How to Enjoy Singing Without Caring How You Sound

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Enjoy Singing Even If You Sound Bad

Singing is your birthright. Yes it is. You have the right to express your emotions through singing just as you do through speaking.

You have the right to sing the blues. You have the right to belt out the lyrics to " Oklahoma." You have the right to join your favorite singer in a song. Singing is everyone's right regardless of how good or bad the singing may be.

Of course, the better you sound the more you'll enjoy singing. But at the same time, you can't allow a bad sounding voice to stop you from one of the greatest joys a human can experience - singing.

I've been teaching people to sing all my life and now I'm going to teach you how to enjoy singing and not give a hoot about how you sound.

Sing Along For Fun

Don't Worry About Your Singing

Read the following lyrics from the song "Sing" recorded by the late Karen Carpenter. Joe Raposo, the staff writer for the popular children's television show Sesame Street, wrote this song. I'd like to give him a great big hug for his positive and motivating words.


Sing sing a song
Sing out loud sing out strong


Sing of good things not bad
Sing of happy not sad

Sing sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole lifelong


Don't worry that it's not good enough
For anyone else to hear
Just sing sing a song

Sing sing a song
Let the world sing along


Sing of love there could be
Sing for you and for me

Sing sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole lifelong


Don't worry that it's not good enough
For anyone else to hear
Just sing sing a song
Just sing sing a song

Now that you've read through the lyrics, it's time to sing along with the video to the right.

Come on now - don't be shy. Just sing.

Sing Loud and Proud

Don't buy into other peoples negative and critical nonsense. Believe in Yourself. There's always someone who delights in bringing others down. These kind of people use criticism to build themselves up by tearing others down because they have such low self esteem.

Unless you're going for a recording contract, it doesn't matter one bit how you sound. And chances are you sing better than you think you do anyhow. So when you sing, sing loud and proud. Let those words come out clearly and sing with all the emotion you can muster up.

Do you care what others think when you say "my name is -?" Of course you don't. So why do you care what someone thinks if you sing "my name is-?"

It doesn't matter how you sound because you are simply expressing yourself. You're not a robot. You're a beautiful human being with all kinds of emotions. Release those feelings. Give them wings to fly. This is how to enjoy singing.

To Sing Without Care - Try Writing Your Own Songs And Sing Them

I just love teaching singers and other musicians how to write their own songs. Anyone can do this. In a minute I'll show you how.

But meanwhile I want you to realize how singing a song that no one has heard before will free you up to enjoy singing without caring if you do sound bad. Think about this:

  • Your voice cannot be compared to anyone else singing your song because you are the only one who knows the song. You wrote it. You can sing it anyway you choose. After all, it's your song and belongs to only you.
  • It's so much more fun to sing a song that you wrote yourself. You wrote the melody and the words and even added your own rhythm. You can sing it fast or slow, high or low.
  • No one can be judgmental because they haven't a clue about how your song goes.

Sounds pretty good doesn't it? So let's get you started with a few tips on writing your first song.

Build the framework for your song using words

Write down thoughts, words and ideas for your song. They can be in any order for now.
Write down thoughts, words and ideas for your song. They can be in any order for now. | Source

Writing Your First Song

Although it's true that a certain amount of skill is necessary to write a good song, it's also true that anyone can write a song. And that includes you. If you're tempted to skip this section - please reconsider.

I'm going to show you just how easy it is to begin to compose your own song. I'm not going to get technical here. Let's just keep it simple for now.

  1. Subject Matter - This is an important first step because once you decide what you want to write about it's easy for you to create ideas.
  2. A Backing Track - As you listen to the beat, you will get ideas about what the song can be about.
  3. The Chorus of the song is easier to begin with. The Chorus is also called "the hook" which connects the verses to the song.
  4. The minute you come up with an idea write it down. This is crucial because you will most likely not remember what the idea was later. So always have a way to jot down your ideas. Many great songs come from moments of inspiration. Be ready for these times.
  5. Your song must express how you feel. This is what drive's the listener to really like your song. So writing about your feelings is key to the success of your song. Begin jotting down your feelings and take it from there.
  6. As composers we must help listeners to understand, experience, and remember the emotional message at the heart of our songs.
  7. The title will define the message of the song so don't stray too far from your title.

Now begin jotting down ideas about love, the sun, stars, loss, my heart, the way she or he looks, rain, dreams - well, you get the general idea. This is all subject matter. You can also combine subject matter.

The first line of your song doesn't have to make sense yet. Just write and when nothing comes up for you leave a blank and continue on. It can be filled in later. You are building your song your own experiences a little at a time. You can make 100 changes and that is perfectly okay.

Writing songs has a structure and rules to follow. I have only 'touched' on a simple approach here to get started. There are videos available as well as articles to give you additional help. Check out the video below.

There's a song inside of each of us

Enjoy singing and release your sound.  A wonderful, healthy way to honor yourself.
Enjoy singing and release your sound. A wonderful, healthy way to honor yourself. | Source

Honor Yourself - Sing With Joy

How does honoring yourself help you to enjoy singing and not care about how you sound?

  • When you allow yourself to feel joy without judgement you are honoring yourself. You sing because it feels good.
  • Singing is nothing more than a higher form of expressing yourself. And when you sing you are clearing away the cobwebs in your mind.
  • Honor yourself by reducing your present level of fear. Fear will rob you of success. The more you sing, the better you will sound and the better you sound, the less fear you'll experience.
  • When you're confident about your singing you care less about what others think.
  • Get emotionally lost in the song. Your attention must go on your true feelings. This is a time to use your imagination and 'live' the words for believability.

Quotes About Singing

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb

Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin

Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children. ~Marilyn Penland

The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside. ~Rabindranath Tagore

A song will outlive all sermons in the memory. ~Henry Giles

As long as we live, there is never enough singing. ~Martin Luther

I sing like I feel. ~Ella Fitzgerald

Singing in a group is one of the best ways to build confidence and reduce fear.
Singing in a group is one of the best ways to build confidence and reduce fear. | Source

Singing With Confidence

You actually sound better when you sing with confidence. You really do. When you feel confident about something, whether it,s dancing, cooking, making a sale or speaking in public you do it better. You make less mistakes. Your level of fear diminishes.

To enjoy singing and build confidence try the following:

  • Sing with a group of friends.
  • Sing a funny song.
  • Sing songs that are easy to sing.
  • Sing songs that you know real well.
  • If you sing in front of others, select a song that they can join in with.
  • Sing an original song or one that you wrote.

Confidence isn't built in a day. Keep singing. The more you put yourself out there and sing in front of other people, the faster your confidence will grow.

Begin by singing fun songs for children and let them join you. After you've experienced doing this a few times you will notice how much easier it becomes.

Christmas is a great opportunity to get a group together and go caroling. Everyone takes part in the joy of singing carols.

Summing it up -

Singing is your birthright. I hope you know that. Don't allow anyone to take this right away.

  • Believe in yourself and don't buy into anyone's negativity or criticism.
  • Sing with your own emotional feelings. Express yourself truthfully.
  • Build your self-confidence by singing for children.
  • Sing songs that are fun and that others can join in on.
  • Try to write your own songs.
  • Sing songs that you know well.
  • Self-confidence will help you to sound better.
  • Honor yourself by reducing all fear.

The voice is as unique as the person it belongs to. If we are to truly sing, that fact must be respected.

Powerful singing is all about individuality, separateness and courage. It is not about a perfect voice.

We do not create the voice - the voice creates us.

Sing without judgement or care. Sing with joy.

How Much Do You Enjoy Singing?

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Thank you ~

Thank you for stopping by. To see more of my articles on singing please visit my profile.

Sing with joy!

