So in this video, I address the question I get all the time. Watch it first before you read further.
So now that you have watched it, I want to ask you: Why is it that people ask the question in the first place? Why do so many have these strange beliefs about singing? Why is it that people seriously think that there is any difference between learning to sing and learning any other activity?
Can some people be more talented than others at, let's say playing the piano? Of course. However, does that person with the “super talent” suddenly become super skilled at playing the piano without ever playing the piano?
Do you become a great writer without ever writing?
Yes, of course we are different. I am not denying that. But we are really fooling ourselves if we think we can measure “talent”, because what we are really measuring is the skill the person has at any given moment.
See, if you challenge me to do something that I’ve never done before, and then I surprise you by being able to do it well quickly, you are going to call me naturally talented.
But what you may not realize is that there is a strategy and a developed skill to be able to learn anything effectively. Whether I have done something before or not is really irrelevant.
Most people who believe they "can't do something" have simply been engaged in ineffective strategies or haven't been engaged in learning at all. This applies to the beginner who thinks he can't sing, as well as the professional who believes a certain note is the max of his range, or the pro who habitually makes certain gestures or faces in order to sing a specific note. You've heard me say it many times before, but singing scales is, as an example, exceptionally ineffective. (If you haven't done the Sing With Freedom program, I hope you have at least watch the free video were I went through this.)
So the real questions are:
1) How good can we become at singing (or anything else)? The good news is that we have absolutely no idea. Don't you love that? That uncertainty is the beauty of life in my opinion. Then how effectively we learn is about developing the strategy.
2) When, and how much, can you enjoy it? The good news is that you can enjoy it right away. Enjoyment comes from your level of engagement in the here and now – in being involved in the process.
And the real beauty is that learning effectively also comes out of that deep level of engagement - awareness, curiosity, exploration, discovery. Yes learning and enjoyment do go hand in hand. Isn't that fun?
I hope for you who have done, or are working on the Sing With Freedom/The Singing Zone program, that this is indeed what you are experiencing.