Non-Singing Part Of Your Life Effects Your Singing
Serious singers need to “stay in the game” even in non-singing times. The way you live your daily life heavily impacts your singing voice. Many singers are very surprised at how little they consider their voices during non-singing times. But if you’re a real singer, one who is looking for the most from your instrument you will keep your head in the game all day, every day. Why? Because all parts of your life are intertwined.
A Sobering Truth
Most serious students-in-training are very focused during their lessons, practices, rehearsals and performances. But, the minute they leave the training environment they pay little attention to posture, vocal tone quality and speaking diction.
The other area of abuse is the lack of attention and discipline in the areas of eating, exercise and rest. High school and college age singers in particular seem to live life to the fullest and try and squeeze in some vocal disciplines “as needed.” And guest what? If you’re a casual singer there is nothing wrong with that. You can’t focus on all things all the time. But know that the way you schedule and use your time shows your real priorities. If you are set on making your voice the best, most consistent instrument it can be, you need to put in the work and pay the price.
Put In the Work
The mental and physical work required to become an excellent singer are substantial. You not only have to develop the voice, you have to become more knowledgable in the things of music.
Pay The Price
Developing any skill to the point of excellence requires sacrifice in the areas of time, energy and often, finances. Many times it’s not inconvenient or easy. This is true for academics, sports and, not surprisingly, singing. That’s just the way most things work.
Start Where You’re Planted
Begin, by taking full advantage of the people and situations around you. If you’re in school that means get in every singing group you can, whether school or church to develop your ear and musical disciplines. Even if that’s not the style you are heading for it can still help lay the foundations of ear training, tone, blend and the mechanics of posture, breathing and diction. If you’re a bit older look for local community college classes or personal training. Larger churches may have Fine Arts departments with training available. You might be surprised at the level of teaching available in your community.
Somewhere along the way you may want to invest in training materials from Vocal Coach. For many, this may even be where you start, but I wanted to make sure your eyes were open to all the options available to you.
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Summary: Get In The Game and Stay In The Game.
Don’t just think about. Don’t just dream about it. If you really, really want to sing in public, and do it well then do the work. Pay the price. Make the sacrifice. Get the training. Then carry what you’re learning into your daily life.