3 Signs You Need Help With Your Singing
Do you have good days and bad days as a singer, and just when you think you’ve made a breakthrough with your voice you notice something else that is inconsistent when you sing? These 9 signs that you need help with your singing will help you identify potential issues you’re experiencing with your voice and the right course of action you need to take to fix them.
Beyond the broad singing issues like a vocal break, or lack of vibrato – learning to sing is often punctuated by a number of smaller, more annoying inconsistencies such as onsets, consonants or particular parts of your range with are problematic. These 9 signs that you need help with your singing are the most common issues most singers face but often aren’t addressed by singing programs or general singing lessons centered solely around your vowels, tone and building range.
Are you ready to take your voice to the next level?
#1 – You are inconsistent
Do you have a great practice day, then absolutely torch your voice during a show or full band rehearsal? Or perhaps a particular song you love to sing is ‘sometimes’ great, and other times too difficult to sing convincingly? One of the most common complaints that I hear from singers is that their voice is inconsistent, and that this makes it very hard to know what to focus on, or even difficult to identify the actual reason for the inconsistency.
Inconsistency in singing comes in many forms, so the first step is to simplify and break down your technique to the bare elements of resonance, vowels and your breathing mechanism. If you’re having trouble with a particular word, but you can hit the pitch with a pure vowel, then your vowel articulation is letting you down and likely the reason for most of your inconsistency. If you struggle with consonants in particular, then perhaps you are lacking a balanced onset behind each of your consonant sounds when starting a fresh line. If your tone is inconsistent, this could very well be connected to your vowels also, but is most likely linked to the way you release your registers.
The first step to fixing inconsistency in your singing voice is to break down your technique into smaller peices and identify the exact reason for your lack of consistency, and then form an approach to your issue – be it consonants, vowels, range, register release or any other important aspects of a consistent singing voice.
#2 – You are nervous/lack confidence
I get it, we’re not all super bubbly and confident socialites, but when it comes to singing, confidence in your voice is paramount to great singing. This actually has some science to it, being that two-thirds of the main musculature used to sing is actually involuntary and controlled by adjoining musculature and your thought process. The psychological element of singing is sometimes hard to train, but is one of the final keys to truly unlocking your voice.
The first step is to identify the particular issue that makes you nervous or lack confidence. Perhaps it’s a fear of high notes, maybe it’s a fear of the aforementioned consistency, maybe it’s singing in front of people – the first thing you need to do is work out WHY you aren’t confident and identify WHAT you fear.
When you have identified the fear, it’s important that you acknowledge that this is something you struggle with or have a particular issue singing. If your high notes are a bit naff every now and again, then you need to acknowledge this and take control of your fear. Walking on stage in a general state of panic is different to walking on stage KNOWING that your high notes may cause an issue. Taking control of your fear is one of the most important steps in building self-confidence, in singing and also many other aspects of life.
Finally, you need to develop an approach to remove the intangible elements of your voice/the situation. If you fear the unknown element of walking out on stage in front of people, then perhaps you can get to the venue early and warm up on the actual stage you will be singing, that way you won’t be walking out blind into a scary situation. If your high notes are lacking, then perhaps changing the vocal line here or there to match your current level of expertise is a smart idea until you develop the control and balance to hit those highs with ease. Obviously, the best way to overcome a technical issue like an inconsistent high range or vocal strain is with professional training and voice coaching.
#3 – You jump from method to method
I see this one alot with new students who have purchased a number of singing programs and are ultimately confused at all the varying instructions given by different teachers. If quite a number of different methods and approaches aren’t working for you, then perhaps there is an element missing from your foundation, or perhaps you are simply approaching each method in the wrong way.
I’ll be honest, there are a TON of different vocal programs out there, and, you know what? They’re all good. That’s right, I’m not one to take sides. If you invest ANY time in your singing, then, of course, you will see improvement in one form or another. Of course, the level of improvement will vary between each approach and of course the unique elements of your voice and even style that you wish to sing, but if you’ve tried multiple different approaches to singing, and absolutely none of them have worked for you, then there is a bigger issue at play.
A great place to start is the free short courses here at Bohemian Vocal Studio that will help you set up a better foundation and strong base for your vocal technique to be built upon. Then when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level and overcome these three surprisingly common singing issues, you can book a Skype Session and we’ll work towards building consistency, extending your range and forming a singular, effective and practical approach to singing designed for YOUR unique voice.
If you have any questions about learning how to sing, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!