This is a question I will get all the time and is running through many peoples minds. Is it too late for me to start singing?
The answer that I always say is, it is never too late to start doing what you love. There will always be studies out there that say as you age it will be harder to sing or that starting young singing is important to make a music career for yourself. In this day and age, we are seeing artists emerge that are middle aged and getting record deals. There are some important questions that come up for each of us and are addressed by Barbara Lewis. Some of the questions are:
1. Am I too old? – I have heard these same words from people in their mid-twenties! Listen well! You are never too old to sing! And you are never too old to benefit from singing.
2. What About My Health? As we age, conditions do change in our bodies – including our throats. Vocal cords can become less flexible, less able to retain moisture and thus more brittle. High notes may not be as reliable. But you can still sing a lot of wonderful music if you keep your voice and body in reasonably good shape…
3. What Will My Friends (Relatives) Say? Many of us don’t start singing lessons because we feel embarrassed about pursuing this kind of a dream later in life. “People will think I’m crazy!” I have often heard. My answer is…
4. But I don’t hear as well as I used to. Is that a problem? Yes, hearing can be an issue as we age. If you feel that your hearing has changed, you should get an audiogram…(NOTE: Whether or not you intend to sing, I urge you to pay attention to your hearing. We humans need to communicate. And that means hearing well.)
5. Could I think of having a “career” this late in my life? Many other aspects of a singing life come to the fore when you are thinking about singing as a profession. When your joy of singing develops into the desire to sing more professionally, you’ve got to put on your business cap…
6. How do I start? Begin by finding a good teacher – someone who enjoys the kind of music that you want to sing. (Here is my own approach to singing and to the new and exciting way of taking voice lessons online.)
7. What do I need? Take with you an open mind and some courage. It is alright to be nervous. Singing is a very personal pursuit… Read more about this article.
Video discussing age and singing:
Getting Motivation to Follow Your Passion
We have all been there including me. Taking that first step on a new path that seems a little daunting. The good news is there are plenty of people out there to support you and even local teachers that will help push you along the way. If you are good at holding yourself accountable, I would recommend telling others what you are starting and when you plan to be at your goal. Singing is rewarding and you can see quick results with your effort. At Zen Habits, Leo Babauta discusses getting over some of his fears and taking action.
Find a purpose. You might already know what your purpose is, but it’s good to review it and keep it at the forefront of your thoughts. If you don’t have a purpose, start here: what will you want to look back on at the end of your life? What will make your life feel significant? What will give your life some meaning? If you don’t have an answer to these questions, it’s worth spending a little time here. Go for a walk and think about it.
Embrace your desire. You’re reading this article because you have a desire to do something positive in your life. Embrace that. Isn’t it wonderful that you have this desire? See this as the first positive step, one you’ve already taken. Now use it and take action.
Create the space. You won’t make any changes if you don’t create a small space for the change. When will you start making the change? In the morning, in the evening, during your lunch break? Don’t wait for the change to happen — make it happen. Block off some time on your calendar each day, even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes. If you don’t have the time, think about how long you spend each day on Facebook, TV, games, or doing smaller tasks that aren’t as important. Push those back for just a bit, and do what’s most important to you first.
Surround yourself. The best way to make change happen is to surround yourself with others making a similar change themselves, others who will support your change. Find a few people online or off, and create a support team that will check in with each other regularly. Yes, this might take some work. Yes, you can do it.
Make the accountability. Find at least one person who will hold you accountable for making this change. It might be the support team mentioned above, or a coach, or an accountability partner. Tell them not to let you off the hook.
Take a small action. If you’re overwhelmed by a large change, or a bunch of large change, just focus on one small step. What small action can you take today that will move you forward? It might be something as simple as “do an Internet search about selling my quilts online”, or “call Freddie to ask him to hold me accountable”. Take a small step, and get moving. Movement begets movement. Now take another small step. This is how change is created. Read more here.
Getting Started With Singing
We have free music lessons to get started with today on this website. There are also other small things that you can do that will make a large impact on learning to sing. If it is something that you want to do for fun or make a music career of, we have you covered. I have found an article that Jennifer wrote to discuss her singing tips.
Before you begin your singing it will be very helpful for you to do a vocal warm-up. This will allow you to sing with more freedom and will help you to sing for longer without fatigue. Just as a professional athlete will do some stretches before starting their training, it is important to warm-up your vocal chords by doing certain exercises such as lip trills so that when it’s time to sing you are in top condition.
Find you singing range
When you start singing you will want to know what your singing range is. This is simply the highest and lowest notes you can sing. Knowing what your range is will help you to find songs that suit your voice. The bbc have a great resource to help you with that here.
Make recordings of yourself singing
What you hear when you are singing is not what other people here. This is because when you sing/or talk, your ear is stimulated by the internal vibrations from the bones in your neck and your head and this will lead your to think your voice is a bit deeper than it actually is. Most people who hear a recording of them talking or singing for the first time are a little shocked because their voice is a couple of notes higher than they thought it was. Listening to yourself sing is a good way to objectively judge your singing so you know what areas you need to improve.
Listen to singers you admire
Not only can you pick-up some great tips from watching some of your favorite singers such as how they present themselves on stage and some of the singing techniques they apply, but you can often get inspired by their music and it make you want to get out there and sing yourself.
Vary the volume as you sing
Singing a song all the way through at the same volume can sometimes be a little boring and robotic. If you emphasize certain words in a song it can help to bring more emotion to the song and make it more interesting to the audience. Full article here.
There is no excuse and it is easier than ever to get started singing. If you need motivation then please reach out or find a local community. Make sure to take a moment and make a game plan. It will change your life forever.