So you've either noticed or been told that you have a numb or lifeless singing voice. Getting to the root (the why) is the only way to change this ineffective, boring vocal performance into a voice that is understood at an emotional level.
The top 9 reasons I see in vocal coaching for numb/ lifeless singing:
1. You don't know what your main vocal goal should be.
- Your #1 goal should be to make somebody feel and/or understand something... much more important than technically 'singing good'.
- Read the lyric out loud... what is it saying? Go deeper... What is it saying between the lines?
- Again... read the lyric. The answer should come. You should also understand who you should NOT be communicating to in order to be authentic.
- As every great actor knows, you can't get a response you don't go for. If you communicate effectively, you will create some kind of (even a subtle) response from the listener. Not everyone has to like what you say, but you should be able to generate some kind of response energy from your performance. Sometimes it's just a feeling of electricity in the room... you know it's there (or not).
- The time to think technically is during vocal training and technical rehearsal, not during actual performance.
6. You are psychologically constricted due to past trauma, low self esteem, fear, fatigue, chronic pain or physical illness
- Treat the underlying physical or psychological condition. Yes... freely singing can do wonders to free the psyche, but sometimes it can also uncover the need for some extra help from counseling or medical professional.
- You as a creative person may need to rein in your enhanced sensitivity to read a room. You must focus your thoughts on your #1 goal (above), informed by knowing the who, what and why of the song!
- Singing with a poker face or stiff body will generate a numb vocal sound because of the breath and throat issues that result. Learn to your body and your face correctly to give life to vocal tone.
- Hit me up. I can help... with all the above, in fact.
PS... this works for the speaking voice, too.