“Why can’t I sing” is a question posed by many. Most often than not, these folks have tried to sing several times, but it just sounds bad. If you have ever asked yourself that question, keep reading.

We’re going to dispel the myth from the truth and give it to you straight. 

After all, why is it that some people open their mouths and it just sounds beautiful, even if they have never taken a lesson? I can tell you right now, that there is hard work involved in becoming a great singer. If you are starting out or just want to get better at singing, check out our Roadie Coach. This great tool can help you in your journey to becoming a good singer. It offers personalized feedback and exercises to help you improve, as well as a recording feature to help you get deep insight into your practice. Without further ado, here is the answer to your question of “why can’t I sing”.


When it comes to singing, there is such a thing as talent. You are born with a certain affinity to hear tones and reproduce them. More importantly, your body has a certain musculature and physiology that might be very helpful to singing. Or not. Obviously, this may not be as obvious because you can not see it. But you can certainly hear it in great singers like Aretha Franklin, Adele, and Lucciano Pavarotti. 

Like they say in basketball, you cannot teach 7 feet tall. Someone with that height just has a much better chance of being good at the sport than someone that is 5´ 6”. It’s the same for singing. 

Practice and Dedication

For your talent to shine, you have to hone it. There is no other way around this. To be able to cultivate your talent, you need a lot of practice and dedication. Aretha Franklin sang Gospel at her church from a very young age. Her father was a minister and she got tons of advice and training from older folks at her Baptist church.  

Adele had formal musical training in her younger years, and just like Aretha, spent countless hours practicing. In other words, even if you have comparable talent, it won’t show unless put in the work.

Guided training

To become a good singer, you need a good voice teacher. You might find this at a university, privately or at the church you attend. It may be formal or informal. It can have the traditional 1 hour per week format, or it can be someone experienced telling you what to do when you are singing with the choir. 

Whatever the case may be, someone experienced is vital to guide you through this process. This is especially true for singing, as vocal injuries are common and there is no replacement for damaged vocal chords. 

When these three pillars are present, you’d likely have a fantastic singer. However, this is easier said than done. Here is a bit of hard truth: most people don’t want to put in the time to become really good. On top of that, most think they are more talented than they really are. 

So, instead of asking yourself “why can’t I sing”, try asking… “have I practiced daily for the last few years”? Even if you are not that talented, with daily effective practice you can become a singer good enough to never have to doubt yourself again.