Have you ever read a bio on some terrific singer which reveals the fact
that they never had a lesson in their lives? Do you know someone with a great
voice who tells you the same thing? What's with that? Is there really such a
thing as a "natural" singer? Let's take a look at those questions and find some
There simply is no such thing as a completely "natural" singer. Everything
we pursue has to be learned. Some of us may be born with certain physical
equipment or personality traits which help us sing, dance or play golf or
basketball, but the basic fact remains: everything we do must be learned. Here
are some important points concerning this subject:
• If someone is great at something, how did they learn it without a
teacher? Understand this: teachers are everywhere, not just residing in studios
with a piano.
• Books are teachers. Movies and TV shows are teachers. Recordings of
great singers are teachers. The terrific soloists in your church are teachers.
YouTube videos are teachers. You get the point. Teachers are everywhere. You
just need to tune into them and learn.
• The so-called "natural" singer has learned to sing from others. They
listened to other singers, and learned not just their style, but their breathing
methods, their techniques of hitting the high notes, their vowel formation and
much more. Most of us tend to listen to other singers for enjoyment, and we
don't catch the techniques these people are using. The "natural" singer is able
to tune in to the subtle or hidden techniques most of us don't perceive when we
•. This is why most of us work with teachers, books and recorded singing
courses. It simply works better and faster for us. (And can even help the
"natural" singer become much better.)
• It's very important to understand, however, that the right teacher for
you is the teacher who doesn't try to change your choice of music or your style.
Their job is to help you improve what you are already doing, not to make you
into something else just because they don't like your musical choices, or
because they don't know how to help you improve at your musical choices.
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