As you know the coronavirus has got everyone singing. However, being a singer isn’t just about having a great sound; it’s about discipline, practice, daring to let go and be free. But, what is my dirty little secret? What has me so scared that I can barely move? Is it something to be ashamed of?
Since the crisis I’ve been in a bit of a dilemma and feeling fearful. Singing every day at home is confronting. Why? Singing in the mask – complete vocal technique [loud singing] is a great technique to achieve the perfect resonance and projection.
But I’m faced with stumbling blocks because I feel I’m driving my neighbours up the wall. It’s a fact and realisation that you are as good as your last performance. It hangs always in the wing.
However, each obstacle brings a surprising revelation. But, do you think it can be conquered and mastered? The art of singing & performing is a journey and not a destination – trust the process. So, read below my insightful tips about
Sing free and trust the process
Tip 1• Keep singing during the coronavirus
Even with my many years of knowledge, I’ve experienced lots of challenges. And that’s why, I’ll always remain a pupil of the school of life. I admit I’ve made many terrible mistakes in my career. But recently I’ve been experiencing light-bulb moments.
Tip 2• Speak to your neighbours
Going through some deep emotions and musical pitfalls have brought me to this point. Proper singing is a lifelong learning journey. Moreover, encountering problems as a vocalist means constantly being aware of the bad vocal habits. So, boost your confidence, talk to your neighbours and arrange a time to practice [with or without them].
Tip 3• Gospel, jazz & soul singer
Are you a beginner, intermediate or experienced gospel, jazz or soul singer and performer? Well, the singing sensation has probably become your second nature. It should be natural and consistent. Basically being a performer means good breath control, takes guts and commitment. And, not every singer is an entertainer.
Tip 4• Practice makes perfect but it’s tedious
Let me tell you another secret. Practice makes perfect but it’s extremely tedious, repetitive and time consuming. However, there are times when I experience a breakthrough moment. And this counteracts my fears, doubts and feelings of inadequacy. Additionally, I’m an entertainer but work hard to develop a proper vocal technique.
Tip 5• Impress and touch the audience
Also, the days when I have to rehearse a new song can be agonising and tiresome. The thought of it can sometimes be frightening. Using body energy is really helpful to get a clear speaking or singing sound, especially for belting.
Tip 6• Body and mind energy
Body energy means that surge of energy in your body that helps you make the sound, such as when you’re about to lift something heavy or when you yell. In fact, singing is mind over matter – www.dummies.com/art-center/music/singing/using-body-energy-to-find-clarity-of-singing-tone
Tip 7• Performance anxiety
After more than 20 years as a gospel, soul and jazz singer and singing at full tilt, I still get nervous about my technique and the learning process. What’s more, I’ve had a panic attack (black-outs) and suffered performance anxiety (during my act for Desmond Tutu). Highly disciplined and devoted I dedicate lots of time to studying music. Read more about being gifted and talented but with insecurity and low self esteem.
Tip 8• Tuition fees
According to www.intotheblue.co.uk tuition fees to learn how to sing depends on several factors, such as length of the lesson, their qualifications’ and your technique. It can cost between £35 and £60 an hour. However, if you opt for a celebrity vocal coach who only trains big stars such as Beyoncé, Bruno Mars or Sam Smith, expect to pay double or triple the amount mentioned.
Tip 9• Muriel van Dinteren | House of Gold Gospel Choir
Finally, I spend countless hours vocal training and doing breathing exercises. It is strenuous, exhausting and sparks a conflict in me about my ability. Apparently, my vocal coach Muriel van Dinteren at VocalNote.nl says, ‘We vocalists form habits that can cause faulty singing. It is all part of the learning process of being a professional singer and entertainer.
- “Singing is top relaxation and also a top-class sport.” – Clover Jean.
- “The best singing teacher is he or she, who gets the most out of their pupils.” – Jean de Boisson.
- “The most important thing in music is not in the notes.” – Gustav Mahler
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