Are you not happy with your singing tone? Here are some tips that you can use to smooth out your tone and start sounding better — whether you are a beginner singer, or a seasoned professional vocalist!

1. Accept the tone of your voice – your voice is unique and special, nobody else sounds like you do! Your voice is a beautiful and unique thing. There are no two voices that are the same, they are like a fingerprint, and you need to learn to love and embrace the tone of your own voice, and its physical limitations (how high and how low it can go). The thing to pay attention to here is – do you sound like yourself when singing, or are you trying to imitate someone else’s sound? We’ve all been there: you record yourself singing or speaking, and in playback hearing something that seems like a stranger; and all you can think is: “Ohh, goodness me, is this what I sound like?

There are a few reasons. Number one — because recording equipment, no matter how good or expensive, cannot capture ALL frequencies and nuances of your voice. Number two — when you are singing vs. listening to a recorded voice, you can hear yourself “from the inside” (your own skull and bones resonance, etc.). And this component of your sound is impossible to replicate for anybody else to hear — including yourself, when listening to your voice recorded.

So, listen to your voice to get used to it. Even recording it on your phone helps. Or, you may find out that your speaking and singing voice are totally different! If that’s the case — read on to our next point:

2. Placement is a very important part of your sound — if your voice is sounding really shrill, nasal, raspy, with a thin and weak tone. Or has a really different tone unlike your speaking voice — which means you need to change the direction of the sound, also called vocal placement. If you are adjusting voice placement, it may change the sound of your voice — for better or for worse.

If you think you have got some placement issues:

3. Get some professional advice – go and get some good singing lessons, and think about where you want the sound to go. If your sound when singing is different to your speaking voice, then they can help you find a nice natural placement, where your voice is just flowing through your body, getting rich and full, and straight out of your mouth — and not going high into the nose, or down into the throat, or pushing through too much air.

Hope that this has helped you out, have fun and enjoy singing!

Empower your Voice!
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