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April 3, 2017
I know how to breathe when singing it's just when I sing my throat hurts and I'm actually not trying to sound pretty, I'm just trying to sing my natural voice but it's impossible for me to do that without my throat hurting and the only way I can really sing or do anything close to that without it hurting is just to stay in a monotone voice and it's really irritating. I know singers are always saying singing is just talking in your regular voice but it does not feel like singing for me. When they say that, it feels hypocritical because their regular voice is different from their singing voice. Take Bryson Tiller for example if you heard him or Chris Brown, they both have deeper voices but when they sing it sounds pretty and I don't know how to get a sound like that without my throat hurting especially when everyone says to sing in your natural voice (which is what I'm trying to do). How do they have no throat soreness from trying to sing pretty because I know Chris Brown never had vocal lessons. I'm just stuck right now and it bothers me because this is my passion and I know I have the potential. I've been wanting to sing ever since I was a young boy but I didn't do it because everyone always thought it was gay so I just kept my mouth shut and watch my dreams be taken from me but now I sparked the fire again and I need some helpful answers here. Please don't hold back on them. idc if it makes you sound like a dick because I need some truth.
May 24, 2017
It sounds monotone because you sing every note the same, and you don't really phrase the lines, it's flat in dynamics and everything. You tend to hold the notes quite long which is fine, but nothing really happens during those long notes, there is no sense of direction and your voice is generally pretty unsupported, breath-wise.
Rhythm change is need (as one can't sing in monotonous tone)
August 18, 2017
The fact that your throat hurts when you sing is a sign that something is wrong.
You should always trust the physical sensations of pain in your body as a sign that something needs to change.
There's a possibility that by continuing to sing in a painful way, you will do damage to your voice.
As for singing in your own voice:
For a while there, there were a few techniques (like Speech Level Singing) in which voice teachers spouted the belief that talking and singing are the same.
That's not totally true.
While speaking and singing use the same instrument (the larynx) in order to produce sound, there are a couple of big differences between speaking and singing.
SInging requires sustains
Singing places a focus on vowels
Singing requires that the instrument be balanced in order to hit high notes without straining
The best way to evaluate whether you have any unhealthy singing habits is to take voice lessons with someone who really knows what they're doing.
Then by working towards a balanced voice, you can begin to develop your own unique and beautiful voice.
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