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

This reminds me of a granddaughter who loved to sing and was sooo bad, but today just out of her teens she is a great singer! I would never have believed it but it is possible I know now. ^


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

I had to come read this. I absolutely love to sing and I always thought I was pretty good. Well, when dating my now husband, I always sang in the car and finally one day he said....would you mind not singing, you really are not good. I figured he was tone deaf or something. I was crushed and went home to call my dad. My father played guitar and sang songs and I would always sing with him. I asked him if I was any good and he said that he loved me very much and enjoyed spending time with me. It did not matter if I could sing well or not. So much for my singing career.

I still love to sing, but only by myself, usually in the car. I still think I sound like Aretha Franklin and that is all that matters.

What a great hub. Maybe I'll write my own songs and sing them at an open mic night or maybe not.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, I am so glad you have stated this here, as no one should not enjoy the joy of singing, even if they are terrible sounding when they sing, like me :) and I do not care how I sound, as it is simply a joyous thing to do so.

Now, I have been reading your hubs, and trying really hard to improve, but not matter what, I will sing!

I love your quotes and your wisdom shared here.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

Wonderful hub!!!! Sharing.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

We have several in our extended family who can't carry a tune in a bushel basket....and it is wonderful to see the enjoyment they get from singing. I love the message here, Audrey. Your love of music shines through.

blessings and love always

bill


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These are such great ideas, Vocalcoach. Singing helps drive away the blues or helps express them in any case. Even ancient text told us to "Make a Joyful Noise"... and to "Come before His presence with singing." (Psalm 100) We used to recite that one in school every day in 3rd grade. I still remember it.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Jackie - Thanks so much for sharing your story about your granddaughter.

This is just wonderful to hear. Sometimes younger people have to grow into their voice. Sounds like that's what happened with your granddaughter. :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Glimmer Twin Fan - Your father is a very wise man. He is loving as well. I'm so glad that you still sing. Aretha Franklin is one of my top favorites. You're in excellent company :) Thanks for liking my hub and do consider writing a song or two. Enjoy your day and sing with joy!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I love to sing but really don't sing very well. You love of singing certainly shines through and I enjoyed your hub. I sing mostly at church and softly when I do chores around the house. Awesome hub. God bless.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Audrey. When my children were still young (ages, 2, 6, 10 and 12), my hubby and I drove cross country from Florida to California and back in a station wagon and had one of the best month vacations ever. What has that got to do with your topic? We sang our way together during that entire 6,000 mile trip.Even today, so many light years later, I can't hear 'Breakin' Up is Hard to Do,' or 'Speedy Gonzalez' without laughing and breaking into song myself.


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heidithorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

The past few years I've been singing a song as part of a plug for my business at chamber of commerce events. Even though I certainly don't have the gift, it does go over very well. I'm just doing it for fun and that really helps. Thanks for encouraging all us non-singing singers!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

You,ve made a believer out of me. I will now sing without shame. I really do love to sing, i'm not good, but i still love it. I remember singing in church and was so off key, i stopped singing. I love to sing when i'm driving my car. You are an inspiration!! Thank you...


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Your music articles always inspire me! Great tips for singers of all ability levels.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Faith Reaper - I love it! Sing, sing, sing for the joy of singing. This is the message I so want to leave with everyone. I am starting to write a book about this. I've actually been collecting bits and pieces of my thoughts for years and now putting it all together. Blessings to you, my friend and light. Audrey

HeatherH104 - Thank you very much for being here. I really appreciate it!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Yu are one inspiring lady Audrey ; your love for music shines through and you give your all to each hub. Here's wishing you a wonderful day my very dear friend . I am voting this gem up and also sharing onto my FB page A Brand New Dawn.

Lots of love

Eddy.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Bill - You always write comments that touch on the message and at the same time, recognize and pay tribute to the passion of the writer. You are an 'Adonis.' Enjoy your day and sending warm hugs your way. Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

PegCole17 - Hello my friend. I want to thank you for leaving such inspirational comments. And you have an impressive memory, taking you all the way back to 3r grade :) I'm looking up Psalm 100 right now. Love to you Peg.


