I have been having a debate with an acquaintance this evening. She is a singing teacher and says that she can get anyone singing nicely.
I disagree (though I am not qualified in any way, shape or form). I don't think the best vocal coach in the world could get my singing sounding any nicer than a cats chorus. I love singing, but no one else likes me to sing (so i do it in the car where no one can hear me with the radio turned up loud!) I'm completely tone deaf and when I sing it's a horrible sound. No tune at all.
Most people can improve their singing ability, but only to the extent of sounding "nice". The tone of your voice is something you're born with, some people have fabulous voices and some don't. You can't teach someone to be a superstar.
My dh can sing - absolutely gorgeous, it really is such a waste, he isn’t a rock star. Even his speaking voice is divine. I on the other hand, have always believed myself to be tone deaf. However, I LOVE singing and am partial to a bit of karaoke. DH is of the school of thought, that yes, you can be taught to sing. So why not give it ago! Once I get a keyboard to practice on, DH is going to teach me.
I sing in a community choir. There are no auditions so anyone can join. In the main, most people have a passable voice and can keep in tune, although wouldn’t necessarily be solo material.
One lady I often have the misfortune to stand next to is utterly tone deaf bless her. She kind of goes up and down at the right times, but totally misses the notes altogether and then questions the choir leader about whether she’s teaching things right! I’d have more sympathy for her terrible singing if she weren’t such a know it all.
As DD (now 18) once told me after a particularly rousing absolutely shockingly bad rendition of "I wanna dance with somebody" & a discussion about my singing abilities in the car "everybody can sing mum... some people just don't sound very good" obviously she didn't mean me
I think most people can be taught the correct breathing and modulation to sound OK singing. It’s a bit subjective anyway; I find many modern pop singers nasal and whiny. One of my favourite singers doesn’t have a very powerful technique but the emotion in his voice makes his songs beautiful.
To be fair I'm still traumatised from school choir where the music teacher would go down the line ordering sing... sing... sing... mime... sing... mime... I was a 'mime’ that’s terrible! But maybe I should mention it to my choir leader
I've sort of taught myself to sing , I've had no lessons ever or stage school type stuff . Was never into drama but I WANT to sing well so I sing all the time and practice . I think my voice is getting better as I get older if that's possible .. I do think if I had lessons I could probably be fairly good .. I'm not going to though .