Today I want to talk about a subject which is often discussed, but very rarely understood. The importance of developing your own style of singing.
Many people who are new to singing, especially the younger generation, tend to start off by copying their favourite singer and you may well be thinking ‘hey that’s great’ or anything which encourages singing is good.
Yes, it’s absolutely imperative to encourage young or newbie singers to do anything that will inspire or motivate them to start or keep singing regularly. However, there’s a down side to encouraging them to just copy someone they admire or have heard belting out on the TV or live at a concert.
‘Where’s the harm?’ I can hear you ask.
Well there’s actually very little or no harm that will be caused, unless of course they are straining and trying to emulate a singer with a raspy or completely different style of voice, and that can cause all sorts of short or long term damage.
There are potentially a few negative consequences:
- Temporary or longer term vocal damage due to forcing the voice to sound like someone else and tiring their voice due to excessive push or strain
- Shortage of musicality or emotion as it’s simply copying rather than an original performance
- Lack of vocal tone clarity as the vocal mechanism is being compromised through various ‘affectations’
By copying someone else and not sounding the same, this can lead to people mistakenly thinking they can’t sing because they are trying to be something they’re not physically meant to be. This can have a devastating effect on a singer’s confidence
So you can see that while it’s good to keep everyone singing, it’s not ideal to copy someone else who may have a much higher or lower natural range or a completely different timbre to their voice.
Enjoy Being Unique
By developing your own style, you are unique, you are creating your own brand and can sing in any way which is natural to you.
This will allow your voice to be free from tension, obstruction or push, which in turn will create more space, more resonance and a sweeter and fuller tone which won’t damage or tire out.
Two voices side by side will sound much more ‘alike’ if they are each individual’s most freely produced singing tone rather than a compromised mechanism which is being manipulated to sound like something it’s not.
We’re all individual – learn to love and embrace your own singing voice!