“God respects me when I work, but he loves me when I sing.” - Rabindranath Tagore
When we want to learn how to sing, we probably also want to know how long it’s going to take. Aspiring singers often want quick results and get demotivated once they realise just how much effort it can take to become a good singer. However, working on your voice with a vocal coach or private tutor can provide quite quick results if you’re willing to put the effort in.
Are you wondering how long it takes to learn how to sing?
Here’s the Superprof guide.
Getting Started with Singing
Before you can start improving your voice, there are a few requirements.
Firstly, you can’t have amusia. Amusia is a condition that affects 4% of the population and their ability to distinguish pitch. They’re either born with the disorder or acquire it through brain damage or injury. This will make singing impossible. Similarly, you also need to have healthy vocal cords. Your vocal cords do most of the work when you sing.
A passion for singing is a fundamental requirement because, without it, you’ll never progress. Don’t try to be someone else when you sing, either. The more you enjoy your singing, the more you’ll progress. A passion for singing can go a long way. It’ll help motivate you when things get tough or you start to plateau. No matter what kind of singing you do, your passion for it will guide you towards success.
When learning to sing difficult songs, giving up can seem like the easier option.
Can You Learn to Sing in a Month?
While it’s quite easy to sing daily, you can’t learn to sing in just a month. When it comes to singing, there are a few milestones you have to reach to properly progress.
Firstly, you need to discover what kind of voice you have. From there, you can choose which songs will work best for you and which vocal exercises you should be doing. This can be very inspiring for beginners, too.
Later on, you can learn about vocal registers and practise using them. Your singing tutor or vocal coach will work out what kind of voice you have and point you in the right direction.
Secondly, your tutor or coach will work out your tessitura and give you exercises to be getting on with. They’ll show you how to stand properly, breathe correctly, and get the most out of your singing.
You have to pay attention when learning how to sing. You have to learn to walk before you can run and grasping the fundamentals of singing will take at least a month!
Here’s the kind of advice that your singing tutor or teacher will give you:
- Warm up your voice
- Listen to yourself singing
- Work out your voice type and tessitura
- Find vocal registers that work for you
- Determine your vocal characteristics
- Practise singing melodies that you like
- Follow the rhythm
- Take singing lessons
- Practise vocalising
- Work on your breathing
- Take advice from other singers
- Work on different singing techniques
A lot of singers are nervous when they first start. The first month of your lessons is a good time to work on building up your confidence. Just be patient! Some students progress more quickly than others so give yourself time to understand the fundamentals of singing and listen to your tutor’s advice.
How Long Does It Take to Learn to Sing in Tune?
You might be wondering what this means.
A lot of singers are actually more advanced than they give themselves credit for. You might regularly sing in your car, the shower, or even on a night out with your friends.
Those who enjoy acting, yoga, or sports will already have a good idea of controlling their body and their breathing, which can also be useful for learning how to sing. Don’t forget how important posture is when you sing!
Some people are just naturally gifted when it comes to singing and will just be able to sing in tune with very little effort. Others may take a while to learn the basics. However, anyone can learn how to sing if they're willing to work hard at it.
Even if you aren’t a natural, don’t panic as you can always work on your singing. A good teacher will probably have a good idea of how long it’ll take you after the first few lessons.
With the right vocal coach or tutor, you should be able to reach your goals as long as you set the right amount of time to achieve them.
To learn how to sing, you need to dedicate a lot of time to it, be patient, and stick with it. Fifteen to thirty minutes of practice each day and a couple of hours of intensive practise once a week should do the trick.
Learning to sing in tune requires a lot of patience and hard work. It tends to take between three and four months before students feel comfortable with their voices.
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Do You Need to Study Music Theory?
A lot of musicians are familiar with music theory.
So how can you learn to sing if you’ve never studied music theory?
Whether you want to be able to sing in tune or play a musical instrument, this is a question that comes up all the time.
To learn how to sing, you don’t need to have mastered music theory as there are plenty of excellent singers who’ve never studied music theory. After all, anyone can sing.
Music theory is often taught in music lessons or at music schools but if you haven’t attended a private music school from a young age, your tutor can show you some of the basics. However, you’ll probably focus on your ear more than your knowledge of music theory. With singing exercises, warm-ups, breathing, and articulating clearly, you can sing well without a profound knowledge of the theory.
Rather than music theory lessons, consider:
- Elocution classes
- Private singing lessons
- Group classes
- Music courses
- Vocal technique classes
- Singing workshops
These are all great ways to improve your singing without music theory. Similarly, don’t let a lack of music theory hold you back. A private singing tutor can teach you the theory that you need or want to know.
If you have certain goals in mind like reading and writing music, you can always learn some music theory as part of your singing lessons. After all, there’s something very rewarding about bringing to life the music that you wrote.
But first, focus on your ear. Without a good ear, it won’t matter how much music theory you know. Being able to sing in tune and reading sheet music are two very different skills. That’s why you need to think about what you want out of your singing lessons.
Set Achievable Singing Goals
If you’re attending singing lessons or working with a private singing tutor, they’ll want to know what your goals are. It’s important to think about these as they’ll help your tutor or coach to plan their lessons and keep you motivated.
Here are the kinds of goals you could set:
- Learn to sing in tune
- Learn to sing in time
- Broaden your vocal range
- Make your voice more powerful
- Sing with more emotion
- Learn to sing for longer without tiring
- Improve your vocal technique
- Learn to sing in groups or choirs
- Learn to perform songs better
- Develop your singing style
- Enjoy singing
- Sing on stage
- Learn how to improvise
- Develop your passion for singing
Once you’ve worked out your goals, it’ll be easier to find the right singing tutor or vocal coach as the time it takes to learn how to sing will depend on your goals.
If you just want to sing for fun or sing better in the shower, you won’t need as much time to achieve your goals so ask yourself the tough questions about your motivation, dreams, and how much time you can commit to singing.
To give you a rough idea, take at least a month to get used to singing regularly and learn the fundamentals. It should take between 3 and 4 months to get comfortable with your voice.
To learn a variety of vocal techniques, you’ll need at least a year. To sing like a professional, you’ll need at least a couple of years. Just never stop singing as it’ll be your determination that will help you achieve your goals.
Now you should know a bit more about learning to sing. Don’t forget that you can find private singing tutors all over the UK and around the world on the Superprof website!
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