Why Does My Voice Sound Weak? [3 Singing Tips For More POWER]
If you want to skip pages and paragraphs of technical details, the secret to POWERFUL singing is this:
Say it slow, say it fast, sing it high or sing it low – but make sure you do it with a BUZZ.
The key to powerful singing is resonance, and the key to great resonance is building upon a strong foundation as a singer.
Let me start by sharing with you the four things that every great singer throughout history is doing to sing with a powerful, pleasant and controlled voice:
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- “All In One Flow”
- Mixed Tonality
That’s right – these four simple and achievable tips are actually known as The Four Vocal Fundamentals, and for good reason.
By first starting with this rock solid vocal foundation, you’re going to set yourself up for massive growth and progress as a singer with a healthy and powerful singing voice.
Now, before we get started with 3 Singing Tips For More Power, let me answer your question: “Why Does My Voice Sound Weak?”
Now, there’s two main reasons that your voice sounds weak:
- Improper airflow
- Lack of resonance
Honestly, in over a decade of experience as a professional voice coach, and nearly 20 years experience as a singer – these two issues are the ONLY reason you have a weak sounding singing voice.
There’s only TWO things you need to improve if you want a stronger voice.
But what about Compression? Support? Vowel Modification? Cry? Edge? Twang?
The truth is, these vocal techniques are simply ways to improve your airflow and create resonance.
So let me share with you three tips to help you sing with more power, more range and effortless freedom.
How To Sing With More Power
What exactly IS power in singing anyway?
Think of your voice like a set of tuning forks – when you hit the right fork in the right way, it just RINGS and RINGS and RINGS with effortless resonance in an incredibly loud and powerful way.
Your voice is exactly the same!
When you hit the ‘vowel’ in the right way, you achieve the register overtone which rings in the same way that a tuning fork would – in fact, there’s four register overtones for each base vowel sound, so it’s really four tuning forks.
I’ll show you how to achieve the vowel overtones in a moment, but first let me show you three ways to increase your power as a singer.
#1 – Forward Placement
Forward placement is not only the key to healthy singing in general – it’s the key to a powerful singing voice too!
Now, when we talk about ‘placement’, we’re not actually talking “nasality” per se, it’s really just the bones of the face being used to resonate the voice out of the throat rather than a ‘nosey’ tone.
Placement is really just a way to increase efficiency in your singing so that you can hit that ‘tuning fork’ in just the right way so that it rings – but you don’t have to hit it hard of with any force at all for a powerful tone.
This is a great tutorial video on vocal placement: How To Sing With Vocal Placement
For me personally, developing a healthy vocal placement was one of the main keys to developing a 4+ octave range as a singer (I’ll show you a “before and after” of my voice in a minute).
#2 – Mixed Voice
Mixed Voice occurs when you blend resonance from chest voice with resonance from head voice – in essence balancing between “weight” and “tension” in the folds by coordinating use of the TA and CT muscles in your vocal mechanism.
Mixed Voice is actually where “belting” occurs. So, if you’re trying to belt and project by using chest voice only – then you’re just shouting and yelling.
Mixed Voice is SUPER easy to develop. In fact, I’ll show you how to do it right now in this exclusive Mixed Voice Singing Lesson
#3 – Vowel Overtones
I promised you that I would show you how the vowel overtones worked, and that’s what I’m going to do.
Now, if you think of the voice like a black-to-white gradient, everything beyond point “A” (black) to point “B” (white) is actually a sliding scale of grey – it’s not “Black as far as possible, then a little bit of white” – it’s a gradient from dark to light, and your voice is exactly the same.
Instead of making you read any further, let me show you exactly how to sing the vowel overtones correctly in this free lesson that also starts with a “before and after” of my own singing voice before and after I mastered the three simple tips I’ve given you in this tutorial: