Singers on Singing: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

In this short clip ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic reveals that, earlier in his life, “I didn’t particularly like the sound of my own voice.” –says Lisa Popeil.

Not liking one’s voice is pretty common for singers.

When I interviewed ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, he was quick to admit that, early in his career, he struggled to accept his voice.

Today I want to talk about this phenomenon and how we can deal with it.

One reason we are often our own worst critic is that we may not sound (to our ears) like the best singers on the radio.

Therefore we conclude that we fall short.

When it comes to assessing our own voice we need to remember (1) we can’t really hear ourselves as others hear us, (2) being an awesome technical singer is NOT the most important goal in commercial music and (3) singers can ALWAYS work on improving.

An idea I share with my students to help overcome feeling negative about one’s own voice is to record regularly.

Hearing one’s voice (with some effects added, of course) booming through the room with music underneath can impress even the most self-critical among us!

-Lisa Popeil

The next clip from Lisa’s interview of ‘Weird Al’ will be released in two weeks exclusively on VoiceCouncil Magazine – we’ll learn about Al’s vocal influences. You may be surprised!

Lisa Popeil has given VoiceCouncil exclusive rights to release these excerpts from her full-length interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic as previews of her video interview series “Singers on Singing: A Legacy Project”.

Lisa Popeil, MFA in Voice, is a top LA voice coach, voice scientist and researcher, contributor to the ‘Oxford Handbook of Singing’, is a voting member of NARAS (Grammys®), creator of the Voiceworks® Method, the ‘Total Singer’ DVD and and has taught voice professionally for over 35 years. www.popeil.com