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How to Improve Your Singing – The Honest Truth

I’ve been singing in professional singing groups for 16 years now, and I have observed a lot of singers over the years.

I have noticed that there are singers who practice really hard almost every single day (Me!), striving to achieve greatness.

On the other extreme, there are singers who never practice…and I have always wondered WHY?

There are 2 main reasons why singers don’t practice: 

The first one is obvious – They are LAZY, which a majority of singers are, comparing to instrumentalists. I have seen great talents wasted because of laziness. Sad!

And the second one is even more detrimental to the growth of a singer – a fixed mindset, rather than a growth mindset ( proposed by psychologist Carol Dweck ), meaning that they don’t think they could improve no matter how hard they practice, because “talent determines everything.”

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Being a singer who considered himself “not talented,” I can tell you that the second reason is a big fat LIE.

No matter where your starting point is or your level of talent, YOU CAN IMPROVE if you put in the right effort – a lot of it. I am living proof.

I’m here to share with you today how to improve your singing, and there are effective ways and right mindset for you to achieve the level of singing that you want to reach. So, read on.

Three Ways to Improve Your Singing Voice

I would like to keep things simple by NOT giving you 37 different ways to do this. That’s just writers trying to get your attention.

I’m going to just narrow it down to 3 most important ways to become a better singer.

1. Find the right singing method for you.

If you have read my About Me page, I graduated college with a music degree, a ruined voice, and a shattered dream due to years of improper training. So, I know there are some bad teachings out there.

For you, the big question is – how to find the right singing method for you?

This is not an easy question to answer, but I will attempt to answer that for you.

First, you need to do some research on the many different singing schools that teach their own methods, whether it be SLS, CVT, Estill, or unique systems developed by individual vocal coaches.

If you don’t know where to start, here are some of the recommendations we give to people looking for elite vocal training. Click here.

Next, pick one singing method you would like to try to train with. I suggest training with the training system you chose for 3 months to test it out. There are many online singing programs available at very reasonable prices.

If you do not see even slight improvement in your singing after 3 months, move on to the next one, because different methods do work for different singers. 

Make sure that you put in diligent effort to practice that method before you cross it off your list.

Finally, once you find what works for you, you are ready for the second major step for vocal improvement.

2. Practice 5-6 Days a Week.

I know this sounds like a cliche, but I stand by this. If you want to be a singer, there is no way around it – YOU HAVE TO PRACTICE.

It’s funny that instrumentalists have no problem with this notion, but many singers do.

Yes, some of the training routines for singing are boring, kind of like lifting weights. However, the boring stuff is what grows your voice. You gotta do it.

My vocal coach once said to a student who doesn’t practice a bit – “Maybe you should think about whether or not you want to be a singer.” Ouch!

When he told me about this incident, I pondered and realized it made perfect sense. Practice is what real singers do!

Can you imagine a bodybuilder who doesn’t lift weights? Can you still call that person a bodybuilder?

I’m sorry to be a little hard, but the fact is – If someone does not practice singing, that person is not a singer, because practice is what singers do. Talent does not cut it.

3. Have faith that you can achieve it.

Another cliche, but I stand by it again. Every action starts with faith. If you do not truly believe you can improve your voice, you’re not going to put in the effort.

I don’t care how “bad” of a voice you have or how “untalented” you are. You can do it with the right kind of training and effort put into it.

I think it is human nature to be more negative than positive. We don’t believe we can achieve great things. We believe we cannot do it. Fair enough.

But let me ask you to do this – show me the proof…

PROVE it to me that you cannot become a great singer after putting in the work.

Guess what? You can’t. 

How are you going to prove to me that you can’t improve your voice? By singing off key or cracking a high note right now? You haven’t put in the effort yet.

Have you practiced 5-6 days a week for at least a year or two? Pianists do for at least ten years to become proficient.

If you can get yourself to put in the minimum amount of work, you will find yourself a whole different singer.

My Conclusion…You Can Do It!

The reason that most people cannot improve their singing is because they have not put in the effort. Plain and simple.

The fact is it takes a lot of hard work to become a great singer. Not everyone is willing to do that.

So, the next time you start thinking that you don’t have the talent for singing, remind yourself that you do have control over whether or not your voice will improve. You just have to choose to do what it takes to become great at singing.

I have given you the steps. It’s up to you to decide if you want to do it.

Best wishes,

Rex

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