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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Bringing It to the Judges

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There's a lot of things
to know about auditions.
In this lesson, we're going to address a
number of different categories,.
And, in the near future,
I'll be adding other lessons regarding the
very specific elements of auditions.
Here's some of them.
While it's good to know about what types
of auditions there are,
which I'll list out many of in a moment.
The most important thing is that you as a
singer are ready to the degree that you
know, in your, in your heart of hearts
that you aren't a 100% ready.
Is to the degree that you won't be able to
give the audition your all.
And it has to do with two primary aspects
of development.
One is your voice.
Not only your voice technically,
but your voice then in the context of
styling a song.
It also has to do with what songs you
So, for example, if you have a very light
voice and
you choose a song that's requiring a very
big sound, that would be a mismatch.
On the other hand, if you have a lot of
vocal expressivity and range and
power and dimension, and you choose a song
that doesn't go anywhere melodically.
That as well would be a mismatch for you.
So learning how to choose what song, how
to style it, and having enough
vocal technique that you, you're singing
on pitch, that you can bring to it
your own personal interpretation is the
most important thing.
From there, developing things that I would
call performance technique.
Take all of the elements and bring you
stage center with complete conviction and
confidence so that you can marry your
efforts with the song.
You know what you're singing about, you
believe in what you're singing about.
And you can get that across to the judges
auditioners with, again, that complete
Sometimes, you'll hear a judge say on The
Voice or American Idol.
Say to one of the singers, the song is
singing you, you aren't singing the song.
That has tremendous meaning.
And what it does mean is that you haven't
really figured out
what the song means to you and you aren't
delivering the song with that conviction.
That these are your words, this is your
message, you totally believe in it and
you really want to get the expression of
the song.
Its meaning, its content,
its feeling across to the person or
persons who are listening to you.
That ultimately is what makes the most
dynamic and, and captivating performance.
We'll be addressing many of the areas that
fit into being able to sing with
confidence and conviction and sell that
song as we move forward.
In the next lessons and
sections of lessons, which I'm very
excited to get into with you.
Let's talk a bit about different types of
There's of course the nationally televised
syndicated auditions such as American
Idol, The Voice,
America's Got Talent, X-Factor, those are
the main ones.
In this next summer of, what year are we
2012, there's gonna be a new voice
show on national TV that's coming out
called Duets.
I mean, obviously, the public love it, and
so do lots of singers.
Based on, you know,
how many thousands and thousands of people
turn out for these auditions.
If you just want to go to an audition to
have fun, that's one thing.
But if you're going to an audition,
be it one of the televised ones, be it a
band audition.
Or an a capella group audition, a choir or
such as perhaps Sweet Adeline's
International Barbershop Style,
multi-voice singing.
They have big choirs and smaller ones
whether it's a church
choir you want to sing in, whether you're
auditioning to be a backup singer.
If you're a bass player or even a drummer
although there are very few drummers
that sing, there are, and that maybe you.
Or a guitarist, a piano player who also is
singing back up.
You know, there's many reasons to in, in,
in areas of music that offer auditions for
you to actually get out there and be
involved in the music scene.
Additionally, you may be a lead singer,
that has to audition other
singers to be part of your entourage for
back-up singing, and
knowing certain points about auditioning
can help you as the lead singer.
Address and channel your efforts into
knowing who you should choose,
what should you be looking for.
What are the elements that are going to be
supportive of you as a lead singer
in the overall aspect of your music.
Which, of course, can include back up
The more you know about what you're doing,
the more in control you can be and
the greater confidence you will have.
And be able to move forward owning
yourself and taking command of your
career or at least the elements that you
are involving yourself in as a singer.
Another thing to know is that when you
judges are people and they can represent
much that stepping forward you can end up
feeling you know, some stage fright.
And that stage fright can adversely affect
your voice and
make it more difficult if not sometimes
impossible to sing your best.
We're going to be addressing stage fright
in a later section of my lessons for
you, and things that you can do that will
help you to move past that.
And again, feel confident with yourself
and your abilities so that
you can really sing that song and bring it
to your auditioners and the judges.