Today I'll be talking about Tip #6: Turn Off Your Vocal Defense Mechanism
(If you missed the Top 10 Tips list you can read about it in the August 7th blog post. The page numbers with each tip refer to the location in my book Sing Free Now! where you can find more info).
Whether you know it or not you have a mechanism in your subconscious that tries to protect you from embarrassing yourself when you perform. It's called your vocal defense mechanism (VDM). It became active the first time you had a negative experience when you sang.
That could've been your second grade teacher saying, "Johnny, why don't you just mouth the words while the rest of the choir's singing...," or "class, do not sound like Mary over there when you perform this song!" Or it could've been as simple as someone raising an eyebrow during your performance.