5 Crazy Ways to Find Your Singing Voice
Wanting to find your true singing voice is a common goal for beginner singers. Often, new singers fight against their natural singing voice in the quest to sound like their favourite singers instead of developing their range properly without bias. Find your true singing voice with these 5 crazy ways to find your singing voice!
Remember, singing should be a simple and joyous pursuit – if you’re trying too hard, or you’re trying to contort your voice into something it’s not, then singing will be a constant struggle for you. Try these 5 methods to find your singing voice:
#1 – Use your middle register
You’ve probably found your chest voice and head voice already, but did you know that these two registers can coordinate together to create an honorary third register known as mix or middle voice? This third register will allow you to sing with the rich depth of chest voice while accessing the extensive range afforded by head voice. By using your middle register, you create a blend of resonance which is powerful, natural and most of all, your true voice.
Middle voice is easy to access and really starts with how well you set up your foundation. A great place to start is the free short courses here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, which will show you how to set up your posture, diaphragmatic breathing and placement for the strongest foundation, allowing easy access to your mix.
#2 – Stop trying so hard
Are you trying to sing naturally, or trying to find your natural voice? Think about it, a spectacult singer like Chris Cornell isn’t trying to ‘sing’ like anyone, and was simply singing to the best of his ability with the technique he had developed. If you ‘try’ to sing like Chris Cornell, you’re actually singing in exactly the opposite manner to him, and exactly the opposite way to your natural resonance. Singing should be an easy, enjoyable and intuitive process – any excess effort or intention you put into your singing while you’re still developing your range is going to set you back and put roadblocks in your way. To find your true voice, you need to sing with your natural voice.
#3 – Sing styles you aren’t familiar with
This one is a great tool to really round out the rough edges in your technique and delivery. While I’m personally a rock guy, I often sing soul songs and have grown to really love the best soul singers like Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers and Ann Peebles – by smoothing out my technique to allow me to sing soul songs, this then translates to how well I sing rock and means I sing with the most natural resonance possible without the intention of singing ‘like a rock guy’.
If you love pop, try singing a Rock song every now and again and you’ll soon find which areas of your technique might need some work.
#4 – Try a different tone, or sing without one
Have you simply tried “singing” without any intentional colouring or tone to your voice? This can be a huge deciding factor in how naturally you sing. You probably don’t even realise it, but your favourite singers play a huge part in the choices you make as a singer, and you may very well be copying their delivery or tone unintentionally – try singing with a neutral tone and you’ll likely find the source of your issues. Beginner singers often have an undeveloped perspective of how a great singing voice should feel or sound, so try to alter what is their natural tone into something ‘better’, inadvertently removing the possiblity of growth in their natural resonance.
Try a more neutral tone and go for the pure elements of your voice from vowel shaping through to placement and register release and you will find your real voice is much easier to find.
#5 – Treat your voice as a NEW instrument every day
I do this personally, I warm up my voice as though I have NEVER sung before and treat my singing as a new voice that needs development even though I’ve been singing for 20 years. This allows me to build intuitive coordination with my voice instead of a forced and unnatural control while forcing my voice to do the same things and act the same way every day when the nature of the voice is that it is a fluid and ever changing instrument. Treat your voice as a new instrument each day for a better understanding of what makes your voice unique and the issues that you face in your natural tone rather than any issues that may be caused by running before you can walk, or by any stylstic bent that is creating problems that don’t really exist.
Finding your own voice is one of the most important keys to becoming a great singer. No two voices are alike, and hence your approach to singing should also be as unique and individual as your instrument. Is your approach designed for your unique voice, or are you following a cookie cutter approach created to build average voices? A great place to start is with the free foundations courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, and then when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started today!
If you have any questions about finding your true singing voice, feel free to leave any questions or feedback below!
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.