Have you always dreamed of becoming a pro singer?
The thing is, you may have a beautiful voice sitting deep down inside of you, though you have just yet to discover it. There are many important things to note when looking for your singing voice, including finding your vocal range, using the correct technique, and practicing to find out what feels right for you. Of course, knowing the right vocal techniques and tricks will help your voice to come out in a natural way. Here are the top 3 ways to find your singing voice!
1. Get To Know Your Voice
Start by finding your vocal range. Your vocal range is the measure of notes that you can sing from your lowest to your highest, usually marked in octaves. There are seven voice types in most schools of thought, including bass, baritone, tenor, countertenor, alto, mezzo-soprano, and soprano, all moving from lowest to highest. The notes in your proper vocal range are the ones that you feel comfortable singing clearly. Take note of which notes you strain for. You also want to learn about the difference between your chest voice and head voice.
Make sure that you have a good warmup first and foremost. Your vocal cords need a bit of time to warm up before you begin singing so that they are not strained. Practice your breath, sing a few scales, and work your way up to singing in your full range. Try and sing some songs on lip trills to ease into your voice. When you finally reach the point of practicing songs, make sure to pick songs that fit your range and voice type. Yes, we all want to belt out some Robert Plant or Celine Dion, though to do so, we need to work our way there.
If you absolutely must sing a song, though it is too high or low for you, consider changing the key. Try and record yourself while singing too. This way you can listen back and hear yourself from an objective standpoint to either correct bad technique or appreciate how far you’ve come.
Figure out what makes your voice unique. Do you have a bit of twang to your voice? Maybe try and sing some country. Do you have a gorgeous vibrato? Perhaps you should throw a bit of classical style into your repertoire. Even heavy screaming is a technique in its own, used among the legions of rock gods. Here are a few ways that you can refine your voice:
- Sing in a band or choir; busk on the street
- Practice different genres to see what you feel most comfortable with
- Take vocal lessons from a reputable teacher
Finding the Voice In YOU
Last but not least, remember that singing is FUN. No one chooses to sing because it’s hard work. We choose to sing because we love to sing. The hard work comes when you want to get better, just like with anything. Make sure to stay motivated and put your passion to work. With enough time invested, you’ll find the voice you’ve been searching for.