Have you ever been told you can’t sing? Or worried that you’re just naturally a bad singer?
Today we’re excited to release a new audio-enhanced eBook called Starting to Sing which helps you go from “I can’t sing!” to singing easily, accurately and confidently.
Over the last year over 100,000 people have passed our Tone Deaf Test and through talking to hundreds of them we learned two remarkable things:
- Just 3% of people are tone deaf, meaning 97% of people can learn to sing in tune.
- There is an astonishing lack of resources for people who pass the test and want to start singing.
Let’s look at these two in more detail.
1. 97% of people can learn to sing
At first, this seems like a shocking number. We’ve all encountered too many people in our lives who can’t seem to hold a tune, whose singing voice grates on the ear, and who blast out wrong notes apparently clueless to the unmusical sound they’re making. You might even be one of these people yourself – and you’re certainly not alone!
So how is it possible that just 3% of people are truly incapable of singing?
The answer is that society tends to abandon those who can’t immediately and naturally sing in tune. Countless school teachers and parents have heard a child singing out of tune and steered them (sometimes not so gently) away from learning music.
The result: A huge number of people who can learn to sing but think they can’t.
… which brings us to the second discovery:
2. It’s surprisingly hard to get started
Again, this may sound highly unlikely. You only need to look in a music shop or search the internet to find plenty of “beginners singing” resources. Books, courses, video tutorials… Plenty of ways to learn to sing, it would seem.
But there’s actually a huge gap, and it’s covered up by the word “beginner”.
Because when it comes to learning to sing, “beginner” doesn’t really mean “someone who is beginning” – it means “early-stage singer”.
These resources can be excellent – if you can already sing pretty well.
If you can’t yet sing in tune, if your voice feels out of control, if you feel your voice just sounds bad and you don’t know what to do about it: these resources are of no use at all.
You find yourself in what we’ve taken to calling the “Pre-beginner Trap”.
This is why last year we spent months developing a brand new interactive singing tutor, SingTrue. It’s the only app which is specifically designed for people at this “true beginner” stage, where the voice is unfamiliar and untrusted, and the very basics like pitching a note correctly present a real challenge. SingTrue leads you through learning to control your vocal pitch and get comfortable and confident with the fundamentals of singing.
So far SingTrue has helped tens of thousands of people learn to sing in tune and we’re looking forward to continuing to develop and improve the app.
However not everybody has access to an iPhone or iPad – and we found there are aspects to becoming a singer which don’t quite fit into SingTrue…
The 5 barriers to becoming a singer
In fact, as we talked to people who wished to be good singers but felt daunted by the whole idea of learning to sing we learned there are actually 5 major barriers to becoming a singer – and singing in tune is only one of them.
Barrier #1: Pitch and Tuning
This is the most common barrier of the five: Having difficulty singing “in tune”.
“Singing in tune” means actually singing the notes you mean to sing.
Barrier #2: Lack of Confidence
Many people lack the confidence to sing, particularly in front of other people. Some 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.
If you’re nervous to sing when people are listening, this barrier is holding you back:
Barrier #3: Having a Bad Voice
Many people never get started with singing because they have a “bad voice”. What exactly does that mean?
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.
In fact there are 16 different things which determine whether a voice sounds good or not!
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.
Criticism can make you not want to even try learning to sing.
If your singing voice has been criticised and it’s left you reluctant or scared to sing, this is the barrier preventing you from learning to sing.
Barrier #5: Vocal Control
Not being able to control your voice is often a big part of all the other barriers mentioned above.
Good vocal control is essential to sounding good as a singer. 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.
So if you’re facing one or more of these barriers and stuck in the “Pre-beginner trap”, what can you do?
In the past, we didn’t really have a good answer to that question – and that was painful because we felt your frustration at being held back from your dream of learning to sing.
So we’ve spent the last few months working on a solution. Something which can help you break each of these barriers and become a capable, confident singer.
Introducing: Starting to Sing
Starting to Sing is an audio-enhanced eBook which is different from all the “beginners singing” material out there. It doesn’t assume you can already sing in tune or have control over your voice. Instead it starts from the absolute basics and leads you step-by-step to learning to control your voice and sing accurately and reliably.
In over 100 pages and with dozens of audio examples, Starting to Sing shows you how to break each of the 5 barriers and quickly become a capable and c