flat, monotone.”
“A fear of damaging my voice without any experience or training.”
“I cannot do notes like the ones in Adele’s songs.”
“Sometimes I’m unable to reach notes.”
“Singing high pitches.”
“I feel like I don’t have good control over my voice, and when I’m singing along to my favorite songs, I have to sing in a lower octave, but can’t get it to sound quite right.”
The “Pre-Beginner Trap”
Have you ever tried taking a singing course?
Or bought a “beginners learn-to-sing” book?
They seem to work for other people… but they just didn’t work for you.
In fact, they seemed to miss the point completely.
They assumed that you could already sing – and just want to get better.
What if the notes you’re producing just aren’t coming out right?
The reality is that all of the “beginner” singing instructions out there seem to skip this step, leaving you stranded and unable to even get started…
Through our work with the Tone Deaf Test we’ve discovered that there are hundreds of thousands of people just like you.
These people are all perfectly capable of becoming great singers.
But they’re stuck in this trap right at the very beginning, which no instructional material seems to help them with. We call it the “Pre-Beginner Trap”.
People stuck in this trap don’t know how to get good enough to even use the “beginners” material!
We talked to hundreds of people who passed the Tone Deaf Test and still weren’t sure how to start singing.
We heard the frustration and disappointment caused by feeling alone, abandoned by the teachers and courses and books.
If only there was a way, they told us, to just get started…
To start singing well enough to know if their voice even has any potential. Maybe build up some confidence and get good enough to start using beginner books or even take some lessons.
If only there was something they could use in private to get some control of their voice and escape this pre-beginner trap they found themself in.
When we saw how common and crippling the 5 Barriers were in stopping people from singing we were shocked at the lack of material to help people break them and begin their singing journey – leaving hundreds of thousands of people stuck in the pre-beginner trap.
We couldn’t believe there wasn’t some kind of book that people could use themselves to discover the barriers holding them back and then break through them.
There is such pure joy, excitement and musical fulfillment in being able to sing well – and so we acutely felt the pain and frustration caused by being locked out of this wonderful world of singing.
So we decided to do something about it.
Introducing: Starting to Sing
Starting to Sing is designed to take you step-by-step from “I can’t sing!” to becoming a capable, accurate and confident singer.
In over 100 pages and with dozens of audio examples, Starting to Sing helps you to break through each of the 5 Barriers:
BREAKING BARRIER #2:
LACK OF CONFIDENCE
Which comes first? Is it a lack of confidence which makes it difficult to sing well, or is it not being able to sing well which makes you lack confidence?
The truth is, it’s a vicious circle of both together.
Fortunately lack of confidence is easy to overcome.
But it’s not a matter of somehow just building up your courage and waving a wand to make the problem go away.
There are practical steps you can take to give you solid, factual reasons to have confidence in your abilities.
Once you know for a fact that you sing well, a lot of the fear and anxiety goes away. For the little which remains, there are useful strategies you can employ to build your ability to sing confidently and reliably in front of other people with none of the doubts or self-consciousness which held you back in the past.
In Starting to Sing you’ll discover a variety of ways to improve your voice and really see that improvement, so that you naturally gain more and more confidence in your singing. You’ll also learn the difference between “good fear” and “bad fear” and how to use the good and get rid of the bad. You’ll get practical tips for tackling stage-fright and 15 effective ways to become a more confident singer.
Break the Barrier: By improving your voice and seeing that improvement you’ll have less and less reason to doubt your abilities, and more and more confidence. Then you can start using the practical strategies for handling fear and shyness and becoming a more confident singer.
BREAKING BARRIER #3:
HAVING A BAD VOICE
It’s true that your voice is a natural part of you. It’s unique to you, from birth.
But what not many people realise is that what makes a “good voice” is not dependent on this!
There are actually 16 distinct factors which make for a good singing voice, and every one of them can be practised and improved upon.
Even better: often singers find that there are only really one or two of those 16 which they actually need to work on to transform their “bad voice” into a great one.
