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February 16, 2024 5 mins

Have more fun by learning to sing something confidently

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Welcome to Before Breakfast, a production of iHeartRadio. Good Morning,
This is Laura. Welcome to the Before Breakfast podcast. Today's
tip is to learn how to sing at least one
song reasonably well. Not only can this be helpful at parties,

it can be a lot of fun too. So I
am on a mission in life to help people realize
that very few folks are truly tone deaf. Most people
who claim to be terrible singers simply haven't practiced. They
don't sing much in their adult lives beyond the occasional

happy birthday at parties. Saying you can't sing is much
like saying you can't run a five k. A few
folks have conditions that would preclude it, But if you
can walk from the parking lot to your office, then,
as the popularity of the couch to five k programs

out there shows, you can probably run for about thirty
minutes straight within a few months with practice. Likewise, unless
you have a few very specific conditions, you can probably
sing reasonably well with practice too. Anyway, I can't remember
where I read this career tip, but several years ago

I saw a roundup of how one might invest one
thousand dollars or so in advancing one's career. Most of
the advice was about taking courses, but one of the
more offbeat ideas was to spend the money on voice lessons,
get really good at a particular karaoke song, and then

perform it at the office holiday party. People would definitely
notice you and remember you, and if you are at
a large company, marketing yourself in that way is not
a terrible idea, even if you are not gunning for
a promotion. Though, learning one particular song that you can

confidently sing just could be a lot of fun. Singing
is fun, whether you do it at the office Christmas
party or just in the shower. It is fun to
actually enjoy listening to yourself. So how do you get there? First,
you can choose a song that works well with your voice.

Think about the songs you most love singing along to.
Sometimes it's because they are catchy, but other times it's
because the voice works well in your range. Experiment with
singing along with the radio in the car. If there
is one particular artist that you like a lot whose
voice seems to match the range of your own, go

find everything that person has written. Are there any songs
that make you particularly happy to sing along. Once you've
got a favorite, it's time to practice. Search online for
some good vocal exercises to warm up your voice. Notice
how after you've been vocalizing for a while, you'll sound

a little more confident on notes that aren't too high
or too low. Then find the lyrics for the song
you want to try practice singing it a few times.
How does it sound? If you are brave, try taping
yourself and seeing if you can find an instrumental version
of the song to play along. What parts could use

some work. You absolutely can find a teacher who can
help you to Just like people look for running coaches,
there are voice teachers out there. As an adult, you
might not want to do lessons for years, but even
if you can help, you can also look for opportunities
to practice singing. Try going back to that house of

worship you haven't been attending regularly, Find a community chorus
that takes all comers and go a few times, and
then invite some friends to go do karaoke and try
out your favorite song. I think you will find that
this is a wonderful addition to life. There is a
reason we remember song lyrics far more easily than spoken words.

Humans were made to sing, so why not learn to
do so. Feeling confident with just one song can change
how you think about things. You will sing Happy Birthday
a little more loudly in groups and carry everyone along
and trust me, we need people who can do this

and that can definitely be you. In the meantime, this
is Laura. Thanks for listening, and here's to making the
most of our time. Thanks for listening to Before Breakfast.

If you've got questions, ideas, or feedback, you can reach
me at Laura at Laura vandercam dot com. Before Breakfast
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