Are You Aware of Different Singing Styles?

You all must have been singing since you discovered your voice. Of course, many things have changed since then. Varied cultures across the globe came up with their own scales and modes, plus different type of singing styles emerged.

Music genres are diverse and varied as the cultures themselves. Different genres present unique challenges for singers. Here is a list of the most common singing styles and how to sing them.


Music is food and pop is candy. It’s fun but not funny. Romantic yet not emotional. With dance and rhythm at its heart, this style has dominated the music industry.


Learn how to control your vibrato without getting stressed. Experiment with varied vocal sounds like short popping sounds. Focus on your stage movements and gestures and dance a little to set the mood right.


Rock is the grandchild of the blues. Rock and roll is heavier and more dance-ably rhythm. It grew up t o become harsh, rougher and edgier.


Experiment with different vocal flairs like a growling sound at the end but make sure you don’t overdo it. Practice singing a huge range of dynamics from whispers to high notes.

Opera/ Classical

This style is always considered as the most formal and restrictive of all genres of singing as it requires the greatest amount of freedom. It is sung with uncontrolled vibrato and emotional release. Lack of intimacy with the audience makes it the least conversational of all genres. It gives the audience the impression of admiring astonishing paintings from afar.


Don’t imitate an opera singer simply sing with an open and free voice. Practice, practice, and practice. Don’t force or try to create it. Get connected with a tutor to become a perfectionist.


Songs with clear speech level and distinct consonants come under jazz genre while blues singing has rough and rootsy edges with a unique accent.


Experiment with different vocal sounds like scatting and pitch slides. Study up chromatic scales.

Hip Hop

The rhythmic rhyming singing accompanied with rapping and beat boxing is termed as hip hop style of singing. The genre has grown steadily and gained popularity over the years. The apparent origins are funk, disco, reggae, and blues.

Tips: Carefully listen to funk, disco, reggae, soul, gospel and old-school hip hop songs. Don’t become a rapper, simply switch between singing and speaking to maintain the versatility. Never be afraid of experimenting or wordplay. Make your own unique signature singing styles.

Despite the different music genres, one thing connects them all that is love that the audience has. Practice makes a man perfect. Listen carefully and keep your ears open because that’s what makes a real artist.