You may sound like a rock star in the shower or in the car, but how do you know if you really can sing? If you want to rate the sound of your singing, you’ll need some adventure to find out. Fortunately, it is possible to discover if you have a «golden throat» or not by learning to listen to yourself properly and through constructive criticism from others.
Record your voice while you sing.
The sinus cavities make your voice sound completely different in your head than it sounds to other people. This means that, if you want your voice to be heard as others hear it, you will need to record it. Then listen to it again. This is the easiest, most private and fastest way to find out if you can sing normally or not.
You don’t need fancy microphones or high recording technology to find out if you have a golden singing throat. Most computers and smartphones have built-in microphones and recording software. As another solution, you can use older technologies, such as: the voice recorder in the traditional cast.
If you shy away from singing in front of others, recording your voice is a great way to overcome public performance anxiety. No one will be able to listen to your recordings but you. You can sing from your heart without fearing the opinions of others.
Choose an auxiliary music file.
No matter what auditions on American Idol and other talent shows might convince you, a cappella (singing solo without accompanying instruments) isn’t the best way to know if you have a good singing voice. It’s important to help yourself with a guiding melody, such as karaoke tracks (individual instrumental recordings of popular song melodies used in live singing), so you know if you’re able to match the pitch and stay within the melody as you sing. Karaoke tracks are easily available online, particularly on YouTube.
You can find simple and free digital instrumental recordings of pop songs and oldies that you might love to sing. It may not look like modern songs, but it will give you a tune to work with. Also check out the music files programmed into Casio keyboards, or instrumental versions of albums you own.
Sing in secret.
Once you’ve chosen a song and recording, find a quiet, nice place to try your singing. This way, you don’t have to worry about whether or not someone will hear you and rate your voice. Prepare the indicative melody of the song and press record.
If you have a ground floor or garage. Sneak out and settle in. Or wait until you get some time on your own. You can also sit in the car and record your voice there.
Remember, you are not trying to record a song for the radio. You are just trying to rate the quality of your singing voice. Don’t worry about finding the best way to record or about the quality of the recording itself.
Good singing isn’t about making acrobatics with your voice like Mariah Carey does. If you are unable to do so don’t worry. It’s so much better to be able to simply sing along and put the song into melody. Totally forget about tweeting with the vibrations of your voice and flying all over the place. Just sing the song as it is in its simplest form.
Listen to the audio recording.
This is the moment of truth for you! After you’re done recording, take a deep breath and hit play. Hear how you’ve been switching between the notes and pitch in the song, and whether or not you’re able to follow the melody and perform what the song needs.
Listen to the recorded file in several different ways. Check it through the speakers of a cheap computer, listen to it through your car speakers, then check it on your headphones. Some things just don’t sound good on cheap, thin speakers. But the sound is better heard through high-quality headphones. Listen closely, and listen several times.
Use a song from your vocal class if you are not satisfied with the final result of the recording.
Not all sounds are the same, and we can’t all sing from the same pitch. So choral ensembles are formed from different types of voice, and songs are written for different pitches. If your audio recording doesn’t sound great to your hearing, it might be because you chose a song that you like, but isn’t suitable for your pitch.
Quick tip: Download a Harmony Assessment app and determine the correct pitch, which analyzes your voice. Sing in your normal vocal pitch. When you sing by yourself, which song makes you feel the most comfortable? sing it. And check in which layer the application places you.
Next, try to sing your lowest note and highest note and write them down on a piece of paper. Then you know the number of notes between them. This will help you get an idea of your pitch. Choose a song that fits this layer.
Test your ability to distinguish musical notes.
«Design the Ringtones» is a real thing. Some people are unable to hear the musical note and at the same time synthesize their voice to it, which of course is a necessary skill for proper singing. In addition to recording your voice and listening to the recording, take a test that creates musical tones quickly, and for free, online.