The most common answers you get when you search how long it takes to be a pop singer, are that it takes about 3 years or 10.000 hours.
 
But lucky for us, that’s not true.
 
In this article you’ll discover how long it takes to be a pop singer and what steps to take.

We’ll go over the following.

  • Is singing a talent or a skill?
  • Can you improve your singing voice quickly?
  • How many hours a day should you practice singing?
  • Pop singing techniques for beginners.

Is singing a talent or a skill?

Somehow many believe that singing is this magical talent that you’re born with, not something you train.
 
And that a great sounding singing voice is not something you train either.
 
If you’ve fallen for that one, I hope to change your mind and demystify singing pop for you.
 
Singing is a skill.

A skill that with the right information doesn’t have to be hard or take long, to learn.
 
I’ve seen many aspiring pop singers (at a beginner level) start out singing nothing like todays pop singers and drastically transform their singing voice, within a couple of weeks.
 
And not because of they did things like:

  • lip trills
  • tongue trills
  • singing scales
  • singing through the diaphragm
  • with chest, head, mix and belt -voice…

No.

These singers learned to sing with the sounds todays pop singers sing with.

But more on that later.

Can you improve your singing voice quickly?

Yes, learning how to sing pop doesn’t have to take long at all.
 
With singing techniques designed for pop singers it takes between 12 to 16 weeks to get to a decent level.
 
Where you fall an that scale depends on your level of body-awareness how fast you can feel and control certain sensations in your body.

How many hours a day should you practice singing?

To get good at singing in a pop style I’d say between 30 minutes to an hour a day should get you there within 12 to 16 weeks.  

Pop singing techniques for beginners.

I’ve found that the most effective methods out there go for a Sound-First Approach to singing.

First you activate the sounds todays pop singers sing with.
 
Then you learn how to get good at singing with these sounds.
 
And since these sounds are much easier to sing with learning to sing itself takes way less time too.
 
It’s totally backwards to most methods out there where you’d learn to sing better with the sound you currently have and then hope for the best.
 
Many singers fall into this trap of doing the same exercises day after day hoping for a (slow) shift towards what they hear todays pop singers sing and sound like.
 
Which only works for some singers.
 
These are the singers who already sing with the sounds todays pop singers sing with or are close to singing with them.

Now you know how long it takes long to become a pop singer and what steps to take to get there.

The key to a short learning curve is the sounds you sing with.

And how much easier it is to sing pop with these sounds.

If you want to know more about these sounds, you can read:

What makes a good pop voice and how to find yours.

How to sing pop for beginners: a 3-step guide.

And if you want to try the Sound-First Approach to Singing for yourself, check out my upcoming course here.

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