Find Your Voice

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A common hurdle that many artists face during the beginning of their musical journey is discovering their own sound. In this article I will lay out some tips that will help you find your voice and hopefully alleviate a little bit of stress in your life.

Limitations

In order to find your voice it helps to first understand what your vocals are in the first place. Basically your voice is an instrument just like a saxophone, clarinet or a flute. And just like all other instruments your vocals have limitations which we refer to as vocal range.

Time For A Check Up

In all actuality you don’t have to find your voice as if it were lost but rather take inventory of where it currently is. Everyone’s vocals has a “sweet spot” and in order to find yours all it takes is a little experimentation. A simple way of doing this is to just pretend you are at the doctor sitting on the table covered in cheap paper. And the doctor pulls out one of those gigantic Popsicle sticks to check your throat and asks you to say “ahh”.

Say Ahh!doctor-checking_tonsils

So in order to find your sweet spot just say “ahh” for a couple of seconds. This pitch is most likely your natural pitch that you speak with during a daily basis. Now try saying “ahh” and start gradually going up in pitch until your vocals start feeling comfortable. Take note of where your vocals started filling to stressed and forced.

Now do this same exercise but instead of saying “ahh” and going up in pitch, gradually start going down in pitch until you start noticing discomfort in your vocals. And once again make note of where you started felling your vocals start to fall apart.

Work It Out

What you have just done is determined your vocal range. This is the area where your vocals are most comfortable at the moment. Keep in mind that your vocal chords are a muscle and just like any muscle you can start making it stronger by working it out which will intern expand your vocal range even further.

Adding Dynamics

Now that you know your sweet spot you have a better understanding of what notes that you can hit. Start practicing gliding up and down through your vocals comfort zone that your previously established. You can do this by humming, scatting or while rapping your lyrics. And start trying to incorporate pitch changes while rapping to give your vocals more emotions and tonal dynamics.

Referencing

Another helpful exercise is to find a rapper that you like who’s vocal range is similar to yours and practice rapping their lyrics while matching their pitch and emotion. This will help give you ideas on different ways you can use your vocal range in unique ways on your own tracks by taking advantage of the power of referencing.

I hope that you found this article helpful as you try to find your voice. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you so make sure you drop your 2 cents in the comments section below!

Comments

  1. Taylor King says

    Appreciate the tips. I am sorry for your loss I am praying for you and the families involved. God bless!

  2. Thomas McCarthy says

    Hey, I actually didn`t think of dynamics like that before. Thanks for this article and the tips. Sorry for your loss, I do hope you feel better soon.

    • says

      Hey Rickey, thanks so much for your condolences and I sincerely appreciate all the love and support! Glad you are enjoying my content! Wishing you and yours the best as well! Much love and respect!

  3. Ree says

    All is well…

    Thanks a lot and I will love to know, does this include delivery? How does one improve delivery?

    Ree!

    • says

      My pleasure Ree. The techniques taught in this article will effect delivery as it’s finding your voice. But improving your delivery has a lot to do with your emotion, attitude, feeling, vibe etc.. Thank of rhythm, cadence/ flow and lyrics as the product and the last thing to do is deliver your finished product with feeling, vibe and emotion. I will touch on this much more in the near future. Thanks!

  4. Seth Ellison says

    Great article! I have been writing poetry and short stories for a few years now after a lot of encouragement from a good friend. He passed away last year and it was so hard. A few months back I decided I wanted to try rapping and putting my words to beats but struggled til I stumbled upon your videos. I look forward to finding my vocal range and improving my skills one step at a time. I wish you the best as you grieve your loss. Thank you for all you do. It is truly appreciated.

    Seth

    • says

      Hey Seth, thanks so much for your condolences and mine go out to you for your loss as well. I’m glad to hear that you found my channel and have been finding my content helpful. That’s what it’s all about! And thanks for taking the time to drop me a comment and shoot some feedback and encouragement this way. Keep up the hard work and if you ever have any questions about anything let me know. Take care!

  5. Caleb says

    Hey Cole, This article shed some insight on finding my vocal range..the ahh method! Also sorry for your loss, :( I lost someone close to me in January of this year.

    People who haven’t checked out his “Be A Better Rapper Now” Youtube Channel check it out!! you won’t be disappointed… He not only explains in detail, but also gives “live on the spot” examples.

    ~Caleb

    • says

      Hey Caleb, I’m really glad to hear that you found this article helpful and you had an epiphany while reading. I work hard in hopes that you guys will have those “ahhh haaa” moments :) And thanks for your condolences and i’m sorry to hear about your loss and my condolences to you as well. And thanks for the plug for my videos. I sincerely appreciate all the love and support! Keep up the hard work bro!

  6. XterioR says

    Hey Cole, really nice guide here, I came to this page through our conversation on YouTube and I must say it definitely helped me a lot. I have a question, how do I sound much better? Like after discovering my vocals, I feel like it is really high-pitched and I don’t really like it when I record it. Should I keep recording different type of vocals to make it sound good? Also, if high-pitched voice was my rapping voice, do you have any artists that can you can recommend to me for learning? I only know B-Real from Cypress Hill. Thank you in advance!

    • says

      Thanks XterioR, I’m really glad that you found this article to be helpful!

      Yes I would recommend doing lots of experimenting through recording and also experiment with different types of beats as well. Not all beats will fit you perfectly as I discussed in my lesson on picking the right beats to flow on

      Also try and figure out your vocals sweet pot as I discussed in this article. This can be done without any music at all. And then you can figure out your vocals key/octave range and start cherry picking beats to find ones that fit you that are in your vocal range.

      A Few artists you can check out that are someone high pitched are Cee-lo, Field Mob, Eminem raps in a high pitch quite often as he plays around with different vocal tones in his music quite a bit. As you already mentioned B-Real is another good one to study as well. I hope this helps you out :)

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