Sing In Your Own Voice

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Do you struggle with imitation?

Do you find yourself trying to sing like your favorite artist?

Do you wonder what your own true voice sounds like?

There are so many amazing benefits to the Institute for Vocal Advancement technique that I teach. From bringing vocal balance to the voice, to reducing strain, it’s a truly amazing vocal practice.

But one of my favorite things about teaching the IVA technique is that in our voice lessons, we will get to work with your voice exactly as it is, without any imitation or cover up.

Here’s how:

By working with unfinished sounds first (these are the funny sounds that are good for balancing the voice; like the bratty or dopey sounds) and then working on more finished sounds (more like spoken words; like “Mum” or “Gee”) we are kind of bringing the voice back to a neutral gear.

After all, how can you sing a “Mum” like Ed Sheeran? How would you know what his “Mum” sounds like?

You can only produce a “Mum” in your own voice. Whether or not the “Mum” is pure and without strain is another matter. That’s why you take voice lessons from me. I act as the unbiased listener.

But seriously, how cool is it that you have to sing some of these sounds in your own voice first?

Then what happens?

We apply those sounds to your favorite song of course!

So instead of singing the lyrics to your favorite Jessie J song, we have you sing “Mum” on the melody. This “Mum” is still your natural voice. Because again, how can you sing “Mum” just like Jessie J?

Finally, we proceed to sing lyrics with the same feeling as we were getting with “Mum” on the melody.

And voila! You have successfully sung the lyrics to a song you love in your own voice!

Trust me, this process is much easier said than done which is another reason why you need a trained professional to teach voice lessons, but the facts are simple. Unfinished and finished sounds will balance your voice. Applying that balance to the melody will keep your voice sounding natural. Finally replacing the sounds with actual words allows you to stay balanced and sing in your own voice!

But perhaps you worry that your natural speaking or singing voice is not beautiful and that’s why you imitate your favorite artists.

I believe that while you can never sing in a voice that is not your own, there is a lot of work we can do to improve the natural voice you already have. You can always strengthen the voice (power), increase it’s flexibility (range), and add beauty with vibrato, sustain and pure vowels.

From an artistic perspective, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to sing in your own voice.

In my experience, I know how important it is to have heroes. They will be there all the time.

Let them inspire you, but do not try to imitate them. Try instead to be grateful that you have your own beautiful voice waiting to be explored.

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