How long does it take to become the singer you want to be?
Many people wonder how long it will take for them to become the singer they desire to become.
Many people believe the common myth that you need to start when you’re young.
Others believe you’re either born with a fantastic voice or you’re not. Both of these beliefs are simply myths. They’re merely excuses made by people who aren’t sure why they didn’t become the singer they had always wanted to be or by vocal coaches who can’t produce a substantial level of improvement.
First thing’s first: there are no shortcuts.
You have to put in the work. If you have the right method and you put in the work then your success rate will be 100%. You will become a great singer.
Many people’s expectations of their voice is too high.
So as a vocal coach for 5 years I will fill you in on a secret: Voice is not a lot of growing over time. It’s a lot of failing, seeing no improvement and then all of a sudden, click, you fixed this problem.
Now there is a portion of singing that is strength development since it involves your muscles. However, the majority of your experience (from a physical standpoint) is simply learning how to coordinate and use your body. When you were learning to walk, it wasn’t a matter of “I’m going to see incremental progress”, it was more of a matter of “how can I use these things” and failing to do so over and over again until one day, boom, you could walk after weeks of falling on your face.
There are many other processes in life that progress in this fashion. Singing is one of them. Just a heads-up though: toddlers never say about walking “maybe this isn’t for me”!
Doing the work it takes
What you need to focus on is making sure you simply do the work. Everyone wants to know how long it will take and the real answer is it will just take as long as takes. Just like some people learned to walk faster than others or learned how to talk sooner, so to do people progress differently with voice.
For most people it typically takes three years to get all the foundations down. That being said, when you have all the foundations down as a singer, you’ll be a very good singer. Voice is one of those instruments where simply getting the foundations down is such a task that the majority of people never reach that point. If you’re looking to go beyond foundations and learn to distort the voice, extend your chest voice as far as possible etc. It can take another 2 years of diligent practice to get that down.
Practising Singing and how long it takes
Now, that being said, you can speed up this process by simply practicing more. The 3-year rule for me is a singer who practices 1 hour a day at least 5 days a week. If you practice two hours a day you can speed up this process tremendously. It all depends on how badly you want it and your willingness to put in the time.
It also depends on whether you have the right method and coach though. If you don’t you could be wasting your time. My advice is to make sure that your vocal coach can sing the way you want or at least has the foundations down so that they can help you get that part done. If not, then a new coach geared towards your specific genre can help you with the rest of it.
About the author:
Chris Glyde is a vocal Coach based in Rochester, New York who is constantly helping his students to propel their voices to new heights. If you’re looking for a Voice coach to help you check out voice lessons in Rochester.