It’s a very humbling experience to hear yourself sing for the first time. When we sing or talk, we’re hearing something completely different than what other people hear. Even when hearing your speaking voice for the first time, chances are, you’re going to be thinking, “who is that sounding like that?” You will likely be shocked, and that shock can be easily confused as dislike. When you hear yourself sing, you’ll be thrown off by the newness of it, but don’t let that turn too much into “I hate my voice!” or "I thought I could sing!"
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Since you’re hearing yourself in a whole new way, take this time to use that to your advantage. Hone in on the hidden strengths and weaknesses of your voice and make changes where you see fit. Are you hearing something you definitely don’t like? Practice getting rid of it. Hearing something you never knew you had and you could turn into something better? Work on that and make it another one of the things you can show off!
You’ll soon adjust to hearing your singing voice once you just keep singing and keep recording yourself over and over. Between your tweaks and generally getting used to your tone, you will slowly start to gain confidence in the sound coming out. When I first started singing, other singers thought I had a naturally nice voice, so I recorded myself to verify and I totally disagreed. Most of that was just because of the fact that I wasn’t used to hearing it. A small section of that change was simply me slowly learning, growing, and getting better.
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If you’re just now hearing your singing voice, you’re likely a beginner. Beginners aren’t that great at hitting the right notes at first, so what you may be hearing is actually just bad vocal control and not actually bad tone. If you find yourself questioning if you’re on key when you’re hearing yourself, that means there is a lot of room for improvement in your singing! Many non-singers have a good singing tone just like trained singers do. But, it’s not enough to just have a good tone, you have to put in the work to become a good singer.
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The quality of recording can greatly alter how you enjoy your vocal playback. If I’m recording something quickly with my voice recording app or built-in computer mic, I’m expecting it to sound like a rough take. The roughness of background noise and other distortions in audio can take away from a vocal performance and make it sound way worse than it actually is. Don’t try to compare your singing to the audio quality you’d hear on the radio; you’ll set your ears and heart up for failure every time.
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