How to Sing Good if You Have a Bad Voice – Yes! It’s Possible

Are you kidding me? Uh uh, how could that even be possible? Well, that sort of reaction can’t be denied. Surely, a good voice is a talent that many can only wish for, isn’t it? It’s not like everyone won the gene lottery and possess golden voices like those who can sing an aria, much less like those who captivated the world like Whitney Houston, Freddy Mercury, and Janis Joplin.

OK, you really want to know how to sing good if you have a bad voice? We’ll get there.

It’s not the end of the road, folks. Each person has a voice that can produce a melodic sound that is pleasant to listen to. All it takes is to pick the right songs within your abilities to start with. It can make you feel worthy and confident to progress to the next level once you’ve conquered a hurdle that you thought you’re not able to go through. I tell you, you yourself will be amazed and eventually other people will have something good to say as well.

Here, we’ll talk about it.

Find Your True Voice, Listen to It Purposefully

The truth is that you are not alone. When you sing, you do not really hear your own true voice because the sounds do not go directly to your ear canals. What happens is they travel to the side of your face. To find your true sound, I’ll have you take two folders to cover your ears. Start singing or humming, and you will hear what you really sound like. I can guarantee that you will hear yourself differently this time around.

Now that you hear clearly how you sound like, you can make the necessary adjustment to make it better if not already.

Using this technique, try to sing some simple songs with minimal melodic ranges, and then record yourself while adjusting your tone to a sound quality that you are satisfied with. Do this several times until it becomes natural and pleasing to you. I’m sure there’s some level of quality that is standard to each one of us. I have mentioned about the iZotope Spire Studio in my last post.  This device is a portable professional quality recording, close to being in a studio.  I recommend using this when you practice because of its high-quality sound.  I use it myself and I’m very happy to have one like it.

Find Your Pitch, Be at Your Best Within Your Range First

Just because the song was sung on a high pitch doesn’t mean you should do the same. If you do, you end up screaming and damaging your vocal cords. If you have a deep voice, it does not make sense that you sing in the same range as Alicia Keys.

Well, you can, but you need to sing it on a lower key. And you can only do this if you have an audio device that will allow you to do so, like the Roland CD-2U that has the ability to transpose to different keys without changing the speed of the song.

A good example of this is Puddle’s Pity Party, a clown who performed in America’s Got Talent. He is a tall guy who sang Sia Furler’s Chandelier. Watch it on YouTube, and you will get an idea of how to match your voice to low-range pitches.  The song Chandelier is a pretty high range piece, but he lowered it down to his level.

I really do recommend that you be the best sounding you at your range first before going beyond it, high or low ranges.

Find the Right Songs, Be Comfortable with Them

No, you cannot sing a Janis Joplin song if you do not have that voice, let alone scream like Kurt Cobain and still sound good. It has to do something with your voice quality and your skills.

The right song choice has something to do with how your voice will sound unless you have the prowess and experience to adjust to different genre or style of music instinctively. In addition, it requires extra time to get used to certain songs that you don’t already have the affinity with. Why not pick the ones that you are most comfortable and proficient and be the best at it?

I was trained in classical voice and as much as I can I stay close to what I am comfortable with. Once in a while, I venture in other areas because it became easy for me to switch due to lots of training and experiences I had in the past.

Also, it reflects your personality and brings out the natural passion within you. That makes you sound like a pro according to the song you choose, or you look like a wannabe otherwise.

This is also the reason why many judges and coaches in contests like America’s Got Talent and American Idol tell the finalists to choose the right song to sing.

That is not to say that you will never sing other songs beyond your comfort level. I recommend growing from where you’re at and be the best there first. Of course, learn to sing on pitch.

Find Your Strengths, Use Them to Your Advantage

Easier said than done, this refers to a myriad of things. You need to internalize and find your character. This is a key to find the right songs that will make you comfortable. If you can rap, then do rap. The more comfortable you are, the more you will find it effortless to sing.

If you like upbeat songs, then sing them, provided that you perform at the range of your voice. All kinds of singers and songs were made according to the strengths of the singer. What you must first do is to find your vocal strengths.

There is no need to find a vocal coach if it’s not within your means to have one at the moment. Instead, get that microphone now and start singing, recording, listening. Then do it again and again…and again. Remember, practice makes permanence. Once you identify your strength, use it to your advantage.

