12 Things That All Singers Are Tired Of Hearing

12 Things That All Singers Are Tired Of Hearing


Being a singer can come with great pride and admiration for your craft. Other singers will recognize this and you will recognize this in them, but on the other hand, you have people who are absolutely clueless to the world of a singer. Here are a few things that all of us singers and voice majors are tired of hearing.

1. If I sang for you right now, would you be able to tell me what my voice part is?

No, I cannot tell what your voice part is on command. I'm not technically trained to do so nor am able to tell what you are trying to sing.

2. "But voice isn't an instrument..."

This is a statement that really grinds my gears. When you are a music major, people will ask what your primary instrument is. When you respond with "voice" this is a typical response. Voice is an instrument. It just so happens that I carry mine around everywhere and my case is my body. Thanks.

3. Why do you have to practice all the time?

Just like any other instrument, you need to practice to maintain how well you can play it or in our case, how well you sing. If we don't practice, we can develop bad singing habits which leads to losing our voice or something even worse.

4. Are nodes from "Pitch Perfect" actually real?

This is the "or even worse" I was talking about in my last point. Vocal nodules are real and they are gross and terrifying. I had a friend who got nodes in her senior year and she had to go to voice therapy for months. Months. Nodes are no joke. You don't magically become a bass from them either. You get gross buildup that is like a tumor on your vocal folds that can damage them forever. Bye-bye voice.

5. Because you're classically trained, does that mean you only sing classical music?

Nope, we can sing whatever we please. We can sing anything from Adele to Hayden to Etta James. Don't mess with us and our talent.

6. You breathe directly from your diaphragm, right?

This is a phrase we hear from every vocal coach or anyone who even remotely knows what singing is. "Breathe from your diaphragm." This will help you imagine a deep breath, but no we don't breath from the diaphragm. We breathe from our lungs and our diaphragm will move naturally when we take a good, deep breath.

7. But isn't singing easy? Anyone can sing!

Singing is an exercise. You need correct posture, proper technique, proper breath support and an understanding of what you are singing. Sometimes you're singing in another language than your native tongue. Yes, technically everyone can sing, but can everyone sing well and in a healthy way? Not really.

8. Why don't you ever "sing" sing with the radio?

We can't all be belting it out 24/7. Sometimes our voices are too loud for confined spaces such as cars. Sometimes we don't want to perform. We can still sing without giving you a full performance.

9. I sang in a middle school choir once! We should duet sometime!

Why do you assume we want to sing with people all the time? We don't. Sometimes we do, but we will tell you when.

10. You're an alto because you haven't tried to be a soprano, right?

I actually witnessed this conversation before,
Non-singer: *Says above statement*
Alto: "No, my voice physically cannot go that high. I like singing low, is that not enough?"
I have mad respect for altos. As a soprano, I wish I could go as low as you all can. Get those mama tones, girls.

11. What note was that you just sang?

Sometimes when you sing, you don't know the exact note that you have sung. I do not have sheet music in front of me all the time.

12. Do you have perfect pitch?

I do not have perfect or relative pitch. I can't just pluck a pitch out of the air and say, "Ah yes, that was a B flat that was just sung. Ah yes, the one below the middle C."

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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