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Next time you're feeling "too old" to sing or perform - read this.

NigelNigel Posts: 138Administrator
Hey guys,

I have this discussion with Ken on a semi regular basis, how age relates to the ability to perform.  Well, even though I can't sing my way out of a paper bag (I'm just the web guy and administrator) I have been in the music business as a photographer for a long time and one of my favorite bands is Motorhead.

Before you laugh, I want you to check out their tour schedule and remember that lead vocalist and bassist Lemmy is 66 years old and tours around the world continually and records a new album every two years.  Also remember that his style of "singing" is extremely stressful.

Just remember, you are never too old - check out tour schedule, current and past:  Motorhead Tour Schedule

I hope you get a chuckle and some motivation from this :)



  • KokonuhtKokonuht Posts: 658Member, Enrolled
    edited March 2012
    Hahaha thanks for the info Nigel! I'll read this in another 48 years :P! Though this does motivate the younger ones to not give up!
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 13,539Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro

    So, Nigel, was one of those full-body Motorhead Tattoos you?


  • NigelNigel Posts: 138Administrator
    Bob,  sssshhhhh!
  • ronwsronws Posts: 43Member
    I'm kind of an old guy (my birthday is Monday March 19.) But my voice sounds as young as it ever did. If I sing like I am supposed to sing and work with my voice, instead of against it, I sound young, indeed.

    However, I may never get to be the "rock star." I have responsibilities and can't just live on the road like the 20-somethings that are starting bands, as they have always done.

    And my voice doesn't fit anyone's "sound." I sing just fine in public and have done so many times and recieved applause. And no one is looking for me. And this is not self-pity. If anything, I can get away with being stubborn (family trait. We could teach mules how to be "stubborn.") I just keep doing what I am doing for my own enjoyment, which is how I think it ought to be, whether one is famous or not.

    And my aim is to keep my voice sounding just as young for the next 30 years or so.

    Lemmy - a force of nature. He never tries to put on an effect. He is what he is. And breaks the "rules." Smokes, drinks Black Jack and Coca-Cola. He let his voice be his guide and that's another valuable lesson, I think. Lemmy's not too old to sing. And neither am I.
  • dingodingo Posts: 119Enrolled
    Thanks. I needed this today.

    There are quite a few in their 60s still touring. It's great.
  • PeteMurphyPeteMurphy Posts: 95Enrolled
    Also check out Doug Pinnick from Kings X. He's in his 60's and his voice is amazing - so soulful, but he can also scream with the best of 'em. His range is phenomenal!
  • jpachecolmjpachecolm Posts: 40Enrolled, 2.0 PRO
    I love this topic. As an oldster too, early 40's, I run into the you're too old to be playing that music thing. I keep my body in good shape and my mind as well. I will not succumb to the "too old" tag. I may never be a star, but if I can continue to do what I love and enjoy it, I'm all for it.
  • FarawayGuyFarawayGuy Posts: 38Pro
    Well, guys'n'galls, seems I am the eldest one starting to study at KTVA... 49... Last March I desided to do couple things to avoid depression - began collecting counting jettons and take vocal lessons. My teacher is a great guy - he loves teaching and he's doing it in the right way and he explaned a lot about support and all. When some time ago I foung Ken's lesson about the way Dio sings - I said WOW - I can gain a lot. So I've just started and I like it. So - it is never late to start nevermind reasons. Good luck to everybody!
  • NigelNigel Posts: 138Administrator
    Hey there, FarawayGuy, welcome to KTVA!

     You're a young one, the guy below has you beat by 20 years :)  

    Check out KTVA vocalist Tony Moran in Liverpool - he's 70 and is doing great, he owns a guitar shop.  He's one of those guys that just blows it for anyone wanting to complain about being old and not being able to start singing!

  • FarawayGuyFarawayGuy Posts: 38Pro
    edited January 2013
    Hi, Nigel! Oh! That's really cool! I would not give the guy more than 50! Thanks for the link - now I feel like a youngster!
  • DavidGDavidG Posts: 65Pro

    I'm 52,  - hope that helps

  • MichaelSMichaelS Posts: 73Pro

    Another great guy:

    Tom Jones: 'Burning Hell' Live Session

    P.S. How  you are doing the youtube videos built in the page?

