Success in Singing
Do you want to be the greatest singer you can be?
Do you really? If that’s truly your goal, then make your behavior reflect your desire; if you truly want what you say you want, then make everything that would lead you to your goal a priority; and then begin to eliminate everything that is a detriment to your goal. Success in singing has nothing to do with luck, contrary to what many believe.
I had a teacher who told me, “Sayin’ ain’t doin’.” I had another teacher who frequently reminded me, “Becoming a great musician doesn’t happen by wishing.”
Everything in this world has a price. Your goal of becoming the greatest singer you can be has its own price. You alone must determine whether you are willing to pay that price.
Is achieving your goal worth doing your daily practice?
For my first eight years in singing, I constantly holed myself up in the practice rooms, my bedroom, my car, or wherever I could get the smallest bit of privacy, practicing. In those days, there were no MP3s. Instead, we recorded our lessons on audio cassette tapes to practice to daily. I wore out tape after tape, practicing the material my teacher gave me, again and again. Determined to become as good as I could be, I was focussed like a laser beam on my practice.
If singing is important to you, then be laser focussed on your daily practice; show a great interest in achieving your desire, by not only practicing daily, but practicing with great enthusiasm, care and determination to achieve your goal: to be the greatest singer you can be.
Is achieving your goal worth attending lessons each and every week?
My parents were good to me, but they had limited resources. They only gave me only ONE extra curricular activity, and that was piano lessons. I remain grateful to my parents to this day for giving me an early musical education and, despite my occasional protests, being very adamant that I practice my piano daily without fail.
I started lessons as a teen. My lessons were funded by me, with my after school job. As a young adult, I gave up a lot of things like buying extra fun things, or going out with my friends partying, in order that I could have the funds necessary to pay for my weekly lessons.
I knew that to achieve success in singing, that I must study privately with a good teacher, and that those lessons did not come cheaply. In the midst of a horrible recession during the 1980s, I still managed to find a way to pay for my weekly voice lessons. “I can’t afford it” was simply not an excuse that was going to stand in my way.
If you REALLY want something, you will find a way to pay for it.
If you truly want to become the greatest singer you can be, just find a way to make it happen financially (ethically and legally of course), and don’t let “I can’t afford it” stand in your way.
Is achieving your goal worth giving up some of your “favorite” things?
I grew up in a generation and a location where it seemed everyone smoked. It was just something we all did. I was, like most people I knew, hooked on cigarettes at a very young age. My singing teacher explained to me that because I was young, the cigarettes didn’t seem to be making that big of a difference in my voice YET. She explained that it was just a matter of time until my smoking ruined my voice. I had to make a choice: did I want to sing or did I want to smoke? It was clear that I couldn’t do both. I quit my beloved tobacco because my voice was more important to me than my smoking was. Quitting smoking was a very tough thing for me, but I did it. I have never returned to cigarettes again. Luckily I quit before I damaged my voice.
What are some of the things in your life that are standing between you and your goal of becoming the greatest singer you can be?
Perhaps you have acid reflux that is aggravated by drinking coffee; so, ask yourself, “which is more important to me, coffee or singing?” Perhaps you frequently lose your voice because you are involved in things like cheerleading; ask yourself, “What’s more important to me, cheerleading or singing?”
It may be time for you to take an honest look at the behaviors in your life and determine which ones are at odds with your stated goal. Then ask yourself, “which is most important to me?” Making sacrifices for what you love actually brings pleasure (if some difficulty).
If success in singing is not worth giving up certain behaviors, then perhaps singing is not as important to you as you say it is.
You must desire success in singing with enough passion, so that the sacrifices you must make for it will be made willingly and joyfully.
If good, healthy, beautiful singing came out of a can, I would be selling lots of cans every day. Singing does NOT come out of a can, however. Good singing comes out of your desire and determination to sing well. It’s within YOU to become your best. Anything good requires sacrifice.
If what you desire is not worth the sacrifice to you, then just stop torturing yourself with telling yourself that you want something that obviously isn’t really worth it to you. Your goal of success in singing can’t be half hearted, or you won’t ever achieve it.
This goes for you once you become commercially successful as well. You attract your audience through your passion for singing. Don’t lose that passion for singing, or you will start to lose your audience too.
Be honest with yourself right now, and answer the question, “How much is success in singing really worth to me?”