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Free Singing Tips! Singing Through Fear To Find Joy!

 

Singing Through Fear To Find Joy!

I'm posting more these days not so much to stroke my own ego but to force myself out of a long standing habit of being a perfectionist who doesn't share work. It feels paralyzing and makes it hard to live in the moment...

 

Hearing Music On A Deeper Level - For Singers

 

To be a true artist and singer you need to be able to hear music, not just know the names and analyze it by note. This goes for learning music and practicing your singing.

We should be to splitting up our practice time in a way that develops and exercises both the left and the right sides of the brain. With this approach when we're practicing we'll be spending time learning new concepts that need to be processed by the left analytical side (as in learning music theory) and also spending time exercising your ear which is the right side of brain. Hearing the music on a deep level allows expression from inside ourselves and our emotions...

 

Record Your Singing For Faster Growth!

 

Why you should record yourself singing for faster growth.

Every time I record myself singing I'm amazed that what I think my voice sounds like is not really accurate. We can't hear the totality the sound when listening to our own voices unless we listen to a recording of our voices amplified through a sound system. What we hear is the external sound mixed with the sound resulting from sympathetic vibrations in our skull (kicked off from the vocal cords.)

One of the cool things about recording is that you get immediate feedback and can hear the complete sound of the voice. It's the external complete sound that our audience hears so shouldn't we know what it sounds like? If you aren't recording your singing on a regular basis I can guarantee that your progress will be much slower. By recording our voices we can listen back, make a more accurate judgement to identify what's lacking vocally from both a technical and artistic standpoint.


How we sing when practicing technical voice building exercises is usually different than when we're singing songs artistically. The nuances of how we tell the story and color the voice with our emotions need to be the main focus when "really singing." Recording allows us to hear how our voice behaves technically when singing from a creative, expressive, artistic place and let that point us to what technical work we need to do to improve. This is such a powerful way to take your singing to the next level! I truly believe that most singers will make more progress from recording and listening back to our singing in one day than spending months practicing. I'm completely blown away by this every time I do it myself! Here's an example...

Natural Versus Trained Singers. "Ignorance Is Bliss?"

 

Natural Versus Trained Singers. My observations...

I've had the great opportunity to teach many singers from all backgrounds and skill levels and I want to share some observations I've made regarding some of the differences between natural versus trained vocalists. Natural singers often "beat out" the trained singer when it comes to singing in a convincing and captivating way artistically. Why is this?

The Vocal Technique "Rabbit Hole"

 

Are we focusing too much time on singing technique and not enough on the Art of singing?

Many issues arise from this unbalanced focus. When you're performing, recording your music, or simply singing artistically you need to be able to get out of your head. We must learn to sing more from the subconscious part of our mind and away from singing from an analytical place. We are NOT SINGING ROBOTS!

 

The art of singing is an emotional experience. The goal of having solid technique should be to get you in the shape necessary so that you don't need to worry about "hitting the notes" and other technical issues when it's time to REALLY SiNG!

 

The way we sing mechanically is a balance of Breath, Vocal Cord Closure and Resonance. The challenge is that we need to be so free with our singing instrument technically that whatever we feel can be easily transmitted to the listener without limitation. If what we do is think about controlling the singing process directly there will always be something lacking in the sound (even with highly trained voices.)

We need to almost trick ourselves into allowing the emotions of everyday life to direct the singing process - lack of technique is a limitation to doing this. That said, I've worked with many singers and especially for the analytical ones, combining emotion with a technical exercise can often have amazing results. I believe it's because the more we directly try to control the voice from a conscious stand point the more of a mess we make of things. The exercises I use are designed to automatically do the work for you if you do them correctly, without need for us to try to improve things.

 

The listener wants to be taken on a journey. Our job is to tell a story and paint pictures with our emotions. HOW we sing the words with feeling and our ability to "tell stories on pitch" is what's most important. It's next to impossible for most singers to multitask by directly controlling vocal technique AND telling a story with real emotion. If we are stuck in our head trying to be technically prefect when we sing, it will miss the mark and fall short of touching the heart.

 

I'll be offering tips on how to develop these skills in future blogs. As always have fun singing and try not to fall down the vocal technique rabbit hole! :)

 

 

 

 

 

Singing High Notes - 2 Biggest Problems and How To Fix Them! Free Voice Lesson

 

If you are straining to sing those high notes or breaking into falsetto you will have vocal problems at some point in your career and at the very least a limited range/style. Many careers have been cut short due to vocal abuse.

Know the Difference Between Developmental and Performance Ready Songs!

 

Even the hardest working, most talented singers will at some point want to sing songs that are more demanding than their current ability. It's true that you must constantly challenge yourself to keep growing as a singer, but don't make the mistake of picking songs that are too far beyond your ability to perform on stage or in the studio. My general rule is; if you have to think too much about technique it's probably too soon to perform it for an audience.

The absolute best way to prepare and gauge how ready you are is by...

Free Vocal Tips - The Power Of Hydration

 

Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to improve the health of your singing voice!

When we sing we are using an amazing human instrument capable of expressing all of life's joy and pain through our voices. The best singing is truly an athletic activity for the Larynx (Adam's Apple) and Vocal Cords.

Your vocal cords need to be well-hydrated to function properly, especially for the demands of professional singing. De-Hydration makes singing hard because the vocal tissues aren't as free to vibrate and adjust for pitch.

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