While Recording, My Voice Sounds Closed. What Can I Do?

Hey Ken, I found you while looking for vocal coaches online, and I’m kind of in need of some answers to a few questions. My first question is, being 14, does my voice still need to mature? I have a really deep voice around 2 or 3 octaves. But see, I got my first studio for christmas and I was so excited because I thought I could sing well. I’ll tell you, the results were horrible. My voice sounded monotonish, and as if I had a mental disease or as if my lips were numb. I just want to know if there’s any way to make my voice sound more.. open? I guess you could say? I tried singing louder and louder but it still sounded the same. Monotonish, kind of like an “uhh” sound. I don’t know how to explain it any better than that. Music is my life, and it’s all I want. I just need some help getting there.

~Philip S. Royce (Tides Of Radiance lead singer/songwriter)

Hey Phillip,

First off, every singer I’ve ever known was absolutely disgusted/appauled the first time they heard a recording of themselves sing (myself included), so that feeling isn’t that uncommon.

If it’s space that you need (fairly common), then I’d suggest watching this video that I just created. It addresses how we can utilize space to create more sound and/or volume when we sing.

While it’s true that space creates volume, it also alters the tone some too, so check it out and see if it helps.

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You also mentioned that your voice sounded somewhat muffled or “monotonish” to use your verbage. For this, you may want to practice spitting out your consonants more (read more on this here). This is actually a tool I use to help my students create more space when they sing, but it also helps them create much more clarity in diction as well (beware though, you’ll have to find a delicate balance playing with this in the studio, as condenser mics don’t take kindly to hard P’s or T’s).

This should definitely help you off on the right foot. Best of luck to ya!

Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

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