Help! I Hate the Sound of My Singing Voice – TRY THIS! | #DrDan 🎤

Help! I Hate the Sound of My Singing Voice – TRY THIS! | #DrDan 🎤

– Do you hate the sound
of your singing voice? You’re not alone. There are so many people who
cringe whenever they hear their own voice played
back on a recording. And some people don’t even
like hearing their voice when they talk, let alone sing. If this is you, and you’d
like to become a little more comfortable with the
sound of your own voice, then keep watching because
by the end of this video you’ll have experienced your
voice in a whole new way. I know you’re gonna love it! (upbeat music) – [Woman] Sound check. Check one, check two. – G’day there, my name is Dr Dan, welcome
back to Voice Essentials, the channel where everybody sings. But for some of you, the idea
that everybody sings rings as a mistruth because for some people, the very thought of hearing
their own voice conjures up feelings of inadequacy,
embarrassment, and downright fear. But it doesn’t need to be like that. Trust me when I say, you
can learn to love, yes love, the sound of your own voice! Now, that’s a big claim. I mean Love sits at the opposite end of the spectrum to hate, right? So how do we swing your pendulum from one extreme to the other? Well, it all starts with
a little bit of knowledge and some simple vocal activities, both of which I’m gonna
give you in this video. First comes the knowledge. You may not realize it, but you uniquely hear yourself. So no one else hears
you like you hear you. When you create sound
for speech or singing, your larynx produces a
sound that then travels along the vocal tract,
out through the mouth or out through the nasal cavity. Typically, with any type
of spoken or sung phrase, it’ll be a combination of both. When your sound passes your
lips and/or your nostrils, it enters the big bad
world where it bounces off the surfaces that it encounters. When someone hears you, they
hear a sound that is both direct from your lips to their ears, as well sound that is reverberating off the surrounding surfaces. You hear that too, but
your experience is made entirely different because,
in addition to your ears hearing your sound externally,
you also hear and perceive your voice internally. Your experience is the combination
of ears, both externally and internally through the Eustachian tube as well as the reverberance
of bone conduction. But it doesn’t end there,
because not only do you hear your sound differently to everyone else, you also feel your sound. For some, speaking and singing
have a beautiful sensation of ease and freedom, while
for others, the voice feels tight, and strained and sometimes even painful unfortunately if
your voice feels undesirable, then you’re less likely to be comfortable with the aural
characteristics of your sound. In fact, one of the most
effective ways that we can learn to manage and mould our sound
into a more desirable acoustic is to hone in on this physical feedback. Richard Miller, one of the most
influential singing teachers during the later part of
the 20th century writes, “One of the ways the sounds of singing” “can be monitored by the performer”, “is through experiencing
sympathetic vibration”. “When the spectral balance is complete”, “a singer is aware of sensations” “in bony structures of the
head that are quite different” “from those of imbalanced phonation”. “Once an association with ideal
sound has been established”, “these proprioceptive sensations” “become dependable
indicators of tonal balance”. So, the key here, as described
by Miller, is to develop a balanced phonation. And that’s what we’re gonna do together with these practical exercises
I’ve got for you to try. Each one is designed to
help you explore your sound and the different acoustic values that your anatomy is capable of. To start with, let’s first examine the three primary vowel shapes E. Ah. Ooh. Each of the primary vowels, what are sometimes referred
to as corner vowels, positions the voice differently, giving three distinct acoustic values. Now, say each individual vowel
followed by your own name, but be sure to place the
