Singing Is Like Driving a Car

February 9, 2020

Like an automobile, your vocal mechanism is made up of parts that work together–in this case, to make sound. The challenge is that most of the parts are inside your body where you can't see them.

When you learn to drive, you’re not usually taught how the car engine works. You’re shown:

  • where to put the key
  • how to start the car, and
  • then you just drive

If the car starts running poorly, your options are to live with the problems, wait until the car dies or just stop driving for a while. You might even daydream that if you let it rest, it will start running better on its own.

For most of us, singing is the same type of situation. At some point in your life you started singing. You didn't really know what was “under the hood,” and if things stopped working well, you probably stopped singing. Or, you’re tried to sing, couldn’t even get your voice “started,” assumed your voice was a “lemon,” and abandoned it.

This makes it much harder to learn how to use these parts, to troubleshoot when your voice isn't working well, and to be able to adjust your vocal mechanism to get the singing results you want. So, what does this all mean for you?

The great news is you can learn to use your voice with better results and have more confidence by learning how your body is wired by nature to breathe and make sound.

You can learn what to do to sing with better pitch, to have more endurance, to hit high and low notes with more efficiency, to project more easily, and to control just about every other aspect of your voice.

And, this is the same mechanism used in speaking, so you can get the same benefits for your speaking voice…at the same time!

The challenging news is that you can't do this without making a change. Using your voice the way you do now will bring you the exact same results you’ve had all your life.

Working with a knowledgeable vocal coach can help you “open the hood” and shine the light on the parts of your vocal mechanism, so that you understand exactly what is involved in all aspects of singing.

Becoming your own voice mechanic allows you to feel and hear how your voice is working at any given moment and compare that to a model of your ideal voice.

Is it really that straightforward?Yes. It is simpler than you think.

If you are willing to commit to putting in practice time on a regular basis, with the proper training you can teach the muscles of your vocal mechanism to automatically do what they're supposed to whenever you sing or speak.

Instead of being a hopeful singer who crosses their fingers every time they sang, you'll become an intentional singer who knows what you want out of your voice and how to control your body to create those results.

So, if you’ve pulled your vocal automobile over to the side of the road and abandoned it, know that you can get the training you need to get it started again and have it running better than it ever did!


Mark Bosnian

Mark is an award-winning songwriter and professional voice coach with 30+ years of experience teaching people how to take center stage. He has toured nationally with the 80's hit band Nu Shooz and coached Grammy award nominees, American Idol semifinalists, and singers on The Tonight Show.