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I love to sing so much, but I'm kind of embarrassed about my voice. I don't know if I'm a good singer or not, so I only sing when I'm alone. I'm so paranoid about being heard that I actually do a thorough check of every room in the house before I let out a single note, to make sure I'm alone.

I thought I messed up earlier though. I was in the kitchen, my dad had just left to go to the shops and as far as I knew my mum was working. So I was making a cup of tea, and singing my most baritone version of Mozart's "Lacrimosa", then I went up to my room. An hour later, my dad has returned and called me down for tea. AND I HEAR MY MUM COME OUT OF HER BEDROOM. So by this point I'm panicking, thinking I've been heard, wondering how much I've embarrassed myself.

But there was a little part of me that was pleased. Somewhere inside me, there was this inner confidence that I've never felt before which sprang up and said "Go and see." I was looking forward to hearing what she thought, then maybe I'd know if I  can sing or not.

Anyway, as it turns out, she was at work after all. She came home at some point and I didn't notice. I'm relieved...and also a little disappointed...Because I know I can never purposefully sing in front of someone. So I guess I'll never know :/

Emptysoul30 Emptysoul30 22-25, M 19 Responses Jan 27, 2010

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ahh never think that way we all can sing just do practice and later on you will know that you sing well i myself enjoy having karaoke music sing along and i feel more happy when ever i sing specially if we drink some whisky or beer and boom a jolly song all over and we all enjoy it very much i guess you are just shy but you will overcome it later im sure....

Hey i didn't know that! :)

I would so love to hear the two of you sing!! E-mail me recordings! PM me your e-mail addresses if you want to. ;-)<br />
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Anyway, I used to be like that 2 years ago. I used to sing when I'm alone, or when I feel comfortable. I also used to feel disappointment when I lose my chances of being heard. But now, even though I'm not great of a singer, it feels ok for me to sing when people are around me. I hope my story encourages you ^_^.

I would so love to hear the two of you sing!! E-mail me recordings! PM me your e-mail addresses if you want to. ;-)<br />
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Anyway, I used to be like that 2 years ago. I used to sing when I'm alone, or when I feel comfortable. I also used to feel disappointment when I lose my chances of being heard. But now, even though I'm not great of a singer, it feels ok for me to sing when people are around me. I hope my story encourages you ^_^.

I would so love to hear the two of you sing!! E-mail me recordings! PM me your e-mail addresses if you want to. ;-)<br />
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Anyway, I used to be like that 2 years ago. I used to sing when I'm alone, or when I feel comfortable. I also used to feel disappointment when I lose my chances of being heard. But now, even though I'm not great of a singer, it feels ok for me to sing when people are around me. I hope my story encourages you ^_^.

You need to get a voice teacher, one who can accompany you. I am studying voice with a wonderful teacher. I go to her house once a week and we go through glorious songs - all the most beautiful repertoire in the world and she accompanies me. You get used to singing in front of someone very quickly (it's just the 2 of you). I am 62!

Just the other day I saw this quote on a waiting room wall, attributed to the Rev. Oliver Wilson: <br />
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"The woods would have little music if no birds sang their songs but those who sang the best."<br />
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I find that very inspiring, as I am surrounded by professional musicians and some exquisite voices. I rarely sing in their presence. Up to now, that is!

I know exactly how you feel. I went through the same thing. I'm still not at a level where I would call myself a singer, but i used to be afraid to sing in front of people also, I don't make it a habit or anything. I still need practice. I finally sang in front of the family when they called me out because I'm always singing in the shower haha. <br />
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Family: You always singin. Sing su'm.<br />
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Me:....damn..<br />
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So I sang a song, Hurt by Christina Aguilera. That is her best song in my opinion, I get emotional when I hear it. They actually said they liked it and I should keep practicing. So, that was encouraging =0 I'm much less afraid now and when I sing I don't really care who hears. I'm just doing what I enjoy. I would like to sing on a stage one day... preferably soon. If you like to sing so much maybe you should ask someone in your family to hear you out. I think it will help settle your nerves. Just keep practicing ^^ Also, when you said the words wouldn't do the emotion justice. I SOOOOO feel you on that one haha. I have troubles with that too.

The thing is that even Bob Dylan was seen as a singer although he is definitely not one....<br />
It goes about musicality and ability to reproduce/produce a sound that is on a right pitch.<br />
If you sing a song none knows and you sing it out of tune no one will notice you are actually out of tune.... I mean,,, as long as you dont try to make harmony with some other instrument or voice...<br />
Usually a new singers are scared of their voices. What I mean that once you start singing and learn classical techniques you will discover that your voice grew bigger... Then the most get scared and star singing wrong... What you should do is to go to some church choir, small one and do the audition,,,, Dont even try to go to Idol as they will bash you into the ground even if you could sing and that would make you feel even worse.<br />
Just don't be scared of your singing..... Put it in prospective: How many singers are there in the world and of how many you do know something more then humming their hit.......<br />
As first the hts are commercial thing and a lot of them don't survive judgement of history.... So there are quite a few famous ones but many unknown ones that still can sing.... Don't compare your singing with big and famous but with your neighbourhood churc choir...or any other choir.... Just grab your balls, pull yourself together and give it a try.... It is worse to live in uncertainty about something you would like then to try and be told you can't do it...... <br />
I used to be professional opera singer and was passing myself through a lot of different stages........ ;-)))))

go on american idol; they will set you straight!

Walk into a mall and let it all out, if people run you aren't a singer, if they sit and listen you have a great voice

I'd try to put the singing into words, but no words would ever do the feeling justice :)

Be glad to Empty! It'll be the softest song ever.

We can sing a silent duet together :)

Hahah! I'm an alto as well.... and I don't sing around people either. Nope... not gonna happen.

*Raises eyebrow*<br />
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....You're serious, aren't you? Alright then, you're on! >:D

Ah, if I only had a microphone ^_^

I'm too old to be a choirboy XD

When I decided to find out if I could sing, I joined a choir at my church. I discovered that I am an alto.<br />
It was a very large choir and there were just two alto's....very small parts are written for alto's because they are very limited in range, I guess. We had a lot of fun...There was always someone who brought some wine and paper cups to practice. Yes singing alto was lovely. :)