Finding your own singing voice

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Finding your own singing voice
Finding your own singing voice

Have you always wanted to be a great singer? You just might have a beautiful singing voice waiting to be heard – you just need to find it. The key to becoming a better singer is finding your vocal range, using the right technique and practicing a lot. A few vocal tricks may be the only thing stopping you from bursting into beautiful singing!


Method 1 of 3: Getting to know your voice

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Step 1. Determine your vocal range

These are the number of octaves you can sing in, from the lowest note to the highest. You can find your range by singing scales, starting with the lowest note you can sing clearly and going until you can't hit another note higher. There are 7 types of voices: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, countertenor, tenor, baritone and bass.

  • Warm up by singing major scales, starting with middle C. Sing C-D-E-F-G-F-E-D-C and go up and down again by a semitone for each new scale.
  • Which scales can you sing the most clearly? At what point does it get harder to hit the notes? Pay attention to where you fail to determine what kind of voice type you have.
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Step 2. Find your tessitura

Your tessitura is the vocal range in which you can sing the easiest and where your voice sounds the most beautiful. Your vocal range can transcend your tessitura. You may be able to sing very high or low notes, but there is a range of tones that your voice can produce more easily and with more power. These most ideal notes will help you get the most out of your singing voice.

  • Which songs do you prefer to sing along to? If there are a few that you love to sing along to, it's probably because you can feel that singing along to those songs sounds good. Notice the notes in that music.
  • With practice, you can expand the range of your voice at which you can sing notes powerfully.

Step 3. Decide when to use your chest voice and when to use your lead voice

Chest voice is what you use when speaking and singing lower tones. When you sing higher notes, you use a main voice, which can sound airy or full.

Mixed voice is a blend between the two and is often used by pop singers like Ariana Grande and Beyonce

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Step 4. Learn to use proper singing technique

If you haven't used the right technique until now, you may not even know what your voice really sounds like. Using the right technique, your voice will sound clear and powerful. Keep the following points in mind as you practice singing:

  • Maintain good posture. Stand up straight so you can breathe easier. Keep your neck upright but relaxed.
  • As for breathing; make sure you breathe from your diaphragm. Your stomach should expand as you inhale and contract as you exhale. This gives you more control over your pitch.
  • Open the back of your throat and pronounce your vowels clearly as you sing.

Method 2 of 3: Practicing songs

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Step 1. Always warm up your voice first

Your vocal cords are muscles that need time to warm up so they don't get overloaded. Start singing scales, slowly and for about 10 to 15 minutes. When your vocal cords are warmed up and ready to go, you can start singing the songs you want to practice.

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Step 2. Choose the right music tracks

Choose music tracks that are well within your reach so that you give yourself the best chance of singing it well and finding that great singing voice that has been hiding inside you all these years.

  • Sing along with the recordings of the music you've chosen until you feel like you've mastered them.
  • Practice singing the music tracks without the recording. You can play the instrumental part, but don't play the vocals.
  • Practice songs in a variety of styles. Maybe you like hip-hop the most, but you discover that you are better at singing jazz or country. Give all kinds of music a chance.
  • If you like a song but can't sing it in the key it's written in, use an app like AnyTune to change the key while keeping the tempo. Or use the app to slow down the pace while learning difficult passages.
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Step 3. Record your own voice

Use a tape recorder or other recording device to record yourself singing after your voice has warmed up and you've practiced. Notice the things you may need to work on and what sounds good.

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Step 4. Perform in front of an audience

Sometimes it is difficult to determine what can be improved without feedback from others. Sing to family or friends and ask them to give an honest response to your voice.

  • Don't forget to warm up your voice before singing.
  • Sing in a large, open space with a high ceiling; your voice will sound better there than in a room with a low ceiling and a carpet.
  • After getting responses, take them to heart the next time you practice.
  • Karaoke clubs are a great place to practice singing in front of other people.

Method 3 of 3: Making your voice purer

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Step 1. Find your own unique style

What makes your voice unique? Once you know the limitations of your vocal range, you can experiment with different singing styles to get the best out of your voice.

  • Maybe you have an opera voice; practice classical singing.
  • Maybe you have a nice nasal country voice. Make use of it!
  • Even screaming and whispering have found their place in rock music. Everything is possible.
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Step 2. Join a band or choir

Singing with other musicians is a great way to get more creative in your vocal style. Join a choir or music association at your church or school, or start a band with a few friends where you become the lead singer. You can also audition for a musical or take up street music if you can't wait to perform.

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Step 3. Consider taking singing lessons

If you're serious about finding your singing voice, getting lessons from a professional instructor is the way to get started. A singing teacher can teach you to use your voice as an instrument. You will likely find that you have a wider vocal range than you thought you had, and your teacher will be able to help you determine which style suits your skills.


  • Always start with an easier song and then move on to the more challenging one.
  • Think about what you are singing about and try to convey the real passion of the song with your voice.
  • Singing is difficult and you will meet hateful people. But hang in there and keep looking for exercises that make your voice more flexible.
  • Don't expect to be great right away. This takes time and effort to achieve!
  • Avoid drinking things like milk and orange juice because they coat your throat with an extra layer of mucus.
  • Try a wide variety of songs such as jazz, hip-hop, and see which style you like best.
  • Try singing along to a piano to help hit the right note.
  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Don't put too much stress on your vocal cords or they can get damaged and eventually tear.
  • Keep your head upright while singing; that makes it sound better.

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