6 Reasons Why You Need to Learn How to Sing

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Learning to sing can be life changing.

Participating in musical theater, for instance, helped me evolve from an awkward introvert into a more confident introvert. But there are a lot more unexpected benefits to singing, such as:

It doesn’t cost much

If you want to learn any other instrument, you have to buy the instrument, the accessories, musical scores, etc. But singing costs nothing.

Well, if you want to do it well and hire a professional teacher, then yes, it will cost something (it’s worth it), but it’s far cheaper to sing than it is to pick up any other instrument.

It’s great for your mental health

There is something cathartic about expressing your feelings through art. Particularly music. Writing or singing along with sad songs can be surprisingly comforting.

Not to mention, singing loudly or singing high notes is basically screaming, but without hurting yourself or sounding awful.

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It’s great for your physical health

The first thing my singing teacher did with me in every lesson was stretching and relaxing my body. I rolled my neck, bent over and relaxed my spine and whole-body muscles, and sometimes even lay down on the ground and worked on breathing deeply.

I always came out of lessons feeling more energetic and relaxed than I did going in. And I found myself breathing better, too.

Adults tend to breathe shallowly, tensing muscles without even realizing that they are doing it. Singing helps you pay attention to your body and your breath, and to let go of the stress you carry in your muscles.

It stretches your brain

The brain needs exercise. You can play Scrabble or work on Sudoku puzzles…or you can sing.

If you’re like me, singing sounds more interesting than the other two options.

Singing in foreign languages, learning new singing techniques, memorizing music, is all great for stimulating that ole’ gray matter and warding off the dementia.

It helps you connect with others

If you’re feeling lonely or awkward, or just need a good friend, music is a wonderful way to bridge the gap. Singers can join or form bands, theater groups, church or community choirs, etc.

Even if you don’t join an official organization, singing at home with family and friends is a powerful way to deepen relationships and bonds, enjoy each other’s company, and have fun.

You’ll enjoy music more

Music is arguably the most powerful communication tools in the world, and learning to sing allows you to more fully participate in and enjoy this universal language.

Singing is the easiest way to connect with people around the globe, and it can increase your enjoyment of and zest for life.

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If you sing, what benefits have you found from learning how to do it?

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