Don’t Have a Good Voice? Here’s How to Fix It
Do you feel like you simply have a bad voice, and that the world’s best singers are simply gifted with a good voice? If you want to build a good voice, the process is surprisingly easy and straight-forward. Singing is ultimately a process of balance and control, not one of muscular force – when you learn to balance, you learn to sing.
If you want a good voice, this comes with time and the pursuit of balance. Are you ready to balance your voice?
Foundation is key
Your singing voice is only ever going to be as strong as the foundation you build it upon – Foundation is key to a great singing voice. Foundation starts with a healthy posture, which looks a little something like head up, shoulders back and chin parallel with the floor. With this healthy posture, you will easily engage your diaphragm and achieve breath support when you sing. Breath support occurs when you breathe using engagement of the diaphragm without contraction of your ribs – meaning that you maintain consistent air pressure even as you ‘lose’ air through a long or sustained phrase.
By setting up a strong foundation, you will ensure that your voice stays strong and consistent through your full range without the need for a weak head register or pushed chest voice.
No one has a bad voice
Sure, there are those frustrating people out there who naturally possess an aptitude for the coordination required that allows great singing – and while the learning curve may be a little different for those of us who aren’t naturally gifted with a good voice, it’s really no indication of the end result of consistent training and regular practice. In short, no one has a bad voice, only a voice that lacks balance and coordination. When you phrase it like this, the process of learning how to sing becomes much less magical and mystical, and really becomes a personal process of self-discovery around how our unique voices resonate within our unique bodies. This is why ‘one size fits all’ singing programs only serve a small number of singers instead of everyone else who may not be gifted with an easy voice, or more importantly, an easy-to-train voice.
Vowels aren’t vowels
In singing, you don’t make use of pronunciation, you actually shape your vowels using your tongue and a matching vocal tract shape/resonant space. A great example of this is to have you alternate between an AH vowel and an EE vowel, like CAR and SEE, can you feel how the back of your tongue moves upwards from the AH to the EE? Congratulations, you just shaped your first two vowels – EE is created by a raised back of the tongue, and AH is created with a low and concave tongue. When you sing, it’s important that you form each of these vowel sounds instead of trying to pronounce each of your words – a word like “LOVE” no longer has the central sound of “UH”, it is a pure AH vowel created by a concave, lowered tongue.
Resonance and placement
There is a specific manner and place that our voices resonate in an efficient way for great singing. Often beginner singers, especially those with a lower voice type try to resonate in the throat, or the chest – when in fact the voice travels upwards and resonates in the head (for the most part). Sure, the sensation of your low range may feel like it’s “in your chest”, but this isn’t the same for every singer, and it’s an effective intention for your singing voice. Placement is simply the concept of limiting any inefficient frequencies which don’t serve your singing voice – ultimately allowing you to focus your energy purely on efficient and healthy frequencies which DO resonate within the vocal tract the way it was intended.
By building a voice that has a strong foundation, a healthy vowel production and the right approach to resonance and placement, any idea that you have a bad voice will soon be replaced by the reality that we ALL have a good voice, but we don’t necessarily have control or balance without our voices naturally sing well. Balance and control are two important aspects of a great singing voice, and fortunately can be learned easily.
A great place to start balancing and controlling your voice is the free foundations short courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, which will show you how to set up a strong and consistent foundation that will become the powerful base your range is built upon. When you’re ready to knock your singing voice up another notch you can book a Skype Session and we’ll work towards extending your range and building control and consistency in your voice EVERY time you sing.
If you have any questions about building a good voice, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!