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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Studying Other Singers

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It's amazingly helpful to study
other singers for many different reasons.
But when you study other singers, it's
really helpful to have certain guidelines
to use to help channel your attention to
know what you're looking for and why.
Otherwise, it's very easy to end up being
a copycat.
And then at some point along the line, you
might end up finding yourself go
wow I'm sounding like this person, or I'm
sounding like that person and who am I?
I went through that myself many years ago
myself.
I very diligently listened to certain
singers such as
Aretha Franklin and and I just copied
everything that she was doing.
And it was no problem doing that.
The only thing that was a problem is that,
at a certain point I realized I had lost
my own identity.
If I actually even realized what my
identity was as a singer.
I got to a point where I was really,
really confused.
So, to help you avoid any confusion and
feeling like you're sinking into everybody
else and who in the world are you?
Here's the guidelines in studying a
singer.
Usually the singers that we like the most
are the ones that we have some similarity
with.
You don't necessarily sound exactly like
them,
but there are certain things, obviously,
about whatever singers you like,
that you have some sort of connection
with.
It might be the way they express
themselves and
the type of messages that they communicate
through their songs resonates with you.
I'm sure that's of course true when you're
listening to songs and
you're like, wow I really like this singer
and I really like these songs.
Take it further, listen to what they're
doing with their voice.
These are, we could consider it a, a, a
painter
has what's called a pallet of, and, and
they choose different colors from that
pallet to help design whatever it is that
they're painting.
And that painting is their self
expression, for that painting, at least.
So if you listen, one singer has certain
elements that they us,
another singer has certain elements and
sounds and tones,
textures, ways that they approach their
note.
Ways that they move off of the note,
perhaps embellishments that they use,
different times that they put bravado in
and
these are all things that we're about to
get into in exercise by the way.
But you, you basically listen specifically
to
what are they doing with their voice and
these are.
These begin to create your color palette
to choose from.
So, it's sort of like an exercise, it's a
listening exercise, it's a focus exercise.
And then, you can try to mimic what
they're doing and
create the sounds as best you can
yourself.
It could be, you know, how are they
stylizing this?
What makes it their song if it's a song
that somebody else has covered as well?
How come it sounds so different when this
other artist does it?
Look for those things.
Because they give you tools
that you can then choose to use rather
than being captured by the tools.
You're using them at your own discretion.
Okay for example, if, if a singer is
aways going, I will wander.
That's approaching the note from below and
going to the note.
Frankly, doing that over and over and over
again gets really boring and kind of like,
oh please, I need to hear something
different.
These would be personal stylizations of
approach to the note, but
then you want to give it your own
artistic.
Decisions in terms of are you being
monotonous with they way you're
approaching it, etc.
So you learn these different tools and
then you figure out,
you can, which ones make sense to you.
It's just basically being more and more in
command of singing.
And in that way, by studying singers, you
can come up
with perhaps some new ideas and some ways
of advancing yourself vocally.
But as long as you know that you're
studying them in order to gain more tools
rather than trying to become that singer.
Because there already is one of those
singers.
The world is looking for you.
Someone new.
Someone fresh.
Someone who has their own identity.
When preparing for an audition, studying
other singers who have
perhaps done those same auditions.
Offers a whole new world of insight
into what makes a powerful audition verses
what makes a really bad one.
And watch so you can, you know go on the
internet even and
watch these different auditions, and see
what makes a really good audition.
And is it just the sound of the person's
voice, or
how are they presenting themselves and
interacting with the judge.
Both of those things are important.
Studying singers offers a whole realm of
possibilities of growth,
as long as you know how to do it right.
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