I started singing when I was a teenager, although I was not any good, and it took me years to learn how to do it properly. There are still many areas I can improve on, and my age is not a factor that comes into play when I think about me improving my singing ability. So it should not be for you.
Singing is a learned skill that can be developed at any age. The vocal cords are tissues that do lose their elasticity with age. However, they are surrounded by muscles, and with the correct exercises, techniques, practice routine, and with determination, consistency, perseverance, and practice, singing can be learned at any age.
In this article, I want to explain that you can, and many people have learned to sing later on in their life. I’ll even show you many famous artists that made a name for themselves after they were 30 years old, and some even only made it to the top of superstardom when they were 50. We’ll also look at the main critical factors in learning to sing, and if age plays a role in them. Let’s begin.
Am I too old to learn how to sing?
I am thrilled to tell you that you can learn to sing no matter how old you think you are. If you are 30, 40, 50, or even 60, you can still learn to sing. You can learn to sing at any age.
What we need to do is look at “learning to sing” in a relative term. What is “learning to sing?” Do you consider learning to sing as being able to sing like Christina Aguilera, or do you consider yourself being able to sing Happy Birthday because you can’t carry a tune in a bucket?
It would help if you remembered that the vocal folds (cords) are tissues surrounded by muscles and that they are part of your larynx. Like with any exercise, if you practice with the correct technique and do it consistently, those muscles will grow, develop, and learn accordingly.
Read my article on Are singers naturally talented? – here.
The degree to which your vocal cords learn is not hindered by age. However, when you get older, the vocal cords do lose their elasticity to some degree. The main thing to remember is that with consistency and practice, you can get to a formidable level and even a professional one.
Watch New York Vocal Coaching explain that you can learn to sing at any age.
What is the best age to start learning how to sing?
Many people will say many different things about this question. Some things to note are that if you want to master the art and craft that is singing, the earlier you start, probably the better, just for the simple fact that like with anything in life, it will take some time.
This does not mean you have to be a child when you start to learn how to sing or even in your 20’s to master singing. It just means that to reach certain skill levels, experience is required, and experience takes time.
Do you have to start singing at a young age?
When you are young, the body is still growing and developing, so it is easy to teach the body to do new things. However, children do not have the motivation, patience, and determination that an adult has. So, these factors have to be taken into consideration.
With the help of their parents, some children will learn to be good singers by starting at a young age, and some will not. Parents will offer them discipline and structure and make them practice regularly (no parent wants to pay for singing lessons, and then their child does not practice).
A critical moment in a child’s life is when they go through puberty, which affects the voice in many ways. Some children actually lose the ability to sing after they go through puberty. So, in some circumstances, perhaps it is only better to start singing a little later, perhaps from a child’s teenage years.
Watch Vocal Splendor Studios explain what age is the best age for a child to start singing lessons.
This still does not mean you have to be young to be able to sing. I’ve listed the most crucial factors in determining what will make you a successful singer (successful in being able to sing).
What are the important factors that play a role in learning how to sing?
I’ve broken down the most important factors and components in learning to sing, and as you can see, these factors are not age-specific.
Learning to sing requires consistency no matter your age
Consistency is the key to learning to do anything well. If you do something over and over again, you get experienced at doing it. You can create and develop a deep understanding of a skill if you consistently do it day after day. You then get to understand what you are doing wrong and how you can do it better. This is because the brain is very good at problem-solving. Subconsciously your brain will take control of your actions and push you in the right direction if you understand and know what you are supposed to be doing and how to do it correctly. Eventually, with consistency, you will gradually get better.
Learning to sing requires motivation no matter your age
Keeping yourself motivated to sing is key in learning to sing no matter your age. When you start, you might think that you sound horrible, and this is the most common reason people stop singing in the first place. They say they are tone-deaf and can’t sing to save their life. However, you need to keep yourself motivated because if you do this, then the previous factor of consistency falls into play.
Learning to sing requires determination no matter your age
Determination falls in line with motivation and consistency. You need to set goals for yourself and be determined to get there. Don’t just say you want to be the best singer that ever lived and go on your merry way. For example, set goals for yourself like:
- In 2 months, I want to be able to sing the major scale from memory
- In 3 months, I want to be able to sing my favorite song
- In 4 months, I want to have increased my range by so 3 notes
Without goals to focus on and work towards, your determination will be geared and driven towards completing each goal as the time frame gets closer and closer. However, don’t be deterred if you don’t hit a goal as expected. Remember that you can only plan in life and work towards your goals. If you reach them, then that’s fantastic. If not, then carry on, and you will reach that milestone eventually.
