If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard somebody say that they don’t like the way their voice sounds, I’d be a multi-millionaire. Well, maybe not quite but I’d be pretty rich!
It’s such a funny thing. How many times have you heard your singing, or speaking voice, back on a recording and have absolutely hated the way it sounds? As well as this, as vocal technique improves, quite often (more so for female singers) singers dislike the way their voice sounds inside their head at the higher end of their range.
Why is this? I think we should explore.
Firstly, sound creation is all about resonance and vibration. The sound waves are literally bouncing around inside us. This creates a physical sensation. We may not always be aware of it, because it’s happened our whole lives but, it’s there. When you listen to your voice back, for the first time, you’re hearing your voice without feeling anything. That’s going to be a little strange! This can often mean that we think our voices sound really nasal or just quite harsh and more often that not can think we sound higher in pitch.
When it comes to singing, the more technically correct we sing, of course, we’re going to sound a little more squeaky in our heads. If the resonance is moving from chest voice to mix or in to head voice, the sound is literally bouncing around closer to our ears. This can sound harsh and loud. As well as this, the rate of vibration will be quicker, the higher we go.
The bottom line is that inside your head, you may not like the sound of your voice but outside things sound totally different. Have you ever actually wondered what Beyoncé might hear inside of her head when she sings?