Welcome to Like a Lark
If you have ever had a dream or desire to sing, then perhaps you are someone who has asked one of two questions: “Can anyone learn to sing?” Or if you already sing a little you might have wondered, “is it possible to increase my singing range so that I can sound like Mick Jagger, George Jones, or Pavorotti?” I am here to tell you that if you are asking these questions you have come to the right place. (By the way, the answer is yes, you can)
When you begin to ask yourself, or the internet, these questions you have to be careful where you get your answers. Like any industry, pursuit, or art form, the topic of singing is full of bad advice and “best practices” that don’t always work in the real world. I am in now way suggesting that I am more of an expert than some of these people. I have been singing for over 25 and I have been a victim of tons of disempowering and just plain wrong information mostly by well meaning but misinformed people. Bad advice is essentially the result of bad thinking which creates bad technique, which leads to bad experiences, which form bad conclusions that can define the boundaries of what you can and cannot accomplish as a singer.
Can Anyone become a singer?
We often look at the talents and skills of others with a certain kind of naïve wonder. We look at skilled musicians as if God farted out these prodigies who just magically and effortlessly summon up musical spirits like a mystical shaman, when in reality they once, perhaps like you, didn’t know an octave from an octopus.
Humans love the story of the “shining star” and the “overnight success” Perhaps it is because we tend not to relish the harsh reality that anything worthwhile in life comes neither free nor easy. Every success story is fuelled by hours upon hours of dedication and practice. Singing is a craft like any other. To become proficient it takes knowledge, time, patience, practice, focus, and a desire and passion to learn. If Malcolm Gladwell is right then it takes approximately 10,000 hours to achieve mastery. I know that That sounds like a very long time! You’re propbably saying. 10,000 hours!! I don’t even have time to make my bed in the morning! but don’t click away yet. I am writing this because with a little guidance and knowledge of the right principles hopefully you shave some hours off of that 10,000.
So that is the bad news. The good news is that if you can get a few early wins, you will fall in love. As Zig Ziglar says, eventually you will find that you are not paying the price, you are enjoying the price. Practice becomes fun. As your skills increase and you get to new musical heights you will be driven to practice, not dragging your feet to practice.