Is Singing Genetic? If It Is I’m Doomed!

Is Singing Genetic? If It Is I'm Doomed!

So you have that feeling that you want to be a budding singer, a modern musician or part of a group, but you’re not sure about your singing voice quality? In, fact, you may be wondering why it is that some people seem to be naturally born with a voice like that of a songbird whilst others are born with a voice like, well perhaps we better not say!


So, is singing genetic? Are we really dependant on the vocal abilities of our parents to be able to hold a tune ourselves? Like many of us, you may be thinking that imminent doom is waiting for you and your singing career if this is the case! So let’s take a look at the kind of role that our genetics play in how attractive our voice is.


The Genetic Component To Singing


We inherit a lot from our parents, grandparents and even further back at times. The genetic part of this, when it comes to singing, includes the size, length and thickness of our vocal folds. How do these affect our actual singing voice?


It is the vocal folds which decide on the timbre and agility of your voice, as well as the range of your voice and the shape of your vocal tract. Even aspects like the length of your tongue are affected by your genetics and all of these factors can play a role in what your voice actually sounds like when you attempt to sing.


So is singing genetic? Well, it would certainly seem that genetics have a role to play in whether we naturally are able to open our mouth and let out a sound that people actually enjoy listening to. However, is genetics the only factor that comes into play? If your parents or grandparents did not have good singing voices, does this mean that there is no chance for you? Should you wave goodbye to your hopes of entering the next singing competition in your area, trying out for that new band or even singing in the shower for that matter?


Of course not! As is the case with so many things in life, there is more than one factor involved. Even if your parents didn’t pass on too much help on the singing front, you can still train yourself to use techniques and abilities to make the most of the voice you have.


For example, some people come across as poor singers because they do not have proper control of their vocal muscles, while others struggle to differentiate the difference in pitches. Issues such as these can benefit greatly from the help of a good teacher.


The Bottom Line


So, what do you think, is singing genetic? Of course, an element of it is. If you come from a long line of good singers and musicians, there is every chance that you will naturally be able to open your mouth and let out a sound that is pleasant, appealing and most importantly, in tune! However, if you haven’t been blessed with this ability naturally there is no need to give up on your hopes of being a good singer. Seek out a singing teacher who is able to work with the potential that you have and work hard to give your voice the best chance that it can possibly have.


Music is indeed a wonderful gift and one that we should all be using to the full. Whether you are a natural or plan to learn, make sure that you enjoy every step od your musical journey; it sure is a journey worth traveling!