How To Make Your Voice Sound Less “Muffled”

You’ll want to sound your best on the day of your performance. A muffled noise could make or break your performance.

To make your voice sound less muffled, make sure that you are singing in an open area. Open your throat and relax your neck muscles. You’ll need to clearly articulate and open your mouth to make sure that your lips don’t get in the way.

Understanding what causes a muffled sound is important in addressing the issue. Thankfully, you can fix that irritating noise with a little practice.

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What Is A Muffled Voice?

A muffled voice may also come off as ‘cloudy’ or ‘stuck.’ This can result from several issues, such as not annunciating your vowels. When you don’t clearly annunciate your vowels, transitions from note to note can come off as distorted. Be sure to keep your lips engaged, but don’t allow them to get in the way. Don’t let the vowel fall into the back of your mouth. Let it come off of your lips.

A cloudy voice can also come from a closed mouth. Be sure to relax your mouth and keep it open to help you deliver clear notes. If it is not completely gaped, then your lips and inside of your mouth can dampen the noise as it exits your throat.

If your technique is perfect and your instrumental still feels stuck, make sure you are singing in an open area. Singing in your closet will cause your voice to sound cloudy. Finding an open space without an echo help; those low frequencies travel without tripping over one another.

Cloudiness can be heard in recordings if you are too close to the microphone or singing too loudly. Thankfully, if this irritating clatter is found only in recordings and while you’re live singing, then you’ll be able to edit the unwanted clutter out of your recording easily.

In summary, low-frequency distortion causes unwanted noise. You’ll want to do as much as possible to allow those low frequencies to travel without any restraint.

Practice & Prevention

Simple mouth exercises can help prevent you from hearing that restrained sound. Start by annunciating your vowels (A, E, I, O, and U) clearly. Try to annunciate from the tips of your lips rather than letting the vowels fall into the back of your throat.

You’ll also want to practice opening your throat. To do this, relax your esophagus and bring your jaw down and backward. Start by yawning and remember the sensation in the back of your throat. Next, mimic a yawn but don’t allow any air in or not. Just focus on the sensation. Try incorporating this sensation into your singing to avoid a raspy note. If you’re experiencing this issue in a recording, it helps to get familiar with audio editing software. If you can afford it, you’ll want to upgrade your recording equipment and upgrade to a more premium audio editing software. With a little practice, you’ll be able to edit out whatever doesn’t feel good to you.

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