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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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.
Vocal Warm Ups and Voice Exercises for Singers
No matter where you are, you can keep your voice in great shape with these simple warm ups. Learn how to warm up your voice before a performance, or just some exercises to practice around the house.
Live Karaoke: Impress Your Friends with New Singing Techniques
Want to be the superstar at your next round of karaoke? In this fun and interactive class, your vocal teacher will provide tips for making the perfect song choice so you can impress your audience with a memorable performance! You’ll discuss the different types of singers, how to pick the perfect song, and how to improve your showmanship. One-on-one instruction and in-depth topic discussions will have you stealing the show at karaoke nights for years to come.
Choosing the Best Songs to Sing for Your Voice
Singers should be prepared to perform in a variety of settings. This online singing class will help you determine the types of songs that are appropriate for different occasions. Your instructor will also cover a few songs that every singer should know. Join in to find out the best songs to sing for your voice, and take your vocal training to the next level.
How to Increase Your Vocal Range
These weekly classes will help you learn the basics of vocal ranges and voice types so you can expand yours. You’ll gain control over your voice and learn exercises to help you warm up and practice. Singing encompasses your mind and body - join this class to learn how to use both so you can be the best singer possible!
Beginning Vocal Training for All Ages
Ready to start singing? In this class, you will learn the basics of learning how to sing properly so you do not damage your voice and can see steady improvement over time. Your expert instructor will guide you through simple exercises to start warming up your voice and will help you identify your vocal range so you know what areas to work on. This class is perfect for beginners who want to start taking the first steps toward becoming a skilled vocalist!
Secrets to Improve Your Voice
Learn how small changes in your singing technique can have a huge impact on your vocal sound! In this fun, supportive, and helpful online singing class, you’ll learn proper breathing techniques, vocal placement, and more to instantly improve your singing voice. This is an interactive class, so have your headphones ready and be sure to log in for your class in a place that is quiet, free of distractions, and somewhere you feel comfortable singing along (if you'd like!).
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.