Deb Welch 3 years ago

I sang along with Karen Carpenter. I loved her voice. I can't sing - I must be way off key - in church when I sing hymns - someone has always turned around to see who was singing and it was not a pleasant look on the person's face. Now - I quietly sing - so I am not detectable. I wish I could sound much better - oh well.

I wrote a song in the 80's - Beautiful Jesus - lyrics and how it was to be sung as I don't know how to write music but can follow along okay. Useful and Interesting. Excellent work as always.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Leave it to our "Happy, Sweet, Audrey," to make my day!......I DO love to sing along with songs that I like. ....especially when I'm working around the house, with the music up loud.

I'm not the most horrendous singer in the world....but it is probably best, if I only sing in front of people who love me!! Raw eggs hurt when they hit you in the eye!

You know....I tell people the same thing about "dancing." When I hear, "Oh no, I CAN"T dance," I say...."Of COURSE you can dance!! Just move to the music and forget anyone is watching!!"

The QUOTES are terrific!......Great hub, VC!!..............UP+++


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pamela99 - Hi there. Hearing that you love to sing gives me a happy heart!

And I do have a love for singing and more than anything would like to inspire others to enjoy their own voices. So glad that you sing at church ( like the angels) and at home too. You were born to sing. Thanks so much Pamela and blessings to you!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - Oh, how wonderful to hear about your entire family singing on a 6,000 mile trip! What glorious memories. And I just love the song "Breakin' Up is Hard to Do. 'Speedy Gonzalez' brings back memories for me too:) So glad you shared this. Warms the cockels of my heart. What are 'cockels (cockles?)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

What an inspiring hub! I love singing - it immediately change my mood to positive, and it actually gives me courage and energy. Also love to sing while on the road. I often get the cooperation of my grandchildren, as I have done with my children, by singing their favorite songs using my own words.

Excellent hub!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I'm overjoyed to warm your cockles anytime, Audrey. The phrase, warm the cockles of your heart, means reaching the the core of one's being - but I'm not certain how it originated. Only know it has been used since 1671.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

heidithorne - Hi! The best reason to sing is because it's fun. Congratulations to you heidi!

Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

always exploring - I always 'light up' with joy when I see you, my friend. :)

And to add to that, I'm even more happy to hear that you will sing without shame! Thank you for sharing this with me. Sing on!

Hugs,

Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

randomcreative - You've told me just what I want to hear. If I can inspire even one more person to sing and feel the joy, I'm so happy! Thanks, my friend.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Eddy - You have left me with such beautiful, touching comments. It's always such a treat to see you. I will visit your FB page and thank you for sharing. This Sunday will be another year without my beautiful son, Todd. Will the pain ever leave my broken heart? I think about your dear, sweet Erin as well.

Much love ~

Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Deb! So good to see you here. I'm so glad you sang along with the Karen Carpenter video. Those words are so true. Don't you allow anyone to keep you from singing. That 'dunce' in church that turned to look at you as you were singing is rude and quite ignorant. Don't you even think about singing quietly - in fact sing louder. You're singing to Jesus, not to anyone else and He loves your praise through singing. So - sing out LOUD and sing out STRONG!

Start singing the song you wrote "Beautiful Jesus." Sing it every single day with all of your heart. Good for you. Thank you for sharing your lovely comments and for the nice rating. I'm here for you when you need me. Hugs - Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh, my beautiful fpherj48! How I wish I lived closer to you and I would be taking dancing lessons every day! Even in my old age I love to move these creaky old limbs to music. The reason I like to exercise to the old Richard Simmons Videos is because I feel like I'm dancing and not exercising. And I know that dancing is the best and most enjoyable exercise we can do.

Here's a thought...how's about you and I packing up a trunk of costumes and you and I going on the road as a duo!!! I'll help you with the singing and you teach me to dance a few steps. Our names will be in lights and we'll play the "Palace." (We can write hubs during our break's.)

