Is it possible to sing the correct notes, but still sound bad?

Have you ever asked yourself why you oftentimes hit all the notes, but your singing still sounds bad? Well, you are not alone.

It is a common problem amongst aspiring singers, especially those who are recording themselves singing for the very first time.

Listening to and hearing your own voice played back can be an awkward experience and one that real singers often get familiar with over time. 

However, you might be interested to understand that there are unique reasons why your singing still sounds bad even though you hit all the notes. 

Why do I sound bad?

Let’s consider the common concerns and determine how to enhance them:

Lack of Control 

Remember that control is about the breath and is one of the crucial elements of good singing. Work on that before anything else.

You want to create a down and outward expansion as you inhale, and resist letting that expansion collapse as you exhale.

This will offer enough air to support the sound, and do so consistently over time.

Just imagine a blown-up balloon. When you pinch the top of it, the air stays in, right?

You can release the air out gradually by slowly easing the grip.

but if you let go totally, the air comes whooshing out in one go. 

Having control in singing is like a slow release of grip on that balloon.

However, it’s a bit challenging to create that habit in your body. So, you’ll need to practice.  

Picking the Wrong Repertoire

This is the easiest fix of all. It could simply be that you’re singing songs that aren’t a good fit for you.

Not everyone is meant to sing every style of music. So it can be helpful to try experimenting with different genres. 

Play around with enough different types of music, and you’ll eventually discover a type of music where you voice truly shines!

It is also a smart idea to stick to music written for your type of voice and vocal range. 

Straining and Pushing 

Straining or pushing is a bad strategy for increasing range or power. Like anything, these elements develop with the right training.

Do not be tempted to rush the process and force your voice in any way.

If you feel sore and hoarse after singing, you are doing it wrong. 

Singing Notes Out of Your Range

This can apply to the lower register. However, the main culprit for painful notes is the very top of the range.

First, determine the range of notes you can comfortably sing and stick within those for the time being.

The more you develop your vocal technique, the more you’ll like see your range increase. 

But what do you do if you have a song that you want to sing that’s too high?

In that case, you can transpose it, or drop the key if needed. 

You Must Sing with Emotion

Music is emotion that you can hear. If your song lacks feeling, then it will be boring for your listeners.

So make sure that when you sing, you’re getting the feel across to your listener. 

Learning to Sing with Emotion is a process, but it’s definitely worth putting the time into mastering it. 

Well, I hope this helps! 

I’d also like to invite you to join our Sing Fam Community. Here, you can ask questions, join live Q&As, & access exclusive warm ups & trainings on our app. 

Hope to see you around!

~ Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

Ps – Do you think your singing vocals sound bad? Have you been able to enhance your singing? How did you do it? Feel free to share in the comments section below. 

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