Tools for Singers

How to Learn Any Skill in 6 Hours or Less!

Singing is a skill. Most of the time, people forget that. It does have to do with talent, having a good sounding voice, and a lot of different stuff, but it is also a skill, which means it can be learned.

When people ask me the question “can I sing?”, what they’re really asking is “can I be a master at singing any song I want in any vocal range within 2 weeks of sort of getting some practice?” And the answer to that question is usually no. Just NO. It takes years to master anything, in fact research does show that it takes a minimum of 10 years of constant practice to master anything regardless of talent.

But here’s my question to you: Do you actually want to master singing? Do you want to have to do scales and trills and vocalizes all your life? Do you want to be under pressure of an increasingly hard-to-please audiences, demands from record labels, the chaotic lifestyle of an aspiring singer trying to make it big?

I know I don’t. I just want to sing because it’s FUN. Because I like it. Because it makes me happy when I sing my favourite songs well. And that’s what most people want isn’t it? To be able to sing their favourite songs well, whenever they want to.

But you know what? That doesn’t take mastery. That takes proficiency. While mastery is time-consuming and expensive, proficiency is much more accessible to most people. In fact, according to this book, it’s accessible within the first 20 hours. That may sound like hype, but let me give you an idea of how much we over complicate things:

Question: How many words are used 80% of the time in any language?

Answer: around 2000 words.

That’s the length of a normal article. Can you memorize 2000 words? Good. You know what that means? It means that you can now speak almost any language as long as you get to know which 2000 words the language uses 80% of the time. Yes, it’s that simple.

In the book, Josh Kaufman shows us the four steps of learning any skill to proficiency in the shortest amount of time:

  1. Deconstruct the skill: Break down the parts and find the most important things to practice first. If you were learning to play a musical instrument, for example, knowing just a few chords gives you access to tons of songs.
  2. Self-correct: Use reference materials to learn enough that you know when you make a mistake so you can correct yourself.
  3. Remove barriers to learning: Identify and remove anything that distracts you from focusing on the skill you want to learn.
  4. Practice at least 20 hours.

See how simple it is? It has to be simple, or else it’ll be hard to follow through. This whole website was built on the notion that most singing coaches and programs out there are over complicating the whole process of learning how to sing, to the point that it’s ridiculous. I wish I was the one to write this book, but alas, a mere mortal like me, I leave it to the growth hacking gods to do it.

Anyway, this book would be useful for you whether you want to sing for fun or even if you do aspire to be a professional singer (and why not? we can never have enough good singers is what I always say!). It’s good for anyone in general who wants to cut their learning curve in half. And the great thing is once you mastered this technique for singing, you can apply it to learn anything you want.

I’m using it to learn German now. I’ve always been fascinated by German culture.

So yeah, that’s it. Check out the book! And keep singing!