Thanks so much for the generous votes! Big hugs and a high kick :) Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thank you Martie! Singing while on the road with your grandchildren leaves joyous, impressionable memories for these little ones. And for Grama too :)

You can't imagine how happy you have made me as I read that my hub gave you a positive feeling about singing. That's exactly what I was hoping to hear.

Singing is not given to a chosen few - singing is every persons right. So sing with joy my dear and beautiful Martie. Hugs from me. Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - Thank you kindly for the enlightening information about the word 'cockles.' I love my new word and it's beautiful meaning and will use it from time to time. And thanks for warming my cockles you sweet one you!


just-about 3 years ago

I loved singing along to the Karen Carpenter video - I was feeling a little lonely before singing, now I don't. The rest of the hub also helped me - I've recently moved to a new town, alone and want to join a singing group. I'm lacking the courage at the moment - but this hub helped.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

just-about ~ You've made my day! Knowing that you sang long with the Karen Carpenter video is a very 'healthy' thing to do. Good for your mental and physical being. (check out my hub on the health benefits of singing).

Don't be afraid to try-out for a singing group in your new area. Chances are very good that you are equal or better than most singers and singing groups are always very happy to find new members. So begin to 'visualize' yourself singing with others and this will help to summon up your courage.

Regardless of how you think you sound - good or bad - enjoy singing often and listen for your joy and not compare your singing to others. So, go ahead and find a singing group or two. Act confident to feel confident!

Glad this hub helped and let me know how you are doing. Thanks ~ Audrey


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Audrey,

I like to sing alone but I clam up if others are around. Many years ago I wrote some country songs. I don't know how to write music so I made the tunes up in my head. I still remember them today.

Singing praises on your hub. Voted up+++ and sharing

Have a good week.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hi Audrey. I have tired to write short stories, I can write a poem anytime. While writing EWC I several times attempted writing a song. Now that you have provided this very informative piece I may have come a lot closer. Heck before you know it I will be singing, me-me-me. Ready?


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

What a joyful article Audrey! I tell students all the time to stop listening and feel instead--so much more gratifying!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I use to sing as a teenager, and was in a little quartet, but I sound awful now. This makes me feel way better. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sueswan - So great that you made up your own songs. Some of the best songs written were by those that didn't know how to write them. In fact I'm presently working with an up and coming country artist who wiites amazing songs. She can't write them out, so I do that for her. She makes them up in her head like you did.

Thanks my friend and keep on singing!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mcbirdbks - I'm oh so ready to hear your first song. Keeping it simple is the key to good lyrics. You probably know this and if so, I apologize. Please send me your lyrics when they're ready. Would love to look at them. Promise not to steal :)


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

This one was written for me! Actually, my voice isn't that horrible, but I've noticed it has changed during the aging process. I was never a smoker, although I've had periods in my life where I have had a few cigarettes, so I know that never helped.

I used to write songs when I was a teen-and play the guitar, but I've not done that in many a day. Still, that never stops me from singing aloud, because I love to sing. It IS our god given right-you are so correct, and a joyful heart sings out praises!

Now, I'll mostly sing alone in the house or in the car-with or without music. I have some frequent favorites and when the mood strikes, nothing will stop me. I still make up songs, but haven't really written anything more down.

I enjoyed this wonderful hub, Audrey, and always find your encouragement delightful. Take care and UP/Awesome and Useful. Sharing-


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

As one of those who can't keep a tune very well, I thank you...I shall resume my singing. I stopped when my dog at the time thought there was something wrong with me and became concerned when I started singing....LOL... Maybe she just wanted to sing along, eh? What a positive Hub. Thanks! Will be sharing!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Audrey - If I lived close to you, I'd run on over for some singing lessons. It's been so long since I've studied. Would love to do more work on my voice. Thank you ~ Audrey

rebeccamealey - What fun it is to sing in a quartet. I hope my hub has inspired you to keep on singing. Thanks

Denise - Thank you for being here and for sharing this hub. I do so appreciate the kind gesture. But that's what you're all about. You care and support so many writers. What a blessing you are!

