Your unique sound

Most musicians start out as music fans. Ask a musician how they got started and you’ll hear stories about seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan or going to a boy band concert and becoming a huge fan.

And often we try to emulate our rock heroes, their moves, their look, their sound and especially their voice. Get over it.

The best thing you can do is move beyond imitating somebody else’s sound, whether it’s a vocal quality or the sound of a favorite band.

Let’s say your favorite band is Coldplay. If somebody wants to hear the Coldplay sound, they listen to Coldplay. Unless you are a tribute band, stay away from trying to sound just like Coldplay. Sure, you might have a similar sound, but the important thing is to let as much of your (or your band’s) own unique personality come through.

What can you bring to the table that’s your own unique sound? It could be anything from an interesting perspective in your lyrics to an unusual combination of instruments to a quirky voice to a blending of musical styles. Find your unique sound and play it up, constantly and consistently, both in your performances and your promotion.

It’s actually a good thing that your singing voice doesn’t sound exactly like your idols. Your voice and your overall sound reflects your unique personality, vocal chords, training and background and sets you apart from all the rest.

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5 Responses to “Your unique sound”

  1. songwriterstipjar Says:

    To be brief, I can summarize this in 2 words: be yourself.

  2. Robert Says:

    This is good advice. Of course bands always cover other people’s tunes, but I think this should lead to finding your own sound, not perpetually copying someone elses.

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