Can you learn to sing just by singing?

Mar 16, 2016, 05:33 AM

I play the piano often, and I want to learn to sing so I can play songs with vocals. If I follow the correct singing techniques (deep breaths, straight posture, relaxed jaw, etc..), and sing along to playing songs on the piano, can I learn to sing well at one point? I’ve been told I sing off-tone, but my voice itself has potential. How can I go about this?

Are there any online resources that can help me ?


Louie Joined Mar 16, 2016
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Mar 16, 2016, 05:37 AM

What does “Singing well” mean to you? If you’re attempting to go on Broadway, then definitely get lessons. If you just want to control pleasing tones with your voice, with proper discretion you may be able to get away with trial and error (although getting some form of guidance will make your life easier).

Essentially, depending on what kind of singing you’re planning on doing, you can easily get away with producing pleasant tones with your voice to good music.

So yeah, it depends on what you want to do with your voice.

Make sure you do ear training so you can develop subtleties in pitch difference. No one likes a flat/sharp singer.

Here are some resources i found that can be helpfull to improve your singing abilities

Mich Joined Mar 16, 2016
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Apr 15, 2016, 07:40 PM

The more you do anything, ANYTHING, the better you should become at doing it.

Tony Bennett runs scales every day, EVERY day. A friend has his bandmate run scales to sharpen her execution. It works.

I once had the pleasure of hearing a rock band in practice take a break and sit down with acoustic instruments, and sing. They enjoyed it and went on about fifteen or twenty minutes before going back to their electrics. I could tell the difference instantly in their vocal execution with the electric instruments. It was like they all ‘tuned in’ to their voices. It was so obviously better I recommended such acoustic sessions prior to or to open all their shows.

Definitely sing along with the recordings you want to play, and others, just exploring vocal execution, discovering your limits.

I hear a lot of amateur player/singers who seem to be unsure the music is going to be there for their voice. Sing with confidence the music is going to be where your voice is going. You may have to listen to playback to hear whether you’re missing some notes, flatting, sharping, drifting. Aretha Franklin is said to hit a note off a little but to ‘pull up’ (or down, I guess) into it. I think Beethoven was known for hitting a ‘wrong’ note but hitting a right one so quickly after it that it worked.


There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you?

Gary E. Andrews Joined Apr 12, 2005
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