We Think or Feel is How We Will Sing
stress enough the importance of maintaining a positive attitude when
singing and, especially when teaching. If you can't say something nice,
don't just say nothing, FIND SOMETHING nice to say.
facts, this career affects our egos. Our fragile egos are all wrapped
up in it. We try to get our egos out of it but sometimes that is easier
said than done. That is why we must find ways to make it about the process.
If it becomes about the end result, it gets harder than it needs to
be. And I speak from experience.
As a teacher,
while it is my job to find those things which make a singer's voice
unattractive and call attention to them, I realize I must deliver the
bad news of someone's "flaws" with optimism. I am always optimistic
that you can overcome whatever technical difficulty you may be having.
I want you to have a "yes, I can" attitude. Because you can!
out and didn't sing much for a few years. Partly because I went back
to school full time to complete my B.A at Rutgers (completed it in 2011).
Partly because of family issues and personal tragedies. But things are
better now and I have returned to singing in the past year. I too have
a voice teacher and am reworking my voice for performance. So I am living
this process with my students. What I have been reminded about recently
is something I've always told my students - FEEL!! Feeling
your voice is the most important tool in your arsenal. It is not not
worth it to "listen". Your sensations will always be a better
guide than your ears.
for joy's sake
else, I advocate singing at least a few minutes each day with unfettered
joy and abandon. Do this sometime after you've vocalized and done whatever
exercises you're currently working on. Once you've gone over that song
for all the nuances and practiced your pianissimo. When all that is
done, just sing!!
spirit and vocal approach fresh by giving yourself 5 to 15 minutes each
day, or at the very least, each week. Sing like you're on a deserted
island where you are beyond judgment and reproach. It's healthy to allow
yourself to sing without the judgments - particularly your own.