How to Find One's Own Singing Voice

Finding one's own singing voice is much like finding the singular thread in a tapestry that makes it different from all others. It takes careful examination and an expert's ear and heart to develop your voice to the point that you know it is uniquely your own. Here are a few steps to start you on the intimate, lifelong quest of discovering the voice that is wholly yours.

Instructions

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      Take voice lessons with a classical voice teacher. Even if a contemporary or pop style is most appealing to you, don't neglect the study of classical voice training. You can't discount the important foundation of breathing techniques, vocal placement and resonance. The time spent in the voice teacher's studio helps you become more keenly aware of the sensations of your natural singing voice.

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      Build a comfort level with your voice teacher or coach. It is important that you feel at ease in your teacher's office or studio when beginning the search for your unique singing voice. Perhaps more than any other type of performance, singing can create immense insecurity and vulnerability for the vocalist. Be sure your teacher is willing to explore along with you and not press you into a particular mold.

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      Listen to many different vocalists and many different musical styles. A large part of vocal training is learning the delicate art of listening critically. Note whether a singer seems natural or affected and keep in mind the long-term effects a particular way of singing may have on vocal health. You will be amazed at the diversity of sounds you find, even among similar styles of music.

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      Experiment with your own voice in the privacy of your teacher's studio. Save these vulnerable times for the lesson and not the stage. Even when experimenting with different sounds and vocal placement, remember to practice good breathing and healthy technique. You don't have to compromise vocal health for style.

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      Record your singing voice. Some vocalists find it helpful to record every session with their voice teacher or coach. Be sure to record your vocal experiments and public performances. Listen to them objectively and analytically and journal your thoughts about each recording. Review them periodically to compare how you have progressed or changed in your vocal style or technique.

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      Know who you are as a vocalist. Don't be surprised when you find that your true singing voice doesn't naturally fit into the style mold that you had in mind. When that happens, don't be afraid to move away from a way of singing that doesn't accommodate your unique voice. This happens to almost every vocalist at some point.

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      Keep on learning. Read everything you can about singing, take in lots of diverse performances, talk with others in the field and don't be afraid to consult with voice teachers other than your own from time to time. Finding one's own singing voice is an ongoing process and as you learn more you will find that your thoughts about singing will change periodically. This is healthy and indicates a mature approach to singing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mimicking another vocalist's style or technique can actually be helpful in experimentation, as long as you realize you will never sound exactly alike.
  • Never push your voice to a point where it physically hurts or feels tight. If you cannot perform a style in a healthy way vocally, is not the style for you. Your voice is a valuable gift worth protecting.
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