When I work with new singers inside my studio and inside my paid community, The Star Singer Green Room, I always ask them why they are here and what they want to improve.
I get answers like:
I want to sing higher
I want to bridge and connect my vocal break
I want to sing without straining
These types of goals are technical goals and this line of thinking is why so many singers fail to hear the improvement that they want.
This failure creates this vicious circle of judgement, tension, and vocal strain. This tension actually manifests itself INSIDE your body and puts even more strain on your voice, which can actually makes you sound worse, or cause temporary or permanent vocal damage.
We do NEED technical goals, but when you start to feel comfortable and confident and you actually sounds pretty amazing…what then?
The BIG question that many singers never ask themselves is…How are you going to USE these technical skills that you have mastered? What does that big singing dream look like for you?
Do you want to:
Be an international touring artist
Sell your music online
Heal and connect people through your music
If you don’t give yourself permission to have that big singing dream and your technical goals aren’t aligned with your big picture goals, that’s why you are feeling stuck.
Goals help us to create a training plan so that we can actually see results and move forward with our singing.
For example, if you are trying to sing higher but all of your vocal exercises or warm-ups are focused on breathing…obviously you aren’t going to hear an improvement when you try to sing higher. This makes sense logically, but it is a super common mistake that I see singers make all the time.
You need 2 kinds of goals.
1. 2 Kinds Of Goals
What is your BIG, GIANT singing goal? What does your life look like when you achieve it?
What are the current technical goals that support and move your forward to your big goal?
For continued improvement, you need feedback.
Who was the last person who gave you some feedback on your singing?
What did they say? Now, the most important part…did they offer you a solution? Did they give you a piece of advice that would actually HELP your singing or just point out your flaws?
Here’s what I mean…
“You’re kind of pitchy.”
“It sounds like you are straining your voice a little bit.”
“You need to be louder up there.”
“Yeah, it sounded pretty good…but”
Stop listening to the wrong people…people who offer you problems, but not solutions.
These people point out your flaws, but don’t actually know how to help you to improve your singing.
This brings us to the 2nd thing that you need in order to transform your singing…
2. Expert Guidance/Feedback
Expert guidance can take many forms…a weekly voice lesson with a voice teacher, a monthly check in with a vocal coach, a membership community aimed at improving your singing and performances led by a vocal expert…whatever works for you.
The important thing is it needs to be an expert giving you the guidance and feedback…someone who can give you SOLUTIONS and help you to get better, not just someone who points out your flaws.
3. A Training Plan
Olympic athletes have training plans, pro football players have training plans. The BEST OF THE BEST are always working to improve and condition their craft…ESPECIALLY when that skill is muscle based. Your voice is part of your body and muscle memory is in play here. When you train your voice, you get better when you don’t, you don’t improve at all and in some cases if you are performing and singing a lot…you can actually get worse or hurt or damage your voice.
Vocal warm-ups are NOT a training plan.
Your training plan should be a combo of proven vocal exercises that align with your BIG singing goal AND your technical goals.
If your training plan is effective, you will hear improvement with just 10-15 minutes of practice 3-4 times a day. If you are practicing more than that and not hearing results, something is wrong.
I want to go more in depth with you on this idea and show you a proven framework, The Dream Performance Process, which is the 4 step plan that I’ve used with singers in my studio to give amazing singing performances over and over again. If you want to walk off that stage feeling amazing EVERY time, then this class is for you and it’s going down this Thursday, August 29th at 6:00 pm CST and you can register for free here.
Hi! The Ones You Forgot here, stopping by to give a little piece of #WednesdayWisdom to all those looking to get started in the music world.
Though we’ve been a band for over 5 years now, we find ourselves learning new things every day. When you build it from the ground up (especially when half of the members have never been in a band before), there can be a fair share of bumps in the road. Some lessons are incredibly important to learn on your own, but we would love to share a few tips that might help make your musical journey a little easier.
Focus on your art first.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the overwhelming amount of other aspects in a music career. From booking, networking and performing, to marketing, branding, and merchandising, there is a whole plethora of things that find their way onto an artist’s to-do list. Without a doubt, these are all very important parts, but it is so important to routinely step back and make sure that the first thing you do is write songs you LOVE! Your art is the center of your career in music, because, well, IT IS THE MUSIC! When you genuinely enjoy what you’re making, all of the components of the business side will come easier. You’ll also be proud of yourself when your art finally makes it out into the world, which is an awesome feeling.
2. Stay organized.
This is crucial for every aspect of the band. When you stay organized, you will pat yourself on the back in the long run. Whether you are in a group or a solo act, you are going to collaborate with others in some way, shape or form. Organization makes the collaboration run a lot smoother, and that can only enhance the creative experience! We recommend making checklists, drawing up timelines for important dates and plans, keeping the van tidy on tour, always keeping tight communication, etc. They may seem like tiny and obvious tasks, but they will make everyone’s day that much easier, especially when you have a lot going on.
3. Be professional and respectful.
Your parents probably taught you this one, but hey, that’s because it’s important!
Professionalism and respect speak for themselves, and should be given for all parts of your life, not just your music career.
4. Have fun.
It may be the cliche thing to say, but it’s true! Making art and sharing it with the world should be a happy experience for you. Yes, the music industry can be stressful, but for us, we know that none of that matters the moment we hit the stage. It’s all about enjoying ourselves and making sure that the crowd does too. If you feel like you’ve lost that feeling, it’s okay! Take a break, relax, and revisit it when you’re ready. Nothing is worth purposely putting yourself in a bad place mentally.
That’s all for our little rendition of #WisdomWednesday! Huge thanks to the Muddy Paw team for asking us to share some advice.
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Rändi Fay gets intimate with Musical Notes Global and discusses the intersection of music and medicine in her life. Check it out here.
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Trace Repeat talks about floppy disks, CDs, vinyl, and our emotional connection to physical music media in their guest blog for Concert Crap. Read more here.
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Septacy’s Ricky Marasigan tells us how to craft a stunning music video w/ a small budget in guest blog on Musical Notes Global. Read more here.
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HereComeHere share their secrets to a succesful release show exclusively with Musical Notes Global. Read the full guest blog here.
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We’re all thinking of ways to slow down time, aren’t we? Whether we like it not, we can’t slow it down but we can figure out a way to use our time efficiently. Thanks to Katie Garibaldi, she breaks down how she manages to balance her personal life and work. We’re pretty sure this is something everyone should read. Check it out HERE.