In Starting to Sing you’ll discover the 16 keys to having a good singing voice, and for each one you’ll learn the common pitfall to avoid, a “quick fix” to help you improve fast, and some practice exercises you can use to develop that aspect of your voice. You’ll also find out the practical and effective psychology of learning to love your own voice.
Break the Barrier: By figuring out which of the 16 keys to a good voice is currently a problem for you, you will leap ahead in your singing development, and you can use the specific practical steps provided to solve those problems fast. As your voice becomes better you can use the advice in the book to develop a more healthy and positive attitude to your singing voice – and you’ll soon you and your listeners will have good reason to love the sound of your voice.
BREAKING BARRIER #4:
You’ve heard it again and again: you sound terrible when you sing!
What if they’re right and you just aren’t cut out to be a singer?
This is nonsense.
It’s true that there are people for whom singing well will always be a serious problem. But there’s a 97% chance that you are not one of them.
Whatever it is that’s causing people to criticise your singing: you can fix it.
Still, it’s not going to be an overnight change… and in the mean time you may still have to hear some negative comments about your singing from people who are too ignorant to know better.
That means that there are two parts to breaking this barrier:
- Improve your voice so that you know you are a good singer
- Learn to handle criticism in a way that doesn’t damage your confidence and allows you to continue singing and improving.
In Starting to Sing you’ll discover a wide range of ways to improve your voice and get better and better over time. Perhaps more importantly though you’ll learn to understand where the critical comments come from and how to actually transform critical comments into useful fuel for your ongoing improvement.
Break the Barrier: By learning what’s causing critical comments you will be able to improve those aspects of your voice, leading to less criticism and more praise whenever you sing. You’ll also develop the ability to hear criticism in a pragmatic way, turning it to your own advantage as you become a better and better singer.
BREAKING BARRIER #5:
As its name suggests, vocal control isn’t actually about something fundamental to your voice – it’s just a matter of learning to get your voice under control.
When you develop good vocal control you can hit every note just right, every time. Once you can do that, a lot of the other barriers start to weaken.
Fortunately there are some proven exercises you can do to develop your vocal control and turn your voice from an unpredictable wobbler into a finely-tuned and reliable instrument.
In Starting to Sing you’ll discover what vocal control really means, how it can help you, and how exactly you can build up your own control over your voice. With specific singing exercises you’ll learn to reliably and accurate make leaps in pitch from note to note, and to produce a solid stable pitch for each note every time.
Break the Barrier: By developing your vocal control you will be able to produce exactly the notes you intend to whenever you sing. You won’t have to worry about your voice doing unexpected things when you perform, and you’ll have confidence that what your audience hears is exactly what you wanted them to hear. As you develop strong vocal control you’ll find all the other barriers start to crumble too.
Starting to Sing is an audio-enhanced eBook.
Your immediate download of the book provides PDF and EPUB formats.
So you can read it on your computer, phone, tablet and eBook reader.
No time for learning to sing?
You can put this book on as many devices as you want.
So whenever you have a spare moment, you can dip in and continue where you left off.
The Starting to Sing book is divided into clear sections, gradually building up your understanding.
You can progress at your own pace, and conveniently fit learning to sing into your life..
The book includes plenty of audio clips throughout so you can immediately listen
to what you’re learning about, hear what you’re aiming for and start practicing directly.
You can play these from inside the book itself (or listen online if you prefer).
Use the musical examples to start practising and improving your singing right away.
Has your dream of singing seemed impossible while the barrier towered over you?
Can you imagine how much fun you would have, singing freely and confidently if you knew you never needed to worry about whether your voice was any good, or whether you were singing in tune? If you could just sing whatever you wanted to with certainty that you will sound great to anyone who’s listening?
What if you could know for sure that you were a good singer?
Don’t hesitate any longer. Don’t let those barriers hold you back from becoming a singer.
You are not alone.
Thousands of people just like you have learned to break through the 5 barriers and become excellent singers.
You too can break through the barriers and start your real journey towards reaching your full potential and becoming the singer you dream of being.
Its time – for Starting to Sing.
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