Ever wonder, “do I sound good when I sing?” Many singers find it hard to answer this simple question.
Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there are actually objective standards that determine whether your voice sounds good. And fortunately, there’s a useful acronym to remember these standards!
The Three T’s
Poor timing makes singers sound amateur. Your voice should move with the rhythm of the music.
Make sure you don’t sing too fast or too slow, speed up or slow down, or sing in the wrong places.
Ask yourself: is my rhythm solid?
Singing the wrong notes, or singing the right notes inaccurately, is another mark of bad singing. If you don’t sing in tune correctly people will say you sound “off-key.”
Make sure you learn every single note you need to sing in a song. Also, practice the notes slowly and accurately. Finally, sing in a key that isn’t too high or too low for your voice.
Ask yourself: are my notes accurate?
Your vocal tone quality should match the mood of the song you’re singing. If your tone doesn’t match what the lyrics are expressing, your singing will sound “off” to your audience.
When practicing a song, take the time to define what tone qualities you should use. Also, make sure you’re not straining to sing any of the notes. And finally, assess whether your pronunciation is appropriate for the genre.
Ask yourself: does my vocal tone sound right for the song?
Benny Meza is a Master Associate at Brett Manning Studios in Nashville, TN. He’s taught over 7,000 vocal lessons and has worked with clients from Warner Music, RCA, Universal Music Group, and many others.
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