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My Family Can Sing, Why Not Me?

I have a music degree and have studied voice in and out of college but I can’t sing. My sons and wife can sing, they have vibrato and it doesn’t sound faked.  They don’t know how they do what they do.  It is just there.  I’ve wondered this for 50 years: do some people who can seem to sing very well naturally just happen upon doing everything right from the start?



There certainly is such a thing as natural talent. Sometimes this natural talent is stumbled upon, other times we work towards it (sometimes without knowing that we really did). For example, when I was younger, I simply loved singing. Because I loved it, I did it all the time. I did it so much that there were times that people would tell me to quit singing, and I wasn’t even consciously aware that I was singing! Passion towards something fuels it forward, but there’s no denying that some people are simply built better for certain things than others. A large football player is better equipped for playing that sport than he is being a horse jockey (these athletes typically have a much smaller build).

That being said, the amount of space one has to use for resonance, the shape of these spaces, the length of the tongue, as well as the erectness of ones posture can all have a profound effect on the sound that we produce as a singer.So, it could be any combination of the above, or other external factors that assist your wife and two children in their vocal talents.There’s no real way to know for sure, but I do know one thing… singing is a skill. It can be natural, and for those that aren’t as naturally talented as they’d like to be, it can be learned. So if you have a desire to sing with your wife and kids, then you should pursue it. And you can look at How to Improve Singing to help get you started. If not, then just sit back and enjoy their talents.Hope this helps answer your question.


Vocal Coach Ken Taylor


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