Can I Sing Or Am I Doomed To Be Forever Tone Deaf?

Can I Sing? This is a question that many budding young singers have most likely asked themselves over the years. For some people the answer may have been yes, for others, the answer may have been different.

The interesting thing is that people who can naturally sing still have to work hard at it by either taking vocal lessons, practicing for hours and eventually getting out there and performing.

In this article, I want to help you answer the “can I sing” questions and also give you some pointers around how to go about getting started if you want to give it a shot.

There are also different levels of singing as well. For instance, singing in a choir doesn’t necessarily require that you have the best voice, but you do need to be able to sing in tune as well as have some sight singing skills. If you do want to be a solo singer, then voice quality becomes more important (or not depending on the style of music).

So, lets get started…..

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Can I Sing – The Things To Look For

1) Pitch

One of the first things we look at when answering the can I sing question is pitch. Basically, can the singer sing in key or stay in tune.

Now you pitch doesn’t have to be perfect, but it is good if you can sing somewhere near the actual note even if you are a bit flat. The good news is that with practice and proper technique, pitch can be improved to the point where it doesn’t become a problem anymore.

There is the concept of tone deafness – someone who hears a pitch but then sings a completely different note, or can’t match their voice to it. This makes it harder to learn how to sing, but not impossible. My teacher has a student that used to here a C note on the piano then sing an A. After a couple of years he can now sing up and down major scales and basically stay in tune.

2) Timing

Can I Sing image 2One thing i notice when listening to people sing is that they can hold a tune when singing along to a song on the radio, but when you take away the vocals, and they would have to sing it by themselves to the music, then it becomes another story.

The ability to be able to sing phrases in time is very important as a singer, and I find that you will be able to learn how to sing and improve your voice more quickly when you have this skill.

As a singer, if you are not staying in time, then you will be most likely sing the wrong notes over the wrong chords, which will definitely give a sense of not singing in tune.

3) Voice Quality

can i sing image 3This is second on the list of areas to look at when trying to answer the “can I sing” question. I haven’t put this first on the list because this can vary depending on the musical genre.

If you want to be an opera singer, then voice quality will play a major part in determining whether you can sing or not, but if you are more interested in pop/rock music, then it becomes much more subjective.

To give an example – look at Bob Dylan. Not the nicest voice in the world, but he could basically sing in tune. To give a personal example – Micheal Stipe from REM. I personally don’t like the tone of his voice, but other people do. Again, he can still basically sing in tune, even though his vocal quality is questionable (depending on who you talk to).

As voice quality is more subjective, it falls below pitch and timing.


If you do want to answer the “can I sing” question, then one good way is to go find a good singing teacher and audition for them. Even if you don’t think you can sing, they might hear something that you don’t, and it could b e the start of something awesome.

As i have mentioned previously, my singing teacher has done wonders for a singer who couldn’t even sing the correct pitch when he started.

I hope you have found this post insightful. Please feel free to comment or share with friends via social media.

To success in all your singing endeavors.

Andy Barnes

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  • Sushanta K.

    Reply Reply July 18, 2015

    I find your blog post very helpful. Couldn’t resist myself from commenting. This website is a very useful site for aspiring singers who want to learn how to sing online. Thanks Andy.

  • Pete Scott

    Reply Reply November 18, 2015

    Hi Andy. I really like your material. It is very informative and I trust what you say because I can hear the quality of your voice in the exercises. Everything you say makes sense. I have invested in your first two modules (at a snip of a price) and have begun to put it into practice. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • mike

    Reply Reply January 24, 2018

    Hi Andy!

    I can really use the things you said.
    I’ve started singing not to long ago. I was searching for more singing techniques but couldn’t figure it out from reading. I found this program and it helped me alot. It was very handy to actually hear some singing techniques straight on. People should check it out!

    Keep on the good work.

    find it here!

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