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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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Popular grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer recently had to cancel all of his performances and the release of his upcoming album due to vocal problems. He has what is called a granuloma, a type of growth, on his vocal cords. This type of problem often stems from lack of good vocal technique.
What I think is interesting here is not that this happened to a popular singer—I can’t tell you how many times famous national act singers have to cancel performances, parts of tours or entire tours due to “vocal fatigue”, laryngitis, exhaustion or other code words for voice problems. What’s surprising is how many of my voice students are shocked that a singer of this stature has voice problems at all.
Here’s the deal: most of us don’t know how our bodies are set up to breathe and sing efficiently, and just because you become famous doesn’t mean you’ve figured out how to sing correctly. During the first 12 years of my professional singing career I didn’t know one bit of the info I now teach in singing lessons. I thought getting hoarse every night, being exhausted after my performances, struggling with endurance, having a hard time hitting high notes, etc. was just part of singing in a band.
Well, guess what---it’s not. All of those, and just about any other problems you can have singing are mostly due to moving away from the way you breathed and made sound when you were an infant. We don’t care if people like our singing when we’re little. We had fun experimenting with weird sounds, making loud giggles and gurgles, and letting our voice be an extension of what we were feeling at that moment. And....it was gloriously fun.
With adults constantly telling us to be quiet and with the ever-present pressure of being “cool” for our peers as we became teenagers, it’s a wonder anyone enjoys singing at all as they get older.
This is where learning the proper mechanics of singing can change your life. Even if you don’t see yourself as a performer, taking voice lessons or learning from a book (my book Sing Free Now! 3 Steps to Power, Passion and Confidence comes out October 20th) can help empower you to feel confident about speaking, singing and anything having to do with your voice.
Imagine yourself unhesitatingly saying “yes!” to giving a speech, leading a workshop, chairing a committee or singing a song when someone asks. If this sounds too scary to even think about, consider that there’s a part of you that secretly would love to say yes if you just didn’t have to worry about whether your voice worked well and sounded good. What most people don’t know is that singing well is a learned activity—not just for those born with “talent”.
You can change how your voice works if you’re willing to do the work. Everyone that can hear the sound of their own voice can learn to sing with freedom and confidence. The problem is, we don’t get an instruction manual for our voice—just ask John Mayer. So, if you want to change your experience of singing, check out my new book Sing Free Now! and the Skype lessons I give via the internet. Hear you later!
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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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