View Poll Results: How do you feel about your singing voice?

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  • I love my voice!

    96 12.42%
  • My voice is o.k., but could be better.

    186 24.06%
  • I have mixed feelings about it.

    216 27.94%
  • My voice is not so good, but I live with it.

    104 13.45%
  • I hate hearing myself on tape. Sometimes I want to quit.

    171 22.12%
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Thread: Do You Like (Or Hate) Your Voice?

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    I've been struggling for the last week on the tune (see short sound bite at top of thread). I have done 5 different sessions (each with lots of punch-ins), and after each one I felt it was good. Then playback later showed it to be lousy.

    I think I finally nailed it last night though. Here's a few things I've learned:

    1) If you are doing original material, there is a tendency to "learn" the melody sharp or flat in your head, and then that habit is hard to break. That's one problem I had on this tune.

    2) Use a piano to play the melody correctly on an open track, then sing to the piano a few times, with the piano up in your mix.

    3) Once you've patched together a solid vocal track with the "real" melody using the piano, then re-sing the entire track at one time, by singing in unison with your first pitch-corrected vocal track. Then you can erase the piano and first vocal track.

    4) Listen to the track a day later. Your ears will get fatigued after awhile in the process of recording. If there are flaws, do no. 3 over.

    5) Having someone help you with pitch is a good idea, as long as they don't tell you that you are a hopeless case, and you should give it up. Two ears can be better than one.

    6) This is just a theory I have: pitch is the main overridding thing that makes singers sound bad. If you can get a really bad singer on pitch, then you'll start to see that even "bad" voices have interesting positive qualities. (Well, there are other elements too: vibrato control, singing through the nose etc....)

    Sorry. I am rambling.

    Addendum: I should also add:

    7) Resist the urge to get overly emotional about your vocal takes. Be neither too down on yourself nor too excited about your sound. Try to step back from it and listen to it as though you've never heard it before. (This is hard to do.)
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    For me the answer is "yes."

    I have a good voice. I like it, other people have told me its good. Other musicians sometimes sit up and take notice.

    I'm also keenly aware that I can't do with it what I want to. I have to write and sing within my limitations and sometimes I wish I could go just a little lower, higher, longer, softer, breathier, etc. I don't have too much problem with loud... unless its too loud- often linked with high pitched and (cring) off pitch.

    Voices take a lot more work than most people, myself included, put into them.

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    Great to see that others have this problem too

    I can totally relate to the soft/hard thing. I'm getting to be kind of ok with my voice if I sing soft. But that limits me and it feels like I can't make songs with a bit more noise going on if I have to be soft all the time (no dirty jokes please!).

    After a while of hating my recorded voice, I am now at a point where I'm ok with how it sounds, except that I find it so incredibly boring and lacking character. I hope it will change too, but I'm not sure it's possible to find your own voice exciting.

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    I think my voice sucks...but it's what I have. So, I keep trying. Some songs come out good...some bad. But the "bad" ones are really bad.
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    I'm happy with my voice when I sing covers, depending on the song of course, but my own work? I haven't broken through the barrier yet.

    I'm of the opinion that every single person in the world has a great singing voice that others would love, if they could only find it. Think of David Bowie, Tom Petty, Danny Elfman, and others. Very unique voices that, alone, might be considered kind of crappy, but their voices fit so well with their music that they are amazing. Jello Biafra is an outstanding vocalist (Dead Kennedys) that only fits his music.

    It's all about finding your voice. Everyone can do it, but getting all those elements put together is darn near impossible. (Notice I said "near" impossible).

    That's why the big artists sell so well. They somehow put together the following elements (not in order of priority, and I may be missing a few):

    1. Great song (that comes first above and beyond anything else).
    2. Great technical playing (guitar, piano, etc. Hit the right notes at the right time and try not to miss---I miss constantly).
    3. Great voice that matches the song.

    4. Marketing or publishing; getting people to hear you through performing or recording.

    5. Good recording technique (the sounds in the mind seldom match that finished product, do they?).

    6. Luck.

    And maybe a touch of God's help, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaveKong
    I'm of the opinion that every single person in the world has a great singing voice that others would love, if they could only find it. Think of David Bowie, Tom Petty, Danny Elfman, and others. Very unique voices that, alone, might be considered kind of crappy, but their voices fit so well with their music that they are amazing. Jello Biafra is an outstanding vocalist (Dead Kennedys) that only fits his music.

    It's all about finding your voice. Everyone can do it, but getting all those elements put together is darn near impossible. (Notice I said "near" impossible).


    And maybe a touch of God's help, eh?
    I like my voice and hate it too....such conflict.

    For me...what you say about finding your own niche, is very true. I have great difficulty doing covers of other's songs. My voice will only do so much....and so I tend to stick with my own songs.

    Whenever I hear someone else's song, that has no lyrics or actual structure yet..and I am allowed to make it mine, then I like doing that.

    I get so tired of hearing my voice doing the same things over and over again.

    I would also love to find someone who likes my voice and interested in singing with me.

    A lot of help needed for this voice.

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    I'm far from happy with my voice. It's very limited. Mind you, so is my musicianship.

    I like to write songs, but don't see myself as a performer.

    That doesn't worry me too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Russell
    I hear ya, man.

    Singers can really miss the "groove" of a song, even though they might have better technique.

    i hate pop so much because of this. ie: american idol. all they do is sing soft or belt it out. i hate when people have no dynamic in volume within a phrase. or if they have this vibrato they've done so many times it's the same speed and do it on almost every note.

    or when everything is sung with the same amount of breath support...ack. it's okay to have a fragile sounding voice if the song begs for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Russell
    6) This is just a theory I have: pitch is the main overridding thing that makes singers sound bad. If you can get a really bad singer on pitch, then you'll start to see that even "bad" voices have interesting positive qualities. (Well, there are other elements too: vibrato control, singing through the nose etc....)
    Your theory is correct. If a singer with good tone and technique can't sing in tune, then he sucks as a singer. Pitch is the top priority. If you can sing on pitch, then you can work around such things as tone and range with some success.

    As for my personal vocal, I'm not really thrilled about it, but I've learned to live with it and there are times when I am really proud of the work I've done. After doing so many songs, I've gotten a little more comfortable about my voice and I don't wince as much as I used to when hearing my singing through the monitors.

    I just wished I had the same attitude with my vocals when I was younger: the "bands" I joined could've actually done something instead of just waiting around for a vocalist to come along.
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    I started out hating my own voice, used to do some singing for my own stuff.
    Kinda effortless with no juice in it, mostely due to lack of faith in my vocal abilities.

    I`ve allways hated to sing in front of people in a acapella kinda way, even my own family, gigs are ok though

    Anyways, I formed a band a few years a go, and there I was singing a bit, due to no vocalist, the other band members said I did a good job.
    And from there on and out til now, I`ve sorta gone one step at the way, with getting more faith in my vocal abilities.

    I now get quite a bit compliments on my vocals
    So I`m kinda aquiering a taste for my own vox

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