production of your name into the position of the preceding vowel. So mine would sound like this. E, Daniel. Ah, Daniel. Ooh, Daniel. You should be able to hear a difference between each of them. Do it again, and this time, pay attention to how your voice feels on each one. E. E, Daniel. Ah, Daniel. Ooh, Daniel. For me, the best sensation lies somewhere between the E, and ah position. E, ah, Daniel. Daniel. Play around with it and see
which vowel position feels best. You might also like to record
yourself using a smartphone or some other recording device. Remember, the sound will be
different to what you hear inside your own head, so
withhold your judgment and do your best to
listen to the differences between each of the vowel
shapes and positions. I’ve got one more activity
that will help you to discover a new-found
love for your voice, but before we look at it
together, take a quick moment to hit the thumbs-up button
if you’re already starting to love your voice that little bit more. I think one of the most
significant concerns for people is thinking that
their voice sounds thin, whinny and nasally. I know that I struggled with
an overly nasalized voice for many of my teenage years, and it wasn’t until I was
in my 20s that I discovered the secret to removing my nasality. Actually, it’s simple enough,
if you want less nasality in your sound, you need to make sure less of your sound is travelling
through the nasal cavity. Truth be told, it’s impossible
to completely remove nasality from your sound, because
sounds like M, N and NG, ah, are all 100% nasalized, but
we can learn to position our voice differently,
which in turn should give us a reduction of those overly
bright colors in the tone for those sounds that don’t
need to be overtly nasal. Before we do the activity,
let’s just clarify one thing. Sometimes, what people think
is nasality is actually a denasalized sound. In Odyssey of the Voice,
Jean Abitbol writes, “If you have a cold you sound nasal”, “in fact, you will be sounding denasal”, “the use of the word nasal should be kept” “for the existence of
resonance, not its absence”. So, with that clarification in place, say the word, go, allowing
your lips to move forward as the word runs into the vowel. Go. Go. I want you to be aware of
the rear of your tongue rising to the soft palate
which is the soft meaty part in the back of the roof of the mouth. It raises for the Gah, and then drops away for the O. Go. Go. Now that you’re aware of
the soft palate and the role that it plays in determining
whether the voice is nasalized or not let’s do an activity
from my exercise CD, Dr Dan’s Voice Essentials. The activity is taken from
track six, which I usually use for the development of twang,
but today I just want you to use it to become
aware of the difference between the nasal resonance of the NG and the oral resonance of the vowels. Let me show you. (gentle music) ♪ Sing ♪ ♪ Ungh ♪ ♪ Ing ♪ ♪ Ing ♪ ♪ Ing ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ (vocalizing and mumbling) I’d also encourage you to break the exercise down into individual segments of an NG followed by a single vowel. And when you do so, play
around with your mouth shapes and experiment with the different sounds. (gentle music) ♪ Sing ♪ ♪ Ah ♪ ♪ Sing ♪ ♪ Eh ♪ ♪ Sing ♪ ♪ Eh ♪ Well, that’s a really forward one. ♪ Sing ♪ ♪ Eh ♪ ♪ Sing ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ Sing ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ The activities we’ve
covered today are designed to help you explore your
sound and the different ways your vocal tract can manipulate the sound. It’s one thing to say you hate your voice, but there are things you can
do to mould and move your sound more towards what you personally
feel comfortable with. And hopefully, I’ve been
able to give you some tools to start that journey. If you’re looking for
more practical exercises that will help to improve your
voice and develop your sound, then take a moment to
watch a few of the videos in this playlist, right here. I think you’d find that they
really help you to cement your new-found love for your
unique and incredible sound. I hope to see you in the next video. I’m Dr Dan, sing well.


