I Wonder if I Could Ever Learn to Sing

bikemech

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TCK,

I have watched some of your videos in the seasons threads. You are a very gifted entertainer. It sounds like it was a bit of a struggle for you but it seems to come through as a natural talent for you. My brother has the same gift. I think his gregarious nature has helped him a great deal. He always wants to be the center of attention. It doesn't hurt that he has been playing guitar since his early teen years, though he's been goofing off for much longer.

I started studying and playing classical guitar much later in life. I was in my thirties. I can't remember exactly how old I was. It was a struggle for me but I enjoyed it immensely. However, while I grew to become fairly proficient with the classical guitar, there was something missing. When I would get together with my brother and other family members we would bring our instruments. And here entered the frustrations - I couldn't play along with anyone. I wanted to be able to join in the music-making and maybe sing a song or two. But I just couldn't do it. I couldn't strum. And I didn't seem to have a sense for rhythm. I couldn't even begin to think about playing and singing at the same time.

I thought I had the answer. I bought myself a steel-string guitar and played that for a few years but still I struggled make music. It sounds silly, but I couldn't keep hold of a pick. The strumming never materialized and I reverted to finger style. Then, two years ago, enter- the ukulele.

It was a game-changer. The uke was, for me, like the gift of a bicycle to a child. It was freedom, independence, confidence, adventure. Of course, I had to work at it but it has been a revelation. I have explored many types of playing styles (claw-hammer, finger style, flamenco etc) and many genres of music such as Celtic, folk and rock. I have only recently gotten to the to the point where I can strum and sing at the same time. And it is a joy! My brother and I played our ukuleles together at our Thanksgiving get-together; the whole family was singing Christmas songs as well as some pop songs like "House of Gold" and "Can't Help Falling in Love With You". I can make music!

Just today I uploaded some performance videos, my first, to Youtube for my family to see. I was a bit nervous but I didn't embarrass myself. Tons o' fun.

David
 

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Good story, bikemech. Sometimes it's truly amazing what we can do if we'll "Just Do It!". :eek:ld:
 

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Im getting over the singing hurdle too. Im in m 50s and over the years just about every time I tried singing karaoke I could barely make any sounds. I thought I literally cant sing, oh well a guy cant expect to be good at everything. Recently I found a few YouTube videos on beginning singing lessons that showed me I tighten by upper chest and don't breath right which makes my voice disappear to a whisper. Now Im working I'm starting a daily practice of YouTube lessons and singing along with the radio.

And for you folks that don't think you have a good voice, I say don't worry about it. Whenever I hear someone singing with an average voice I think that maybe I could do that. Average singers are much more inspiring to me than than super talented people with non-human perfection.
 

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"I'm thinking about taking some singing lessons. I wonder if I could learn to sing well enough at least so that I could sing along with my uke."

Yes, you can learn to sing well enough and taking singing lessons is the best way to start. I wish you all the very best in your endeavours. You can do it!

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Good luck with the singing lessons. It is important if you ever want to perform publicly, whether live or electronically. It is tough for me to view a video where the singing is not good (especially in a zoom meetup). The ukulele should accompany the voice, though so many uke players and groups think the reverse with less than stellar results.
 

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Im getting over the singing hurdle too. Im in m 50s and over the years just about every time I tried singing karaoke I could barely make any sounds. I thought I literally cant sing, oh well a guy cant expect to be good at everything. Recently I found a few YouTube videos on beginning singing lessons that showed me I tighten by upper chest and don't breath right which makes my voice disappear to a whisper. Now Im working I'm starting a daily practice of YouTube lessons and singing along with the radio.

And for you folks that don't think you have a good voice, I say don't worry about it. Whenever I hear someone singing with an average voice I think that maybe I could do that. Average singers are much more inspiring to me than than super talented people with non-human perfection.
As far as I know all the same living teacher, usually more practical!
 

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My wife sang 8 part harmony acapella in college. My lack of ability to harmonize causes her great frustration.
 

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I think what holds many people back from singing is that they are trying to do it quietly and are choking down the airflow. My advice: next time you are at a birthday party just sing Happy Birthday as loud as you can and give it your all. See if that will get you closer...