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Welcome to my Sing Free Now! blog. I’m excited to announce that starting this week I’ll be adding a new blog every Thursday, so be sure to check back each week for tips you can use immediately to experience more confidence in your singing and speaking.
With this blog I’m launching a 10-week series covering my Top 10 Tips for a More Confident Performance. Each week I’ll dive into one of the tips and create a practice goal for that week to help you “own” the new tip.
Want to go deeper with your voice? The pages listed with each tip are where you can find more info in my book Sing Free Now! 3 Steps to Power, Passion and Confidence. Don’t have the book yet? Click here to get a copy.
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I played a gig today and after my performance I was standing at the back of the room chatting with some folks when my friend Linda walked up. “Hey, Mark, I have a question for you--why’d you use the word “free” in the title of your book? I’ve been wondering…..”
It’s funny she asked because just yesterday I was looking at an old file in my computer of possible titles for my book. For a whole year, as I was finishing up the writing, the book had a different title. At the last minute I decided it wasn’t right and spent weeks wrestling with one title after another. In the end it was simple–the answer came when I asked myself, “What have I been teaching people to do in my voice studio for the past 26 years? What is it that people want most?” Just about everyone tells me they want to feel confident when they sing or speak—they want to feel free.
It all boils down to the three most common concerns that you probably have when you think about singing or speaking in front of an audience (even if that’s only one person):
When you can free yourself from these three concerns you can easily give voice to that part of you that has something to say to the world. You can call it your soul, your inner self or your authentic self. My experience is that every one of us is yearning to have a direct connection between this “inner voice”—and the “outer voice”—what we use when singing and speaking.
What gets in the way of this connection is the belief that somehow you don’t have what it takes to sing well:
This points to the first thing that we need to free ourselves from–thinking that if we’re not already “good” at something then we can’t “get good” at it. If a young child told you that because they couldn’t do calculus in the third grade that they must not be good at math, you’d probably talk to them about their faulty logic. Unfortunately, I hear this faulty logic all the time from singers, because many of you don’t know that singing can be learned and re-learned–it’s not a situation where if you can’t “do it” now you can’t ever “do it.” That’s the first misconception you can free yourself from.
The second thing to free yourself from is what your body is probably doing when you breathe and make sound. We’ve all switched from how we breathed as infants to a much less efficient way. By learning how Nature wired you to use your “instrument”–your body–you can feel much more in control and get the results you want when you sing. You can easily know what “singing from the diaphragm” really means, and more importantly, how to do it. You can discover the secrets to changing the tone and intensity of your voice. Every one of you can sing loud and soft, high and low, and enjoy the infinite ways you can vary the sound of your voice.
I call this being an intentional singer. Instead of hoping you sound good when you sing while having no idea how to make that happen, you can discover how to direct your body to make the sounds you want. This takes the worry out of singing and leads you to confidence.
So, Linda, that’s why I used the word “free” in the title of my book–it’s what we all want to experience with our voice and it’s easier than you think to achieve. Thanks for asking.
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The heavy and light registers of every voice (sometimes called “chest” voice and “head” voice or falsetto) can operate automatically as you sing higher or lower pitches and you can learn to manually shift registers to get different sounds. This gives you the option of sounding the way you want to on any given word or line in a song. The Sing Free Now! Method helps you create many choices—not just one sound when you sing.
Singing in pure heavy register with dark vowel color to establish the strength of the voice. I teach you how to make a tone called “dark vowel color” that will allow you to sing higher notes with more ease and control that you ever thought possible. This teaches the body how to set up for high notes and will allow you to then sing them with whatever tone you want (yes, you can intentionally change the tone of your voice.)
Modifying vowels to “oo” as pitches get higher. This technique will help you to sing high notes easier by slightly changing the pronunciation of vowels. The effects of this are dramatic.
Modifying vowels to “ah” as pitches get lower. This technique will give you stronger and more present low notes.
Singing different ratios of balanced registration. You will be able to blend heavy and light register in whatever ratios you want to create more colors on your palette to paint with. Another way to have many options with which to sing—not just one “right” sound that most voice teachers demand you use.
If you think of your body as if it were the crew in the engine room of a ship and your mind as if it were the captain of the ship, you can learn to send commands to your body and get the vocal results you desire. I teach you how to assign a number on a scale of 1-to-10 to any vocal element so that the crew in the engine room knows exactly what your intention is. With the Sing Free Now! Method you’ll just have to picture the sound you want and your body will make that sound.
Through song analysis and dynamics exercises I will show you how to introduce emotion and style to your singing. This allows you to connect the story of the song to your audience--your main job as a singer. If the audience is captivated by your story-telling, perfect delivery becomes less critical and you leave the audience wanting more.
We all have a Vocal Defense Mechanism (VDM) that is a subconscious system working to protect you from harming your voice, from embarrassing yourself, and from working too hard during singing. Singing a loud note, singing a high note, or singing anything that seems in the least bit threatening can trigger this mechanism. It often sabotages your singing, making it harder for you to do what you want with your voice. The Sing Free Now! Method shows you how to override the VDM so that you can sing what you want to sing the way you want to sing it.
It is often easier and faster for you to develop a performance sound by practicing a sound you would not perform with. This sound may seem unmusical to you at first but it will develop the strength, coordination, and control you need to make the performance sound you want. It will get you to that point more quickly than banging your head against a performance sound that you cannot make at first.
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