The Truth About Having a Bad Singing Voice

 

Do you love to sing but are afraid you have a terrible voice? This is the most common fear and complaint that our vocal teachers hear. Some people believe they can never become singers because they hate the sound of their voice, and they discourage themselves from giving singing their best shot.

Even if you have a “bad” singing voice in the beginning, the truth is that once you understand the basics and establish good practice routines, you’ll become a much better singer. You’ll also come to appreciate the uniqueness of your voice!

Here are 3 tips to remember when deciding whether you should pursue singing.

Why You Think You’re a Bad Singer & Why You Actually Aren’t

People have similar reactions after hearing a world-class pianist. “She is such an amazing musician,” someone might say. “What incredible skill!” others might point out. But no one is likely to cry, “What a beautiful piano!”

After hearing a world-class singer, on the other hand, the reactions are quite different. “What a beautiful voice,” most people say. “He is so talented, his voice is so impressive,” others might suggest.

Do you notice the difference? Singers garner more compliments for their actual instrument (their voices) than for their skills. But in truth, while the instrument is important, the musician is just as – if not more – important.

Separate the Instrument from the Musician

Imagine someone gifting you an instrument you’ve never played before. For example, a clarinet, which you’d have no idea what to do with it. Even if you made sound with it, it’d likely sound cringe-worthy. Would you judge the clarinet as terrible? No, that clarinet, in the hands of a practitioner, could produce beautiful music.

Your voice, like a clarinet, is an instrument too. If it sounds terrible at first, it doesn’t mean it’s useless, you just have to figure out a way to make it useful.

Even if you magically traded voices with an incredible singer, you still wouldn’t be able to sing! It’s like getting a more expensive clarinet: you still have to learn how to use it, and practice it deliberately.

Your voice is a work-in-progress. Don’t be so quick to judge it, and write yourself off. Focus on the work.

Focus on the Work & Improve Your Musicianship

As the saying goes, “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

Singing is hard work, but you can be smarter about it by learning and improving your musicianship in all areas. You have to learn to perform proper breathing exercises, like wind instrumentalists. You have to learn how to access different notes within your range, like string players. You have to gain control over all of the tiny muscles of the throat, face, jaw, and mouth.

Learning these concepts, and training yourself with practice will not only help you sing better, but it’ll also improve confidence in other areas of life. So before you rule yourself out of a singing career, try practicing and learning from a professional teacher. Try free classes with TakeLessons Live, or 1-on-1 private singing lessons near you. 

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Secrets to Discovering Your Voice
Everyone’s voice is unique and in this class, you’ll learn how to use yours confidently! An expert instructor will help you explore your sound and learn proper technique. You’ll receive one-on-one instruction on warm ups, vocal exercises, and more! Get ready to grow your talent.
Crescendos, Decrescendos, & Dynamics in Music
This online singing class will help you make your songs stand out! Utilizing dynamics in music with crescendos and decrescendos will help you personalize even the most traditional songs and allow you to express yourself more. You’ll also receive homework and feedback from an expert instructor to further your vocal training.
Proper Breathing Techniques for Singers
You can’t be a great singer without proper breathing technique! In these online singing classes, you’ll learn to master your breath so you can sing like a pro. Join in to practice with other students at your level, and then apply what you’ve learned in some vocalizations.
How to Sing Harmony & Other Singing Tips
Singing can be done alone, but it’s more fun with others! This group singing class will show you how to sing harmony confidently with other vocalists. The vocal training you’ll receive will help you understand how harmonies work as well. Choir singers, band members, and duet singers can all benefit from these vital singing tips!
Learn How to Properly Practice Singing on Your Own
The key to improvement is practice. These weekly classes will help you practice singing on your own by giving you a solid plan to ensure you’re exercising your voice correctly. Creating a proper routine will help you improve your singing skills and make rapid progress.
How to Improve Your Singing Voice by Singing Vowels
This online singing class will discuss how exercises that involve singing vowels can drastically improve your sound. You’ll learn how to use the five proper vowel shapes to achieve a fuller, more well-rounded singing voice. You’ll also learn how to improve your sound by identifying blockage-causing consonants. Get ready to dive deep into vocal training!
Hit the High Notes Like a Pro
Have you ever wanted to hit high notes with ease? Join this class to learn how to perform with confidence, expand your range, and choose songs that compliment your unique voice. Come with a song in mind that you’d like to work on, and you’ll receive expert feedback to help you improve. You’ll also learn new tips to make progress each week and by the end of this class, we’ll be able to bring it all together and see the difference in your voice.
Singing Techniques for Ear Training
Singing is a combination of technique and artistry and this group singing class will teach you how to merge the two. Ear training is the ability to hear tones and translate them into vocal sound, and it is one of the most important singing techniques to master. Your vocal training in this class will include singing and identifying simple intervals. Once you’ve learned a little bit about ear training you can begin the fun part- adding your own artistry!