Eric Clapton Hates His Voice

Give Eric Clapton a guitar, and old slowhand has no fear. But it's another thing entirely when the rock legend has to sing.

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Give Eric Clapton a guitar, and old slowhand has no fear. But it's another thing entirely when the rock legend has to sing. "I hate my singing. I don't like the way I sing," Clapton recently told Mojo. "It all sounds like I'm 16 years old from Surbiton. I do my best to try and feel it. You know, when I watch Ray Charles sing, I think, That's it, that's how it's done.' He remembers thousands of songs and he sings them all as if they're the most important song he knows. He does it from the bottom of his heart, every time, every song. And that's, that's the inspiration. That's my influence. But I'm imbued with so much self-doubt about my singing, that it's very difficult for me to get to that freedom that those kinds of singers have." For his forthcoming album, Clapton, the blues-rocker has teamed up with Allen Toussaint, Sheryl Crow and Wynton Marsalis. For his version of Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is The Ocean" on the studio album (his first in five years), Clapton said he was inspired by frequent collaborator J.J. Cale. "That's almost like I'm not having to try to sing. I can sing very quietly and it's going to be O.K.," he said. "I learned that from J.J. See, you can have Ray Charles at one end of the spectrum, who can do all kinds of things with the voice, and go up and down in octaves and registers. And, you've got J.J. at the other, who creates exactly the same amount of emotional capacity in a very minimal way. And he's still just as riveting to listen to. So there are different ways to do it." Clapton will be released on September 28. Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com

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    Jesus_Dean
    ChildofBelial wrote: Unfortunately, I've met a lot of people who can't sing worth a shit and apparently love their voice.
    this THIS THIS!! Some people you can't get to shut up even though they suck.
    Jesus_Dean
    "I hate my singing. I don't like the way I sing,"
    That makes 2 of us. LOL. No, really, hearing your own voice can be depressing. I hear myself and think "Fkk! That can't be me. Whoever that is sucks!" Oh well, as long as no1s throwing sh1t, I guess it's OK.
    ChildofBelial
    The few people who have heard me really let loose and sing have said that I sing very well but I don't hear it. If I'm singing along to a song and it isn't loud enough I'll stop singing. I hate the way my voice sounds but I believe it's pretty common as well. Unfortunately, I've met a lot of people who can't sing worth a shit and apparently love their voice.
    IronTallicaDeth
    i hate even seeing pictures of myself, don't know why. I've been like that ever since i was a child.
    JEM9311
    If you read his autobiography this is not news at all. He talks in it about not being comfortable with his voice for the longest time. That's why he refused to sing "Presence Of The Lord" while in Blind Faith. Not news at all
    Gods_Gift
    If I could play a guitar like that, I really wouldn't care about my singing lol
    jimmysaint
    eric clapton hatesx his singing????? jeeze. surprising. seems like he should have.. i dunno... more confidence or something HAHA
    98Timberwolf
    I hate hearing my voice played back from a recording. I think it's probably somewhat common.
    Jack Darkley
    Mr. Clapton, you're not know as a singer. You play guitar, and you play it rather well. Just worry about that and nobody will care.