  1. I'm pretty comfortable with my own voice, but still I find it a little odd when I hear it on a recording

  2. One could be the reason why you hate your voice because you hear your voice every time. That's too boring, learn also to relax your voice. Don't talk or sing too much.

  3. I always like my voice better on a recording. On recordings, I'm usually on a condenser mic and my sound is much more free because I don't push for volume. I get close to the mic when I'm singing very softly and I move more away when I'm singing the loudest.

  4. There are so many colors and textures to discover. You have to experiment with your body and mind to take you there. Play with the opposite sex's colors and textures too!

  5. Sir, have you heard about the 'fish lips' singing. If yes, Can you tell truth behind it and other details?

  6. Hey Dr Dan, such a good video obviously loads of people can relate to! Thanks very much for those activities, which help me focus and become more aware.😊
    It's more often people aren't 100% happy with the sound their voice makes (ie we don't love the sound of our own voice) . Alot of it for me was ( note past tense!) insecurity, self criticism, comparing with others. You've really taught me to be so much more confident, and therefore allow myself freedom to explore, and yes, appreciate what I sound like .
    Thank you😊

  7. Every time I record, I have to listen in the headphones at a very low level otherwise the playback of my voice comes out flat and not sounding like me at all. Drives me nuts because I can barely hear in the headphones. I like a louder main through my headphones but that playback kills me. Really discouraging 😐

  8. i think its the natural mentality of you should sing the song the same way the original artist did it.. and if you cant achieve that then you get frustrated… cuz thats pretty much me sometimes ..

  9. This is one of my biggest cringe moments. The difference between what I hear in my head and the sound others hear. I actually like the voice I hear in my head, but not what everyone else hears -_-

  10. My problem with recordings is that they filter the sound (thinking of thing like dictaphones) and I'd like to hear as accurate as possible what my voice sounds like, what recording instrument do you suggest to get the mos accurate recording of our voice at home? (I don't really have the space to have a home recording studio I wish but I can't push the walls ahah)

  11. This is amazing, thank you for the different perspective. A couple of days ago I found with your video that my voice type is soprano, which make it hard for me to sing my favorite artists' songs (rock, jazz), I always thought I couldn't sing, and now I feel like I will love my voice at some time and find something special about it. Thank you so much Dr Dan. One love ♥

  12. I really like this guy.
    What he says in this & the few others I've watched really gels with what my bricks n mortar coach is teaching me
    This is a massively useful thing for me as I need this online coaching to make it stick.
    Thank you Dr Dan

  13. I am taking lessons for making my voice better. But i have a problem… From birth i don't hear with my right ear, and i am afraid because of this i can't sing properly. My teacher said that i have voice(soprano) and it's a miracle that i can sing and hear music. But still, i am hating myself because of this. Can you do a video about this? Please

  14. The 'oo' you sing is very throat constricting, try singing a more italian "u" sound, ie sing an oo sound, while dropping the back of the tongue to open and release the throat more.

  15. So the thing is, I've been taking singing lessons for two months now and I do hit the notes, and my teacher gives me good feedback, but I still don't like the way voice sounds on a recording. Like it's not something that I would listen to voluntarily.

    What makes me wonder, it's known that everybody can learn how to sing, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it sounds good… Or is it just a matter of practising? Will my voice sound better while singing high notes at some point?

    Thank you for your videos Dan!

  16. these videos help but i can't keep myself from thinking if you didn't have such a thick Australian(?) accent they might help even more lol. thanks though!

  17. You are either the smartest or the most communicative voice coach. Can't tell which yet but it's helpful.❤️❤️

  18. I feel like my voice sounds closed off on recordings or like I'm sleepy. Other people think I sound great it's weird.

  19. I hate my voice, when I sing without recording, I’m like OMG I SOUND LIKE ARIANA GRANDE, seriously! When I record it though, I. Sound. So. CRINGE

  20. I like the sound of my voice when I'm harmonizing with another voice, but I don't when I'm singing solo. What's up with that?

  21. Sir, I am an untrained singer from India. I am 12 yrs bass singer. My vocal range is B1 to C5(C6 in falsetto) Is it good?Can I reach a 4 octave range?

  22. Recorded myself today singing Back to Black, I listened to it an hour later and said wtf was wrong with that person.

  23. As Mad Musician trying to make it on YouTube with music, I still cringe to the sound of my voice, but not as much when I'm recording music videos. I never needed to do any of this stuff you suggest in this video. It's something I've gotten used to, how about that?

  24. During the "ng" exercise, where i wasn't sure if that part was edited or not, the camera randomly focused on the machine in the corner.


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