Two Tips to Overcome Singing Discouragement

Should I quit singing? I received this question from a subscriber who was thinking about quitting singing. He sang earlier in his life and was having a hard time getting his voice to work like it used to. He was discouraged. Here are two tips to overcome singing discouragement.



Two Tips to Overcome Singing Discouragement


Have you ever felt discouraged about your singing voice? Have you ever wondered if you should just quit singing?


I have. In fact I quit singing solos for 19 years and I had a void in my life. I missed singing and performing, especially when I watched musical theater.


I loved to sing and perform and I was not doing it. I didn’t think I could do it because once I failed and embarrassed myself and others.

Two Tips to Overcome Singing Discouragement Two Tips to Overcome Singing Discouragement

Fortunately that changed 20 years ago and I’ve sung and performed in over 35 musicals with many solos and lead singing roles.


Two Tips to Overcome Singing Discouragement


Here are two tips to overcome singing discouragement.


#1. Remember that regret is more emotionally painful than embarrassment, frustration and disappointment.

The gnawing ache inside is so much worse when you’ve given up. Now, even though you’re no longer struggling, frustrated, and disappointed, in your quiet moments you feel the pain of regret because you’re no longer trying!

Two Tips to Overcome Singing Discouragement

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Teddy Roosevelt.  

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”


The constant regret you feel for giving up or never trying is infinitely more painful than the temporary embarrassment, frustration and disappointment you experience while trying.


#2. Follow the Love.  


Let your love for singing ignite your passion. Let this love and passion for singing become your major obsession. See, feel and experience success in your mind and heart. Let it grow into a burning fire of desire and action.


Let this love and desire melt your doubts, fears and discouragement away.


Let your love for singing give you the courage and motivation to improve. Let your love help you find a singing teacher that can help you. If your current teacher isn’t helping and you’re doing the work, change teachers.


Even if it takes ten years of difficult work and effort, your love and persistence will give you a lifetime of happiness and fulfillment.


Has your love for singing helped you overcome discouragement?  How? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below. If you liked this video please give it a thumbs up, subscribe and share it with a friend.


Knowing Your Vocal Type Helps Eliminate Discouragement


Knowing your vocal type will help you get vocal exercises to eliminate the vocal weaknesses that cause your discouragement.


Go to and take the PowerTest (vocal test). Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Then visit the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type and download the free exercises and start practicing them. They’ll help you progress rapidly.


I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power.


I’ll see you inside the next video.

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Chuck Gilmore

If you want to do more with your singing voice it is possible. This is the first and most important message. It is possible to achieve your dreams to sing better, to sing higher, and to add beauty, confidence and power to your voice!

I know this because I’ve experienced a real change in my voice. I am reaching my dreams to sing and perform. You can find happiness and fulfillment with your singing too!!


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  1. Thank you for your videos and encouragement. I often feel discouraged about my voice even though it is a large part of my life. I work as a Music Therapist and a church musician, so I sing on a fairly consistent basis, but I am painfully aware of my deficits. Due to a number of unfortunate factors, I did not have a lot of opportunities to learn how to sing when I was growing up. Even though I have a degree in music, much of my training was on piano. Your videos encourage me to keep working on my singing voice.

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