You may have been told, or you may even think that your singing is downright pathetic. And those of us, who think we cannot sing need to get on with living. Believing that such a talent is a privilege only for the chosen few then you are wrong.
If you are sounding like a wet alley cat when trying to sing, or just a beginner taking singing lessons online learning to sing, there may be underlying reasons. However, being tone deaf is not likely one of them. Unless you have at some time in your life contracted an illness that has resulted in damage to the ear.
If you can hear when a singer made a mistake, like wounded off pitch/missed notes in a talent show, then you are not tone deaf.
It’s going to help you a lot as you begin to learn how to sing to have a basic understanding of how your voice works. Hopefully, you know how a guitar works, to play guitar you press down on the strings on the fretboard, and the other hand plucks the strings to make the musical notes sound. How a Pipe Organ works is also a good example of how your voice works since air flow is what makes the pipe organ work.
Each pipe sits on top of a hollow wind chest that is filled with compressed air provided by bellows or blower. Each ‘stop’ at the organ console represents a set of pipes (a rank) of a particular tone colour, with a different pipe for every note on the keyboard. Pulling the stop activates a slider under that specific set of pipes on the wind chest, making them available as a sound-source.
The wind chest also contains a series of valves (pallets) connected to the keyboard by a mechanical linkage. These pallets govern the flow of air to each pipe, and even though a stop may be on, no pipes will sound until a key is depressed, and its respective pallet opens. This allows the compressed air to pass up through the pipe for that note, this is how the organ works to create the musical sounds.
You cannot see your vocal apparatus and there are no black-and-white keys you can press or strings to pluck that are part of your throat. However, there is a part that acts like a sound shaping container, like the pipe organ.
So to visualize what’s going on you need to know the basics of what’s happening when you open your mouth and out come the sounds we make.
You have a stringed instrument (guitar) and an airway you blow through (pipe organ) to make the sound of your voice. You have two passageways side by side. At the back is the passageway that carries your food and at the front is the passageway that carries air to your lungs. Sitting at the top of your airway is the larynx/voice box. Your larynx contains your vocal cords.
Unlike a (six string guitar) you only have two vocal cords. As you excel compressed air from your lungs, they move apart and back together vibrating in response to the air being pushed through them, making it a little like our pipe organ example you release air/blow through them to manipulate, pitch, tone, and volume.
Your chords are no different to world class singers, the only differences between you and those you admire are singing lessons or voice training. The quality of your singing voice depends on how you position your cords and how much air, the amount you move through your chords at any given time.
To learn how to sing well, you first need to learn how to control your air flow and posture. that’s a whole book on its own but without learning how to inhale and fill your body to max then exhale to sing you will never be a great singer.
So now you are familiar with how your voice works I’m sure you will agree that learning how to control breathing must be at the top of your priorities first and foremost to be a big part of your singing lessons.
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