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Country Vocals Lessons: From Singer to Artist - Introduction

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Welcome to level four,
from singer to artist.
At this level, the highest level of
the ArtistWorks country vocal chorus,
I hope to work with you
on some concepts and
practices that will build on your
technical skills that you've developed,
the general approach to
being a whole singer,
engaging your body and
your mind and your spirit.
But at this level,
we're hoping to dig really deep into
what makes a singer become an artist.
What's different?
How do you approach your work?
How do you approach your craft?
What kind of perspective and
balance do you need to try to strike
between the technical and
the emotional or the spiritual?
We're really hoping to take
everything that we've learned so
far, and now, make it transparent.
So that you don't see the singer
working as a listener,
as a fan, as someone in the audience,
your aren't conscious of the singer
applying technical tools.
All you're doing is enjoying
the music as a listener because
what you're being presented
with is a level of mastery,
of technique and craft that is so
high that it becomes invisible.
And all that we're experiencing
then is the beauty,
and the joy, and
the power of music as an art form.
That's what we're going for in level four.
Now, never over estimate how much
work this actually requires.
In order for your technique,
and your skill, and
your craft, in order for
your mastery of your instrument
to become invisible,
you have to have practiced and
thought and dedicated so
much of your life and time.
There's a great book called Outliers,
by Malcolm Gladwell,
I'm gonna put it on your
reading list to check out.
The main concept that I would want
to emphasize from that book is that
the people who we think of as geniuses,
who have taken a particular technology or
art form or
a sport form to a level
that seems beyond human.
It isn't necessarily that
they are born with any
particularly special or
magic or superhuman abilities.
But that they put in hours and
hours and hours of time,
very early in their lives many of them.
Malcolm Gladwell even does this kind of
study of big icons like Bill Gates and
Michael Jordan, real outliers who have
been super-achievers in their fields.
And The Beatles is another
example that he uses.
Well, by the time The Beatles were
19 years old, they had put over
10,000 hours in playing music,
singing songs, and
writing their own songs.
That was before they were 19,
20 years old.
The same with Bill Gates
programming computers.
He spent over 10,000 hours
programming as a teenager and
a young adult before he ventured
into his own business efforts.
So a lot of times that
genius is mostly a function
of just pure hard work,
consistent dedication and practice.
So you can make your skill and your craft
ultimately invisible if you're willing
to work hard enough and put in the time.
You can also never overestimate
the degree of ambition and
the challenge of the competition
that you're gonna face.
I like to think of those
as good sharpening tools.
There's a great saying in the Bible,
as iron sharpens iron,
this is how we work on one another.
And I see ambition and
competition as positive motivators.
As long as you are using your
inspiration as your inspiration,
the achievements of others and
using it to inspire yourself,
to work a little harder,
become a little better,
competition and
ambition will work for you.
Another thing we're gonna talk about in
this level of the course is a little bit
of business.
We're gonna get into a little bit
of how professionals go about
making a living as singers.
And we're not gonna go super deep in it
but I wanna give you a few concepts and
things to look forward to and
look out for if that's your goal.
That you want to make singing
your bread and butter, and
I can tell you it's a tough life but
it is incredibly rewarding.
So we're gonna have a great time,
but we're gonna work hard.
Here we go with level four.