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4 Ways To Find Your Musical Voice


For musicians, those who succeed and become the most recognized around the world, are those who have a definable style and approach; in other words, they have found their own voice.

Finding your voice is what will make you sound unique from everyone else – this doesn’t mean you have peaked in terms of potential or that there is no more room for growth, but rather it simply means you have found a track that you are most comfortable on. Finding your voice is the first step towards success.

While every musician may find their voice in a unique way, the following are ways that many musicians have found their voice in the past that you can use to help put you on the right path towards finding your own voice:

1. Follow your passion and influence

Quite often, musicians will attempt to avoid their most obvious influence in hopes of sounding unique. All this will do is frustrate you and delay your progress. As a musician, you need to be true to yourself and feel comfortable to follow your influences, as it is these same passions that will help you to come into your own and shape your voice.

2. Don’t be afraid to fail

You can be sure that 9 out of 10 musicians who have succeeded, achieved what they did because they tried, failed, reworked, tried again, failed again, so on and so forth.

Failing is not a negative thing. In fact, failing is one of the most important elements of success. By trying something, and failing at it, you are able to see what doesn’t work and why. Fail enough times and you’ll find what does work. It is through this process that you will find your voice.

3. Just do it

No, wearing Nike likely won’t help you to find your voice as a musician, but one of the most simple ways to find your voice is to play as often as possible. The more you make your music a part of your every day life, the more you’ll start to find styles and techniques that feel the most comfortable.

4. Have confidence in yourself

So what does it feel like to have found your voice? Well, no matter how you get there, once you have found your voice, you will realize that all it feels like is a higher level of confidence in your work than you felt before. Finding your voice means knowing that what you are working on, and the way you are writing or performing is the right fit for you.

So now that you know that finding your voice means having confidence, trying to feel confident in your work from the get-go and see how it helps you to feel out what works best for you. What is the worst that could happen: you try and fail? Go back and reach #2. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Have you found your musical voice? If so, how?

While these ideas have worked many times, the actual process of finding the musical voice is unique for every musician. If you have found your voice as a musician, let us know how you did so in the form of a comment below.

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  1. This is so perfect ‘cuz now I’m doing that. i’m writing and of course singing everyday, but I’ve never performed or anything like it. This is exactly what i’ve been doing and I’m feeling great About it… NELSON SCOLA from Venezuela and I can’t wait to hit the stage anytime soon… Growing Up…

    1. You grow up Nelson! I’m afraid of the stage…of any size, but I love the shower singin’…release my morning stress before I hit the concrete jungle to go to work in Hollywood. Need a straight brain and heart before you take that journey every day:) How is life in Venezuela?

  2. I literally found my voice after I had surgery and was not allowed to sing or record. But I did anyways… just very quietly, very close to the mic.

    That day I stopped trying to sing powerfully and embraced a quiet gentle voice which has lead me to where I am now and the sound that I have.

    It changed everything 🙂

    1. Hey Helen! Great to hear from you. Funny… as a bass player myself, I found my voice after breaking my arm and was forced to play in an odd way. It shaped my style and technique that I still use to this day!

  3. Mel Brookes once said in an interview with Andrew Denton (Australian show called “Enough Rope) that he never worried if other people found his work funny.  He reckoned that if it made him laugh, then it would make SOMEONE else laugh.  Ricky Gervais recently said something similar in a Harvard Business Review podcast.  Hearing Mel Brookes’ answer to Andrew Denton was like a light-bulb going on for me.  Prior to that time I had always wondered if “such and such” would like or approve of the song/arrangement I was writing.  I suddenly realized I had to write first and foremost WHAT I LIKED, not what I thought others might like.

    1. Mel Brooks happens to be an idol of mine 😉 

      So glad that Brooks and Gervais, two geniuses of comedy have helped to illustrate the ideas above. 

  4. I have I just sat on my bed one day and said that I am just gonna see what I sound and I recorded myself and listened to my recording and I think my voice is pretty unqiue ^_^

  5. I have been trying to find my voice as a Indie soul musician. I’ve tried everything and it always pained me that I can’t sing.
    my writing is on point coz I love it. but the voice sector.
    then I decided to sing the way I wanted someone else to sing to me and I found it.
    but don’t just find it
    inspire someone else to do the same.
    Bo’hanen out ?

  6. Apps ka kya name he

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