Writing (making up) your own songs is a magnificent thing to do. The more you write, the easier it becomes and the better you get. Something like what happens to us here on Hubpages. :)

I'm so darn happy to hear that you love to sing. What fun we would have if we could spend the day together. Thank you for your generous votes and again, for sharing.

Love you lots ~ Audrey


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Useful tips and interesting information, Audrey! I think all of us, singers and non singers are bathroom singers at the very least. Joy in the heart does erupt into singing most of the time and may times we do keep humming a song.

Loved the tips to write one's own songs as well.

Voted up, useful, interesting. Sharing and pinning as well.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Scribenet - You are so funny! I'm pretty sure your dog just wanted to sing along :) Thanks for being here and for sharing this. Have a splendid day ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear rajan - I love what you've said and may use it in other hubs crediting your name. "Joy in the heart does errupt into singing most of the time and many times we do keep humming a song." This is such a beautiful quote.

It's both fun and cathartic to write our own songs. Thank you so much for adding such depth to my hub. Appreciate your vote up, useful, interesting and sharing and pinning. With gratitude ~ Audrey


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I don't sing. I use to sing to my kids when they were babies because they didn't care how I sounded. My sister was the song bird in our family she sang all the time and made up her own songs. Great hub voted up and shared.


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vandynegl 3 years ago from Ohio Valley

These are great ideas and very helpful! I always thought I could sing.....no one has told me to stop! ha ha! There are some songs that I just cannot do though! The singing machines are a good idea. Thanks for writing!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

moonlake - Good morning my friend. I sing my list of positive affirmations during the week. " I am completely at peace" somehow 'sinks in' deeper and my attention becomes peaceful. Singing brings more energy vibrations to the mind and body than speaking. Why not try this?

Let me know how this works for you. Thanks so much for being here, voting up and sharing.

Hugs to you ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

vandynegl - Hello and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. It's good that you recognize not all songs are for your voice. It's when we try to sing songs that are not meant for us that we get into trouble. :) Keep singing and thank you!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

What a great hub! I often tell students that they have to risk sounding bad rather than pulling the voice or breath back in fear of sounding bad---


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

I enjoy singing, but I've had the misfortune to be surrounded in my adult life by assorted people (ex husband; one daughter; current husband) who possess near-perfect pitch. It is intimidating, especially when the daughter (then in 5th grade and already in the SF Girls' Chorus) commented, "keep your day job."

I tend only to sing when alone nowadays, which anymore is not often, as my husband is disabled, and I am his sole caregiver. :-(

I will sing along with my iPod songs, and along comes hubby and tells me I'm off key, and that I would be on-key better with only a single earbud in place. Really??? I don't understand why.

I did take some voice lessons in my mid 40's, and got up the guts to audition for a musical play with, "Whatever Lola Wants" as my rendition. I didn't get the part, but I did it more for the experience than to really get a role in the play....

That said, even when I think I'm sounding pretty good and patting myself on the back, and should I hear a recorded playback of myself, then I cringe...and stop singing.

Great article, with some top-notch ideas. Thanks for sharing them!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Audrey - What great advice for your vocal students! Thanks for sharing this. So nice to see you here my friend. ~ Hugs.

DzyMissLizzy - You have your hands full being your husband's sole caregiver. I have to say that I am puzzled by his advice to use only 1 earbud. Never heard of that before. I sure hope you continue to sing in spite of hearing your recorded voice :) Thanks so much for being here and your wonderful support. ~ Audrey

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    Audrey Hunt (vocalcoach)1,694 Followers
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    Respected vocal coach Audrey Hunt believes singing is our birthright. "If you can speak you can sing." Sing with joy and passion.



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