...meh.Now, the first step to changing anything is to become aware... of what you're doing, what you want to change, and how to change it. So first lets...
Assess the level of emotional authenticity in your voice
You want feeling in your sound. Is it there? You can listen to playback of a recording, or ask someone whose opinion you value. Don't ask someone who doesn't like your style of music, or that wouldn't know or wouldn't want to hurt your feelings with the truth. Ask a listener that you think should like your type of song, someone who normally would respond to your music if you are delivering emotion. Or ask an expert you trust... a good musician, your studio producer or vocal coach. If you find your voice lacking in color don't worry. There are ways to help bring a numb, lifeless, flat, thin, more or less dead vocal to emotionally authentic life!
Here are 13 suggestions to sing with more feeling:
- If you hold all the ends of your lines out as you would for choir or musical theater, it will sound inauthentic in more pop styles.
- If you scoop, slide and slur around as is normal for r&b, jazz or country on a pop or EDM song, you may turn off listeners in the crisper, more linear musical genre.
- To sound authentic within the style, don't sing bluegrass with vibrato.
- On the other hand, don't sing traditional country, jazz or r&b without bending something.
4. Don't sing a sad song happily.
5. Don't sing a song you can't relate to.
- What words or syll-ables would you emphasize if you were talking the line?
- Re-pull those words or syllables to emphasize them when singing and you'll instantly have more feeling in your voice! Get a lyric sheet and mark the money words. Try singing with emphasis on those words. Record it with your phone if you can, to check out the results.
...real singing is not for the squeamish.You must abandon yourself, your care for what people think, your fear of making odd facial gestures your voice may need, your reticence to share the message in the song fully. You can do all that after you leave the stage or vocal booth... but great courage is required for great performance.
Side effects from singing with more feeling:
- You have richer vocal resonance because your voice operates more fully.
- You'll get great response not only from the heart your lyric is directed to (which is your prime directive), you'll have the 'gravy' of capturing the audience that's listening to you do it.
- You'll no doubt experience less vocal fatigue! Not bad side effects.
- However you'll also probably notice that you're hungry after you perform, because singing with feeling takes more mental, vocal AND physical energy!