According to a Canadian study, about 98.5% of people can be taught how to sing. The 1,5% that can't sing suffer from congenital amusia, where they have difficulty differentiating between different pitches, tones, or rhythms.
If at first, a person sings a note incorrectly, most can quickly notice it and correct themselves. Researchers found it is not how much you practice, but how quickly you can identify and correct your error.
There is a considerable difference between singing in the shower or community choir and singing professionally.
Singing training and practise is about creating vocal freedom where singing seems to come without effort. Most singers need years of practice to develop that kind of freedom.
Singing involves muscle control and coordination. These muscles need to be trained to be flexible and strong. A person needs to control the air pressure in their lungs and use their abdominal muscles to push air through the trachea to meet the vocal folds.
A good singer will match imagination, self-expression and creativity with vocal health, posture and alignment.
If you want to try singing, the chances are that you can be taught to sing. Find a singing teacher who loves singing and teaching and also performs regularly.
Singing increases breathing control and lung capacity. It can improve heart health, increase your mood and reduce pain. It may also boost your immunity and can be good for the brain.
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