Why Your Voice is Boring (And How You Can Fix It)
Ow! That may be a stinging rebuke; or, it could be your own opinion, which can be even more painful. What makes your voice sound boring? I think most people, when they say their voice is boring, mean that is sounds flat or unexciting. There seems to be no interesting aspect of their voice to make it stand out.
The real problem is not the person’s voice – it is that they are not exercising all the dynamics that are possible with their voice. As a singer, they are more focused on hitting the notes instead of really interacting with the song. I mean, if you’re covering a song by your favorite artist or band, you want to do it justice, right?
But then, notes, phrases and timing take over and there is no room left for the true expressive factors that you actually can exercise with your voice.
How can you fix that? I’m glad you asked!
Exploring the Range of “OW”
Think about the common word we use to express pain – OW! (You already saw that above right, when confronted with the idea that your voice is boring?)
Let’s learn two lessons for how to explore the dynamic range of your voice in order to add some excitement to your performance.
Lesson 1: How many ways can you say OW? (Pretend you are a kid – you know when they are really hurt, and when they just want attention). Explore all the ways you can change your voice and stretch out the word to make it sound different. (Hints: explore pitch, tone, and length)
Lesson 2: How many ways can you “sing” OW? Stretch it and experiment with it to add more dynamics to your vocal expressiveness. Have fun and don’t be afraid to get loud!
Maybe if you watch this video and see how I actually practice this and experiment with the word OW, you can get a better feel for how to do it yourself.
Get More Vocal Help!
How can you apply these lessons to improve your voice, going from boring to exciting or from dull to dynamic? What about other vocal needs or problems? I’d love to help! Check out my other blog posts here and subscribe to my YouTube channel for even more examples and instruction.
And, you can always participate in one of my training courses. Check out what I have to offer and see how it meets your performance needs.