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Monday, March 22, 2010

10 Signs Of Bad Vocal Technique

Whether or not you are studying voice, you are still using certain "vocal techniques" which you've learned either consciously or unconsciously from family, friends or music teachers. Here are some signs that your vocal technique is in need of an overhaul. Your technique is bad if:
  1. Your throat hurts to talk after you perform.
  2. You worry about losing your voice from talking or singing performance.
  3. Your voice feels strained after using it
  4. You don't command much attention when you speak or sing.
  5. You never seem to have enough breath.
  6. You can't hit your pitch accurately even though you can hear that it's "off".
  7. Your vocal tone is thin, uninteresting or hollow and hooty.
  8. You can't do certain vocal licks you're trying to imitate.
  9. You can't sing very low or high, your vocal range is limited so your song choices are, too.
  10. Your manager, agent, label rep or significant other who you trust tells you confidentially they are hearing  a problem with your voice. (duh).
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4 Comments :

  • At March 24, 2010 at 7:14 PM , Anonymous Leigh Ann Otte said...

    Great post. On American Idol the other night, one girl knew she was "pitchy" but still wasn't getting it right. I was wondering why. Guess she needs to come see you.

    Also, it seems like the vocal range thing is part of what kills some great singers. Their songs start to sound the same, partly because they keep singing the same few notes.

     
  • At March 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    You are so right, Leigh Ann... and vocal range keeps getting pushed so badly at these contests! UGH!!!

     
  • At August 8, 2014 at 8:18 AM , Blogger Lee Ann Osburn said...

    My throat is scratchy after I sing what am I doing wrong? Fairly new singer in my Praise team at church.

     
  • At August 8, 2014 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Lee Ann... you may have some kind of allergy, or you may be using bad vocal technique. It would be great to nip it in the bud with a visit to your doc or alternative medical specialist if you suspect allergy, or an intuitive vocal coach if you suspect problems with how you're singing (bad vocal technique). When I take on a new student (in person or Skype), the first thing I do is assess vocal strengths and weaknesses, and immediately address your most troublesome core issues.

     

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