Do you feel frustrated trying to find “your” singing voice? You are not alone. Many aspiring artists are secretly afraid that their singing voice is generic and not good enough to make it in the music industry.
Music isn’t always about perfect form and technique. A little imperfection (and a lot of style) is what makes it human and fun. It is about using what you have, turning it to your own style, and entertaining yourself and your audience.
But you still need to be able to sing! Firstly, stop comparing yourself to other artists. You might feel that you are not good enough, but imitating others will not help. It will only make you even more insecure. If you have not found your own style yet, just be yourself and let your voice be heard. The more you surrender, the easier it will be to develop your own style.
I am not saying that you do not have to work hard to improve your vocal technique. Today’s music industry is highly competitive andyou have to work your butt off to improve your craft. If you feel that your voice is not good enough, then do something about it! Don’t hold yourself back from carving your path to success. If you want to make it in the music business, you need to give yourself every possible edge on your competition.
Here are some tips on how not to suck at singing.
Study Everything About Music
As a musician, you have to continuously study music and learn the language. You might have started your music lessons from early childhood or just recently developed your interest in music. Either way you do not want to stop learning. Take some guitar or piano lessons, read about music theory, and learn your chord progressions. Any musical knowledge will help you improve as a singer. A great place to start is MusicTheory.net.
Train Your Voice With Effective Tools
Many believe that you have to be born with a good singing voice to become a singer. However, you can train your voice to be stronger and sound much better over time. You will be surprised at how hundreds of people have transformed their singing voices through structured vocal training programs – and they don’t have to be expensive. Training your voice with a good online singing lesson will not only help enhance your singing voice but will also help improve your style
and step outside your comfort zone. Do not be afraid to look for help online. There are a lot of great singing lessons for you to choose from.
Write Creative Songs and Melodies
It is easy to start writing lyrics but you have to learn how to finish songs. Songwriting takes a lot of practice and work to perfect. It’s not as simple as putting your thoughts to paper and adding a melody. The most important thing is to write as much as you can. Finish as many songs as you can. Write songs that will speak to people with unique ideas and phrases. Use interesting melodies and time your words uniquely. To become a truly great singer, you need to wow your
audience with your words.
Get Well Recorded Music
You need a music producer. If you don’t have one, you can find instrumentals to write your songs to online. Have a budget – work or raise money if you have to – and record your best songs. Work with a producer who has the sound you are looking for and works in the genre you hope to succeed in. If you’re an R&B singer, make sure you work with producers who really know that genre. You’ll often find that the right piece of musical backing will go a long way in inspiring the best work to come out of you – vocally and lyrically.
Get Your Music Out There
You need feedback. And more importantly, you need thicker skin. Do not expect that once you have put your music out on YouTube or iTunes, you will immediately hit it big. But you will get feedback – and a lot will be useless and some might be hurtful. But if you use it right, it can help you to improve in ways you never would without putting yourself out there. Market and promote your music and show all your friends/family. You should even look at getting professionally done paid reviews. Music is all subjective, but professional criticism can help improve in areas you may not even realize need improving.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
This may be a cliché, but most people really don’t understand how important it is. What is the saying? 10,000 hours of practice makes you an expert? Practice singing using proper posture and breathing. The 10,000 hours of practice applies to every craft to achieve mastery in a field. The music industry is a tough business and is no different. If you want to succeed beyond all expectations, practice and hone your craft. It’s a lot of work and it can be boring and tedious. But if you really want it, you’ll go through it. And the results will truly amaze you.
The next time someone tells you that you can’t sing or you’re not good enough, do not lose hope. Think of it as reminder that you just need to train and develop yourself – that you have to work harder. The biggest failure in life is not trying again. Keep working hard and you can be the amazing singer you dream of.
About The Author:
Sheryl Alfaro is a blogger and music enthusiast who writes for The Singer’s Corner. Learn more about how to sing better at TheSingersCorner.com.