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In today’s video, I talk about how to learn to sing at any age. This video is dedicated to all of you who wonder: am I too old to learn singing? There are advantages and disadvantages. Keep on reading!
If you’d love to become a singer, but you think you are too old for that, this video is for you! Make sure that you stick to the end because I am also going to tell you how to take your first step to becoming a good singer at any age. My name is Jorgelina. I’ve been a vocal coach for 13 years and I specialize in teaching adults how to sing contemporary music online and in person from a holistic and integral approach.
Firstly, let me say one thing, and this is very important something that most people don’t realize is that your mindset plays a huge role when you’re learning anything. seriously, the main reason why people don’t learn to sing is because they shouldn’t even get started.
Try to put the negative emotions aside if possible and just focus on learning and starting from your starting point. Now, this is important because a lot of people think (things like) ‘a singer like Dimash started when he was five’. And so how can I catch up? Well, you don’t have to! If you start when you are 45, when you are 46 you’re gonna sing much better when you are 45! You have your own story and you don’t have to catch up with anyone. The important thing is that you are doing something for yourself and for your enjoyment and you can do that at any age. Anyone can learn at any age and they can become very good.
The important thing here is to find a good strategy that helps you make the best of your singing training to reach your singing goals. Which leads me to the next point. The first thing is you want to think about what your goals are in singing and of course, you can modify them as you go. But having a clear goal It’s much more helpful to provide a singing strategy that will be very useful to help you get there more quickly within those goals.
I also teach kids and one of the things they do, not all of them, but a lot of them is they make a mistake and they start laughing. Adults, on the other hand, make a mistake get very embarrassed, and don’t want to try again. And that doesn’t help learning.
So there are a lot of things that you can do to make your singing training much more quickly.
The first one of them is to work on your emotions around that. So first of all, if you want to learn something, you need to be in play mode and in curious mode, being curious about every different change rather than being embarrassed about how you sound. You should honor the current abilities that you have, which is the best way to be present in your starting point, whatever that is, and go to the next step.
One of the differences between kids and adults is that kids learn a little bit more by copying (copying the teachers’ movements, imitating sounds, etc.), but adults learn a little bit more by perceiving their instruments.
Adults actually have an easier time learning to perceive the instrument and singing from internal changes. And that’s actually really good news because the only way that you can master your instrument when you’re a singer is by perceiving it because you are working with internal muscles.
In fact, if you want to sing with good technique, you need to be able to sing from the internal muscles rather than from all the external muscles that sometimes we use and force the voice as a result.
Of course, if you are an adult and you’ve never done any music before, first you’re going to have to go through the process of connecting the brain to pitch and to rhythm and that, as I mentioned in other videos, it can be done at any age, but you can’t skip that step.
No matter how old you are. Now, there are two benefits that you actually have when learning to sing as an adult. And one of them is that, as I said before, you have a lot more stories. your voice has gone through a lot of different emotions. Because your voice it’s a very important communicator.
When you are angry, your voice sounds different than when you are sad or when you are happy. Your voice changes so you can communicate whatever you want to communicate. when you’re an adult, you have a lot of those things in your system. The sounds are there, available to you and you, hopefully, are more mature emotionally. You have gone through a lot of emotions, you have resolved them in your body, and a lot of the songs that you sing, you are going to be able to sing them from a much more honest, different perspective. It happened to me when I was a very young singer and I was in singing school and I wanted to sing a tango.
Now if you don’t know what that means, tango is an Argentinian style. It contains a lot of nostalgia and a lot of deep emotions. It’s very dense and I attempted to sing it, I was about 20 years old. And our interpretation teacher at the time looked at me and said: ‘You need to be older to sing tango. You have to have suffered a lot’. I’m 34 now and I definitely know what he meant now!
The other advantage that you have when you learn to sing as an adult is that your voice has reached another level of maturity. Your voice is different. In fact, some teachers won’t teach you until you are about 15 years old. So that makes your singing training a little bit faster.
However, a disadvantage that you have when you’re an adult is that those stories also shape your posture in certain ways. Generally, not everyone, but most of us, through the years, adopt postures that we develop through resisting emotions or spending a lot of time on a computer, etc. And they are generally not that healthy and they also shape our voice and make it more stiff and less flexible. But the good news is that posture work is always available for you and there are a lot of things that you can do to make your body more flexible.
In fact, I personally think that this is great work to do, not only for singing, but, for your general health, working with your posture, being able to have a flexible posture that is functional to whatever you want to do is going to bring you a lot of health benefits. And of course, singing benefits.
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