Every few weeks I get asked that question so I thought I’d respond to it here.
NOW, WHAT ABOUT SINGING? Here are the elements that need to be working well and working together in order for you to sing with good quality, accuracy and consistency.
- THE DESIRE AND WILLINGNESS to open your mouth in front of others and sing. Seem obvious? I work with some singers who have enormous desire and passion but are literally terrified to sing in public, which is rather limiting. Why this fear? They don’t know what will come out under real-life pressure.
- THE MECHANICS of posture, breathing, tone and expression are all part of what makes a singer effective. If any of those areas are weak, you will lose quality and consistency.
- A MUSICAL EAR (ear, brain, larynx connection) is a must. Without it you won’t have good pitch center (be on the right note), dynamics (loud, soft) and phrasing (what you “do” with the phrase). With decent training, someone with reasonable pitch accuracy can usually develop a good musical ear, but it takes time.
- THE DESIRE TO COMMUNICATE A MESSAGE is what separates those who just “sing” from those who “CONNECT” with the audience, which is the ultimate goal. That means analyzing the message (lyrics and musical style) and coming up with a game plan that includes expression, gestures, meaningful dynamics, phrasing and more. It’s a real effort, that when done well comes off as easy and natural. That’s what allows the listener to relax and take it in, rather than nervously wondering if you will hit the high notes.
Now, it’s time to list your strengths as well as the areas that need some work. Then, make the time to get the tools necessary to turn those weaknesses into strengths. It may be one of the most satisfying things you ever do.
If you need guidance regarding which tools will serve you best explore the vocalcoach.com web site or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org We are here to help you be your best and get the most enjoyment out of singing possible.