Your voice is like a fingerprint: Unique. So how do you know what you sound like? Get some tips in this blog.
It’s easy enough to sound like someone else when you sing. Humans have, like birds, an amazing ability to imitate sounds.
But what really fascinates me is when people sing like themselves. That’s what I love about being a voice teacher; when I help a student discover the core of his/her voice. It’s authentic, true and real. And incredibly beautiful.
That’s where the quality lies.
Maybe it sounds like certain genres have a certain sound. That generally speaking, pop singers sound in a certain way and opera singers sound in another way.
Opera singing doesn’t actually have a particular sound. It’s just that most opera music calls for a greater depth in words and emotions. So it’s completely up to the singer’s musical interpretation what he/she does with the colours of a music piece. That aspect of singing comes from within and doesn’t have anything to do with sounding in a certain way.
Thankfully, there are and have been plenty of good singers out there who sound like themselves! They are the ones whose voices you recognise immediately. Their authenticity travels beyond time, countries and cultures.
All you need to do is close your eyes and have a listen to Pavarotti’s Che gelida manina or Billie Holiday’s I’ll be seeing you – and they bring you right into the message of the song.
Now it’s your turn to sing like only you can! It takes practise and above all courage, but it’s an incredibly rewarding process.
6 ways to know you’re true to your voice:
- You sing like you speak.
There is a clear connection between your speaking voice and your singing voice.
In other words, you can recognise your speaking voice when you sing.
- Your words are clear.
It’s easy for listeners to understand the words you sing. You’re focusing on communicating the song’s message – not the sound of your voice.
- Singing feels good.
It feels effortless in the throat when you sing, and you don’t get hoarse or sore when you use your voice.
- All tones are free.
Wheather you sing high or low tones, they are all free and easy. Your voice is consistent and it’s not breaking.
- Singing is easy.
You’re keeping it simple and letting your body do the work it needs to do to support your voice. Singing is physical, and it should always be easy.
- You’re listening to your body.
You’re gently easing your voice into singing and respecting what your voice is ready for on the day.
© Nína O’Farrell 2020
© Photo by Lum3n
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