Why Do I Suck at Singing?

Do you suck at singing? 

If so, I have some tips for you that will help you understand why you think you "suck". As well as what you can do to get your voice in a great place. 

I'm not giving you any kind of vocal exercises or techniques here because this is far more important. You need to understand this first. 

You Can Change It

The reason that you suck at singing is because you're not doing anything to change it. I'm telling you, that is the truth.

There is no other answer than that. You are not doing anything to change it. And if you are doing something and it hasn't changed, then you're doing the wrong thing.

Great Singing Is All About The Physical Process

What I'm always trying to get you to understand is that everything about singing is physical, meaning that the way that you're creating sound—the way that you use your body, the way that your body is built, the way that your vocal cords are formed—is going to cause you to do certain things.

So if you suck at singing, it's because some of those things are physically not in the right place.

That's all that it is. And the good news is it can be fixed! 

Here are some great things you can do to begin to get your body physically producing your tone correctly. 

It's Practice

Now this is the other thing that happens, and I've seen this again and again over years of doing this work.

People will come in and say, “I suck at singing! I can't do anything!” Then they'll try just a little bit and then say, “Oh, I was right. It's just terrible, and I'm not going to do any more!” and then they stop. 

They stopped, and that's why they suck at singing. It's not because they can't do it. They stop,  because the frustration becomes a little too much for them. 

So keep going! Keep at it and this gives you a chance for your voice to change. Spend 20 minutes every day or two to work on your voice. 

To get some exercise routines for your daily practice, check out my premium content (it's free). 

Stop Judging, Start Changing

I want to talk about this because I judged myself harshly for many, many years and it does you no good at all if you want to sing well. 

Even though I thought I could sing somewhat, the judgment held me back. I didn't want to try anything. I didn't want to sing in public. I didn't want anybody else to hear how terrible I was. It took years for me to understand that all I had to do was start to change what I was doing physically and then I would get there. 

So the first thing for me was that I was just not hitting pitches. I would go into the recording studio and have one line and I couldn't get it. I couldn't get the right notes. It was so frustrating!

But I stuck at it and eventually figured it out. 

It wasn't that I just naturally sucked at singing. It's that I was doing something wrong that I had to figure out.

Change Your Mind!

I so had tell you guys this, because I need you to start to change your mind.

It's very important to have an open mind about the type of voice you believe you can develop. Just because it doesn't sound great right now doesn't mean it won't sound wonderful in the future. 

You have to let go of everything you thought of yourself before, including the idea that you sucked at singing. Yeah, maybe you did before, but you don't have to stay there. 

The first step to not sucking at singing is to decide you'll do what it takes to not suck! 

The second is to set aside time every few days to practice. 

And the third step is to stick with it until you stop sucking and start sounding great! 

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Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching singers for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

About The Author

Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching singers for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

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