Ever wonder why people aren’t raving about your singing voice even though you can’t see any problems with it? Or why people love someone else’s singing voice even though they don’t have perfect vocal technique? What do you need to do to get your singing voice noticed?
Some people think of the definition of a good singer as someone who doesn’t have a discernible break, who is on pitch, who has a pleasing tonal quality, who has perfect control of their vibrato, etc. But there’s SO much more to singing well than having a technically good voice.
A singer must be a good communicator. This is what it’s all about. This is THE reason to sing. Technical ability without emotional communication is meaningless. At best, it’s an intellectual showing off.
Technical skills are only a tool to allow you to communicate the emotions you feel. The reason to learn how to sing technically well is so that you can communicate whatever you want, without your limitations getting in the way.
What does it mean for a singer to be a good communicator? It means being able to sing each song convincingly enough to bring the audience along – and being able to switch among the emotional palettes of different songs quickly. For recording artists, it also means knowing how to conjure the right energy in the recording studio, when you don’t have a real audience to perform to. For performing artists, it means also being a good performer while singing. This is because human beings are visual creatures, and a large part of our communication is visual. So, being a good communicator means using body language, stage presence, and audience connection to express the song’s meaning – not just your voice.
How do I learn to let go and sing and perform well?
If you try to “let go” to the emotion but have trouble getting past your technical, critical side, there are a lot of approaches you can try. I am developing a course to help you get there, but in the meantime, here are a couple of other resources:
– Check out the Recommended Reading page for good books on these topics – especially the Inner Game of Music, and Effortless Mastery.
– Check out my 3 1/2-minute video on How to Make a Cover Song Your Own for ideas on how to break out of a box when you are singing a song just like the original artist. These ideas will help you think about something other than technical perfection.
(c) 2009 Adrienne Osborn