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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Listening vs. Hearing - Improving Vocal Tone -NEW!

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Some years ago I was working
with a particular singer, and,
we were doing vocal exercises, and
I noticed that her voice was very weak
So I began to explore what was going on,
what she needed, and
what would help her to improve the
strength of her voice.
Well, while I was investigating, I found a
very interesting.
Angle on vocal work.
I'm going to share it with you because
this section is called Singing Secrets.
So you can tell one other person, but no
one else.
Only kidding.
So, when you sing.
You are the creator of sound.
You're not also your own audience.
And that's different then singing for your
own pleasure for example.
In fact, I would think that when you're
singing for your own pleasure,
you may feel freer then.
Unless you are a developed performer, you
may feel freer singing for
yourself, than in front of other people.
Think of a time when maybe you were
driving in your car,
or in your shower, or just somewhere
And you were singing a song and loving it,
just really getting into it.
How was, what direction was your energy
and attention going?
Was it inward, checking yourself out and
critiquing yourself?
Or was it outward?
This is actually a very key element, which
has to
do with other things we're going to get in
to in other lessons,
but particularly for vocal development.
Where you put your attention.
Has very much to do with, letting your
go free, versus, closing it in and keeping
it small.
If you wanted to sing something.
With very gentleness and breathy.
That also is a totally different thing.
So, when you sing, even in exercise,
at first okay, you go through the steps of
getting familiar with it.
You're checking out, what's the vowel that
I'm singing,
what's the melody that I'm singing, the
timing of it, all those things.
But then as you get into it, try to put
your attention outward.
You are singing after all, even if it's an
And I will guarantee that your voice will
actually sound better.
This is a performance technique as well.
And as I mentioned, we'll get into that
very specifically
as far as what it has to do with things
like stage fright.
Owning your performance space and having
charisma on stage.
But for right now, as you're working
through different exercises and
singing songs work on putting your
attention outward because when you listen
to yourself.
There's potentially several things that
are very
undercover sneaky that are occurring or
could be.
One is you could be critiquing yourself.
Critiquing one's self usually is like was
that good, was that bad.
Who knows what good and bad really means
in this case.
How was I?
Was I all right?
You're picking yourself apart rather than
giving yourself the license to do.
So what if you make a mistake?
So what if your voice breaks?
You're developing it.
Give yourself the breathing room to do
Another thing that can happen when you
listen to yourself is that you're trying
to be the receiver at the very same time
that you're being the creator.
You need to know the sound, imagine the
And this is something that's very
important to practice,
this mental aspect of singing.
It then carries over into application when
you're singing a song.
So we develop it in the smaller areas and
then expand it and put it into practice.
When you're singing a song, and then when
you're performing.
And how to really get that song across.
It has a lot to do with where you're
putting your attention, which helps your
belief in yourself and, and saying okay, I
can do this.
Oops, okay, I made a mistake.
Okay, I can do this.
But get this one little part about you're
creating or you're the audience.
You're the giver, or the receiver.
You can't be both at the same time even
when you're just singing for
your own enjoyment.
When you're really enjoying yourself.
You aren't listening and picking yourself
apart, you're letting it go.
That's what I want to encourage.