Find Your True Voice: A Guide to Discovering Your Unique Vocal Instrument
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Today, I want to share my experience of discovering my authentic voice and offer some guidance to help you find yours too. I’ve sung in various genres throughout my career, but it took a journey of self-discovery to realise where my heart truly belonged. So, let’s dive into the three main aspects of finding your voice: Nature and Nurture, Removing Labels, and Exploring Your Passion.
Nature and Nurture
Your voice is a unique instrument, shaped by both nature and nurture. Nature determines your physical traits, such as the size of your larynx and the length of your vocal tract. Your DNA predetermines these traits and can’t be altered. However, they don’t necessarily dictate what type of voice you have or the music you should sing.
Nurture, on the other hand, influences your voice through your upbringing, experiences, and training. For instance, my classical voice instruction as a teenager and young adult helped shape my singing style. However, it’s important to remember that your physical traits and training don’t confine you to a specific genre. Embrace your unique voice and explore the music that truly speaks to you.
Throughout my journey, I’ve learned the importance of removing labels others may place on your voice. For example, while at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, I was identified as having a voice suited for Baroque oratorios and cantatas. Despite my vocal anatomy suggesting one thing, my musical heart said another.
Musical genres come and go, so avoid falling into the trap of thinking you have a genre-specific voice. While your voice classification might lend itself to a particular genre, it doesn’t mean you’re restricted to only singing that type of music. Be what you want to be and sing what you want to sing.
Exploring Your Passion
The journey of self-discovery may take time, but finding the music that resonates with your heart is crucial. Start by asking yourself what kind of music you love to listen to and what brings you the most joy to sing. Remember that your voice is pliable, and with dedication, you can learn to sing in almost any genre you apply yourself to.
If you want to sing professionally, broadening your vocal skills and catering to various genres is essential. However, if you’re an avocational singer looking to identify your authentic voice, focus on the music that speaks to your soul.
In conclusion, discovering your authentic voice is a self-exploration journey involving understanding the influence of nature and nurture, removing labels, and exploring your passion. Embrace your unique instrument and let your heart guide you to the music that brings you the most joy. Trust the process; with time, you’ll find a voice that feels like home.
Until next time, I’m Dr Dan, wishing you all the best on your singing journey. Sing well!
For more about finding your true voice, check out this video…
Disclaimer: This blog post was generated by ChatGPT-4, an AI language model, based on Dr Dan’s video script (original work). For a comprehensive understanding of the topic, we suggest watching the original video above.
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