Start Singing Now, It’s Never Too Late.

A golden voice is a talent, but that does not mean that you cannot sing if you do not possess it. Yes! It’s possible. Although a lot of people are tone-deaf, especially to the sound of wedding bells, singing is an activity that you can take to an acceptable degree if you only have the patience to practice, practice, practice. You can’t even be at the same level like Miss Catriona Gray, who I’ve talked about recently, in a snap.

Do you think anyone can sing even with a bad sounding voice? I’d like to know what you think, please leave your comment down below.


  1. I really like this post. It gave a lot of insightful, helpful tips and some I can relate to. I like to sing, and I feel like I got a lot of advice on how I can further improve, so thank you for that.
    Overall, a really good post.

    1. I’m glad this post has some value you can take with you. Yes, go try some of my suggestions with dedication and see where it brings you. Let me know how I can further help out with your love for singing.

      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Hi Richard,
    This was so entertaining to read! I always thought I just “wasn’t a good singer.” If only I had read this article back when I was living in Japan, going to karaoke on the weekends. All of your points make a lot of sense. There are definitely some songs that just work better with my voice.

    I don’t have any plans of singing in public anytime soon, but my sister has starting producing her own music for fun, and she does her own singing. I’ll pass this article along to her!

    1. Kirsten,
      I truly believe that it’s the desire of something that helps one achieve it, including singing. I’d say 80% is already accomplished with guts and dedication (if we practice). But of course, we all have different interests and priorities. We can definitely have fun singing at home as a hobby, but equally fulfilling as seasoned singers out there.

  3. I don’t have a great voice but as you said, it varies depending on the tone of the song it definitely gets better but im gonna keep on singing where i have a good voice or not, thanks for sharing have a good night and a happy new year!!

  4. I enjoyed this post the most because I’ve always had a problem motivating teenagers who want to join the choir but believe they can’t sing. True it’s natural to some people but to other’s, practice makes perfect. It’s quite difficult when a young singer aspires to sing like Aretha Franklin without knowing how much work she put in to her music. I’ll use some of your tips and hopefully I’ll be back with good feedbacks.

    Thanks for writing

    1. Hi Louis,

      In one of my other posts, click here, I pointed out that anyone can learn to sing, and well.  That person just needs to have a burning desire to go through a process to get there.  “I can’t sing”, is not the truth.  It’s, “do you want it or not” surely is more like it.  Even the best of the best practice the most, that’s why they are what they are.  They wanted it so bad to endure the daily grind of repeatedly going through songs over and over again, and they got rewarded back abundantly more.

      I hope this thought gives inspiration to the teenagers in your choir.  Thank you again for your input.  If you have other questions, I’d be more than happy to help out.

  5. I actually think anyone can sing. Even the one with a very deep voice can still sing within his ability. And when you sing within your ability, you will produce a voice of the best you. You don’t just need to copy other people voice coz you may end up loosing your self on the long run and getting frustrated at last. Jim Reeves gospel singer has a kind of deep voice but he was the best version of himself till he died.

    1. I’m with you, Kenechi.  That’s exactly the way to go. Be the best version of yourself within your comfort level.  You always have to option to challenge yourself at a higher level when the time is ripe.

      Hey, thank you for your input.  You’re always welcome back here. 

  6. After all, hope is not lost if one carrys a wonderful gift but lacks the confidence to make it happen due to few hindrance he believe will disturb his dream. This is actually one of the best and fantastic article to get you going. I remember how I was discouraged from working towards my dream to become a professional footballer due to my tiny body, still remain my greatest regrets because I didn’t fight enough for it. I could learn and remold my game to suit my stature, after all there are lots of skinny footballers out there playing against all odds.So it’s quite possible to sing and make good music with bad voice

    1. Hi Kehinde.

      Great analogy. Singing and football both require fighting to achieve a level of excellence to make it to the top. Football, or any other sports, just like in singing needs a lot of time and attention to get there.  Football would be time on the field developing the skills required. In singing, the time you put into practicing songs, over and over until you gain the results you want. I recommend a website called to get backing tracks for practice and an actual performance as well.

      Thank you for stopping by.  If you know someone or a friend that can benefit from this website, feel free to share.  I’ll be more than happy to help out.

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