If you look beyond the auto-tune and publicity stunts of today’s top artists, you’ll notice there are actually a lot of strong, female role models for singers today – think Adele, Florence Welch (as pictured here) and Leslie Feist, to name a few.
One of the best parts of learning to sing is finding your own voice, much like these women have done. You’ll need to figure out what makes you unique and sets you apart from the crowd. So before you start your journey, take a look at these tips for finding your voice:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
(View the full list of tips here.)
Keep your ears (and mind!) open, and most of all, don’t be afraid to try new things. By experimenting with different styles, you’ll have a better idea of the singer you’re destined to become, what makes you unique and why your fans are going to love you.