  • FarawayGuyFarawayGuy Posts: 38Pro
    edited January 2013
    @MichaelS Tom is perfect, as usual! I do love his songs!
  • FarawayGuyFarawayGuy Posts: 38Pro
    @DavidG that's good - we have a team of oldsters here! Well, well, well! Then: Show must go on! :)
  • DavidGDavidG Posts: 65Pro
    @FarawayGuy ha! -  having said that - there's no guarantee that I'll act my age! :)
  • Hi Guys
    Theres,s hope for me yet!! I,m 69 in 3 weeks. Rock on. I say
  • JoyceJoyce Posts: 130Pro
    Hello there,
    I'am 54 and when I sing I still catch some admiring looks coming from younger singers.... I'am so proud of myself ....and it seems that the more I work my voice with KTVA, the more it sounds great..

  • deyjeydeyjey Posts: 29Pro
    im 29 and started singing 3years ago now im planning to study piano and more vocals so i can teach after 5years maybe.
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 13,539Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    edited November 2016

    There is definitely hope for you. Keep on Rockin'!

  • viniciusoliveiraviniciusoliveira Posts: 303Enrolled
    I keep wondering why the vocals of Robert Plant and Geddy Lee sound way lower than when them were young.
    I don't think it has only to do with aging.
    That guy from lover boy,Michael jackson and Anthony green always sounded the same.
  • ebackeback Posts: 6Member, 2.0 PRO
    I'm turning 62 and have played guitar all my life. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to sing very well at all. At this point in life, with a few years until retirement, I'd like to develop a sufficiently competent singing voice, to be able to do well at open mics, cafes, church, and informal get-togethers. I was playing through Paul McCartney's "Bluebird" this afternoon and found that my problem areas were cracking between chest and head, incorrect pitch at times, and weak/wimpy quality of sound. Thinking of recording myself now with a followup in three months. Good idea?
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 13,539Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    Yes. Good idea. Keep doing a recording every 3 months. Then compare in a year. You'll notice even more by then.
  • olskoololskool Posts: 68Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    Yeah, keeping a log will keep your enthusiasm up. Try and not miss a day and don't push yourself too hard either. It will all work out. Improvements are always gradual, but that's the best way forward. Wish you all the best.
  • AlyonaAlyona Posts: 288Member, Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    Oh yes I agree. My dad is almost 70 - he's touring all over the country like crazy, records his songs at home when he's not on tours)))
  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,107Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    @highmtn, Last month I followed your advice and I did a dry a Capella recording of a couple of pieces by Ray Gillen and Robert Mason. I kept it simple by going straight into an iPhone to bide my time while I was waiting for a ride.
    It will be interesting to do them (or something similar come the end of March B)
  • JoyceJoyce Posts: 130Pro
    Hi guys!

    I am looking for female older singers who still sing and peform in front of an audience. Except Aretha Franklin, who else do you know? I need models, I have the intention to perform when I retire, I have a dream...
  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,107Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO

    How about Bonnie Raitt, Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick...
  • videoacevideoace Posts: 1,322Pro, 2.0 PRO
    I cant tell if you are asking about the mature female singers here at our forum, or if you are asking for mature singers that are popular in the industry so................

    There are other mature women who are also students that sing and perform.
    As far as successful female artists go..............

    Pat Benetar - Tina Turner - Celine Dion - Stevie Nicks - Reba McCintyre - Dolly Parton - Natalie Cole - Ann Wilson

  • JoyceJoyce Posts: 130Pro
    Oops! Natalie Cole passed away last year!

    Thanks a lot @Furious_Phil and @videoace , yes I like Pat Benatar, she still rocks!!
  • rickhodge88rickhodge88 Posts: 10STREAMING PRO
    I’m 42 and I’ve had it in my mind that my voice has been on the decline because of my age but just by watching some of the YouTube clips and implementing and practicing what Ken teaches in them I noticed almost immediate differences. I just joined the academy April 1 so I’m looking forward to seeing how far this will help me grow my voice. Glad to be here!
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 13,539Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    The longer you stick with it, the more your voice will continue to strengthen and grow.
  • SongwriterXSongwriterX Posts: 5STREAMING PRO
    Yeah I'm getting up there in age and even though I took years of voice lessons when I was much younger I was 'losing it', could feel myself going backwards. I started with Ken in January and now I'm going forward again, my voice getting better and better. Can't wait to see where I'm at in 6 months!
  • AlyonaAlyona Posts: 288Member, Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
  • MikeRoyMikeRoy Posts: 42.0 PRO
    I’m 62. I’ve been singing since I was 6 or so. I’ll stop when I die.
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