The Curse of The Natural Singer

Freddy-Mercury

My first two Blog entries were based on the top five questions I hear most often from vocal students. This next top question may seem odd, but, believe it or not, this is a typical question. “I have a friend who is in a successful band and they think I’m a Sucker for taking voice lessons. They have told me that singing is natural and either you have it or you don’t. Is this true?”

My answer is always the same. “Your friend is totally wrong!”

I’ll admit that there are singers out there with a natural, God given talent for singing. I run across about ten of these types a year. They walk in, sing for me and immediately blow me away! “Who were you studying singing with before you came to see me?” I ask. “Nobody.” is the usual answer. “So how did you learn to sing like that?” I ask. “Well, I just kinda picked it up from listening…I guess?” The Natural. My final question is “Well, with such natural ability, why did you even bother to come to see me?” The common reply is “That’s simple. I don’t know how I’m doing it. I just…do it! I want to know how I sing! Then I will have total control over my voice.”

The above answer is the answer of a very intelligent singer. There is not a profession on this Earth that doesn’t have a small group of individuals with a natural knack for their profession.

I find sports to be the easiest analogy. Tiger Woods is probably going to go down as one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game. David “Big Poppy” Ortiz is one of the best Home Run Hitters in baseball. Both are Naturals in their professions. Ironically, they both rely on coaches! People that help them understand the technique and mechanics of their sport. In sports we accept the idea that coaches and teachers are a part of the game. But in music, for some odd reason, its not always looked upon in the same way. I just think that’s weird!!

Here are the simple nuts and bolts of this issue. If I feel I have talent, and I am good at a specific something, in order to be the best at that something, I must completely understand it from top to bottom. I need to understand what my talent is and how it works. So, the next time your buddy tells you that your “wasting your time” understanding and learning the mechanics and techniques of singing, now you will know that they are totally off base. Especially after you’ve taken lessons for a period of time and you find yourself marching right past them in vocal talent and ability.

Of course we also have everyone that isn’t a Natural to consider. I would think it’s pretty obvious that training and lessons would be required for such individuals. That’s just common sense. But, don’t let that get you down! There have been plenty of average singers, painters, writers, actors, lawyers, doctors, chefs, baseball players and golfers that have taken the time to learn the proper technique to mastering their craft and they have become just that…Masters!!

“But, what if I can’t sing at all??” That sounds like a great topic for my next blog!! A quick answer to this question is everyone can learn to sing if they believe they can sing. You’ll just have to come back and check into this blog a couple of weeks from now and I’ll elaborate!!

That’s where I stand on The Curse of A Natural Singer. Again, Hope it helps! Any questions, please, feel free to email me! And as always, keep it real and keep singing!!