Learning to sing requires correct techniques no matter your age
Even if a child starts singing from a young age, there is no guarantee that they will be good singers. It would help if you practiced the correct techniques to develop and mold your vocal cords, teaching them to perform and act how you want them to. Practicing the correct techniques helps you with this. It is better to be an adult in some instances because you can understand and comprehend what you need to do; you also have the patience to do so.
Learning to sing requires the correct exercises no matter your age
As with practicing the correct techniques, you need to practice the correct exercises then. Techniques help you with singing correctly, and the exercises help you actually to sing. No matter your age, if you are young or old, these exercises are learned and practiced. By practicing them, you will improve as a singer.
Learning to sing requires time no matter your age
Taking all the previous factors into account, if you practice consistently with determination and you keep yourself motivated, then you practice the correct techniques and exercises, you will learn to sing over time. Remember, Rome was not built in a day, but it was built. If you keep all these factors in mind, then time is the only thing you need to consider in achieving your goals as a singer.
How fast can I learn how to sing?
Well, that depends. If you have hours and hours available every day to practice, then you could get relatively good relatively quickly. However, considering a person’s daily life, it is more likely that you can only practice for a limited amount of time each day.
Nevertheless, if you only practice for 30 minutes every day and consistently, you will see results relatively quickly. Singing, just like any other skill, can be developed where you will be able to sing songs in tune in a short amount of time. You might not be able to sing your favorite song like your favorite artist, but you will definitely be able to sing that song in tune in your own voice in your own register.
Developing range and other techniques will take a certain amount of time and might come easier and quicker to other people. Although they will also have to put in the effort to reach the levels, they would like to achieve.
Can I have a career in singing if I learn how to sing later on in life?
You might not be a pop superstar if you learn to sing at 50 years old, but you can teach your voice to be the best it possibly can be and even have a career in singing if you wish. The most determining factor other than practice and being able to sing is sheer will, dedication, and perseverance.
As I said, you might not have a platinum-selling album, but remember, a career in singing does not mean you have to sell 10 million albums. Thousands of singers make a living and have a career in singing, and they have not sold a single song.
You get many forms of careers as a singer, and some include teaching, singing in hotels, and cruise liners. I know this because it is what I do as a professional singer.
I have listed famous singers who only made it as superstar artists later on in life. All the singers below achieved success after 30 years of age, and some were well into their 40s and even 50’s.
Singers who made it famous later on in life
John Ondarisk (Five For Fighting)
Dan Wilson (Semisonic)
Why do some people only learn how to sing later on in life?
Many factors can contribute to this. Most of them are probably related to the social stigmatism that music and singing are just hobbies and you can’t make money or support your family with it. Hence people give up before they even begin. The funny thing about music and singing is that it is part of our human soul and can’t be disregarded forever. Eventually, the love for music and signing captures the human spirit, and people who always wanted to learn do so.
The other factors why people often learn to sing later on in life is because of fear. They fear that they are not good enough, they fear they won’t be able to make a living from it, and they fear rejection from their peers and other people. When a person gets older, their mindset changes, that fear falls away, the love for singing and music takes over, and they look for fulfillment in their lives and find it from learning to sing.
All these factors and more come into why people learn to sing later on in life. However, the fact that they start and actually do it is the main thing we should concern ourselves with.
We conclude that no matter your age, you can learn to sing with the right amount of consistency, practice, motivation, determination, and perseverance. You can be 60 years old and still learn to sing even if you think you are tone-deaf.
All you need is the correct techniques and exercises, which you will learn from a vocal coach, and in a short amount of time, you will be singing your lungs out to your favorite songs and knocking your friend’s dead at karaoke.
If you want to have a career in singing, then also remember that many famous singers only made it big after 30. So, nothing is stopping you from doing the same. Also, remember that there are many different levels of being a professional singer, and having a number one hit single is not the only way to become a professional singer. There are many other avenues you can pursue.
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