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Country Vocals Lessons: Spirit - Vulnerability

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[MUSIC]
Okay,
we are into the final
section of level one.
The spirit section of our mind, body,
spirit goal of becoming a whole singer,
a whole musician, and
I hope you enjoyed the yoga poses.
I hope you use those every morning.
We're gonna continue with some
of my favorite kind of work.
But before we do,
I wanna give you a heads up.
In a few lessons,
we're gonna to get to the place where
you will need your song journal.
And I mentioned this at
the beginning of this level.
Your song journal is a notebook,
a diary, a blank paged book.
It could be a spiral notebook, could be
a binder with loose notebook paper in it.
I personally use my Google Drive,
a folder in my Google Drive,
because almost my entire
life is now on Google.
So it doesn't have to be a physical thing.
It can be something that
you keep in your phone.
But some place for you to document
the lyrics of the songs that you learn,
the key, your thoughts,
notes, personal notes.
So I just wanna make sure that you're
getting that material together,
because in a couple of lessons we're
gonna really be depending on that.
Right now,
we're gonna continue with spirit.
This lesson is called Vulnerability, and
for a lot of us, that's a scary word.
Especially as performers,
because we spend so much time and
attention on presenting
ourselves as confident.
Confident, in control, together, and
worthy of being on stage, right?
You're gonna get up, you're gonna
entertain people, and be the star.
And we always think of stars as
carrying themselves with confidence and
a sense of power, and
kind of inner strength.
I have learned through
personal experience and
a lot of really amazing
experienced veteran performers,
that are some of my favorite performers,
that confidence is really an equation.
That means the combination of
preparation and vulnerability.
It's not something I typically or
historically would associate
with being vulnerable.
Confidence and vulnerability seem, in
some ways, to be at odds with each other.
And maybe it's a little counterintuitive.
But the fact is that,
especially as a performer,
especially as someone who is
going to get up on stage and
try to make a human connection
with strangers in the audience.
That vulnerability might
be the most important
thing to have as part of your personality,
part of your
inner workings,
that you are comfortable being vulnerable.
There's a woman, a research psychologist,
who is brilliant and
has done a lot of great work and writing
on vulnerability in the last few years.
If you get a chance to
check out Brené Brown.
Any podcast, she has a great TED Talk
called the Power of Vulnerability,
that has gone viral and just impacted so
many millions of people around the world.
She's written a great book called
the Gifts of Imperfection.
That's one of her many great books.
I highly recommend that you check
out Brené Brown if you're interested
in this subject and
the practice of being vulnerable.
This is a key component
to opening the dialogue
between yourself and your audience.
And it keeps you from being a performer
who's just delivering a monologue.
I think we've all had the experience
of being in the audience and
seeing a performer on stage who's
really great, very talented,
very skilled, very confident.
They put on a great show, but
at the end of the show you're left kinda
feeling like you just were talked at, or
things came at you the whole time and you
were just kind of watching and listening.
But not really engaged in
a relationship or in a dialogue.
And then we've all had the experience
of sitting in the audience and
watching performers.
My personal favorite for
this is Judy Garland, again,
since the age of four when I first
saw her in the Wizard of Oz.
I have studied her, and watched her, and
learned from her, because she had this
uncanny ability to be completely
open to her audience.
As skilled and talented, and
a master of her instrument as she was,
every time she got up on stage, she felt,
to me as an observer,
as a watcher, a listener,
to be completely open to me,
personally, a stranger.
That's the kind of performer that
doesn't deliver just a monologue, but
they engage their listener in a dialogue.
And that opens up this almost
magical experience of the energy
exchange that can happen between
a performer and their listener.
That's what we're going for here.
So we're gonna be talking about,
how do we prepare
ourselves with our skill
set being muscled up,
as far as our skills and
our competence as musicians,
mastering the technical
end of our instrument?
So that we can be prepared for any musical
situation and approach it with confidence.
And at the very same time, make ourselves
emotionally available to our listeners.
So that we aren't just singing at them,
but
we're really engaging
them in a relationship.
At least for that moment.
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