Monday, July 09, 2018

How to sing better 2: discovering your own voice and learning to love it

I get asked questions like these a lot: “How can I be a good singer?” or “How can I sing better?”


Of course, it depends on what you mean by ‘good’ and ‘better’. In this series of four posts I’ll outline a few things that might help.

I’ve drawn together 40 posts of mine on improving your singing voice, and have collected them into a four post series called How to sing better.

In the first post of the series, I looked at the very beginning of your journey: getting started and not making excuses.

This second post looks at discovering your own, unique voice, learning to love it and not to worry what others might think of it.

discovering your own voice

Your perception of your own voice can sometimes get distorted. You might think you’re much worse (or better) than you actually are. So first of all you need to find out what you really sound like and if that’s OK with you.

Read How do you get to the truth of what your singing ability really is?

Even once you’ve had an honest assessment of what your singing is like, there can be one big obstacle remaining, something which affects many of us: you might not like the sound of your own voice.

Read Learning to love the sound of your own voice

You still might not like your voice though and even think that it’s not a ‘nice’ voice. Something you wouldn’t want to inflict on others.

Read What to do if you don’t have a ‘nice’ voice

Even if others don’t like how your voice sounds, it’s OK – beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.

Read Not everyone will like your singing voice – but that’s OK

self-awareness and focus of attention

There is one vital ingredient to being a singer that most singing teachers don’t consider.

Read The secret to great singing that teachers don’t tell you

You know that saying “Dance like nobody’s watching”? The same applies to singing. Stop caring what other people think and just enjoy yourself!

Read How to enjoy singing and not worry what others think

It’s easier said than done to sing like nobody’s listening. There are so many competitive singing programmes on TV that we soon begin to feel that everyone is judging our singing voice.

Read Want to sing but are scared of being judged? Here’s what to do

making the most of what you’ve got

We are not all born equal. Some people will always be able to sing higher than you. Others will be able to sing more loudly or with more vibrato. That’s the way it is. Stop trying to be someone else and celebrate your own unique voice.

Read Making the most of your singing voice – it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it

It’s so easy to blame yourself when your singing is not ‘good’ enough. But what if it’s something outside yourself that’s easy to fix? Maybe you’ve just chosen the wrong song or you’re trying to sound like someone else.

Read How to be a better singer if you’re a mere mortal

One of the best ways of improving your voice (and discovering what it’s capable of) is to stop taking it so seriously and play!

Read Want to develop your voice and sing better? Be silly and play!

In part 3 I consider Breath control, vocal range and singing in tune.

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