Should I Quit Singing? Pro singing tips you need to know WHEN (not if) your confidence tanks

Should I Quit Singing? Pro singing tips you need to know WHEN (not if) your confidence tanks

IN THIS VIDEO

  • Learn how to avoid the soul-crushing boomerang
  • Discover new ways to ‘get out there and sing’
  • Hear our super-unique solution to every possible argument you’ve probably ever had for NOT singing.
  • Find out how to move from wishing you were singing to DOing it NOW!

Singing tips no one tells you for when your confidence is tanking

It never feels like it, but every singer feels like quitting if they do it long enough. 

It doesn’t matter how many singing lessons, tips, training, even performing you do.

The truth is that the more we THINK, PRACTICE, DREAM about singing….and if we do that considerable more than we actually SING, will wear on your confidence.

It’s easy for me to tell you to ‘get out there and sing’.  But sometimes, fear and insecurity can KEEP us from seeing the amazing amount of opportunities that are just waiting.

And the more you take, the more you get to experience the JOY of singing.

Sure you’ll still think about what you want to improve.  But that little voice in your head will shrink back into the tiny nag it should be.

 

SINGERS THAT GROW ARE SINGERS WHO ARE OUT SINGING!

STOP asking “am I good enough”!

Think of it this way:

Will I ever be the best singer in the world?

NO

But you CAN do something that literally NO other singer on the planet can do:

Sing with your uniquely created set of vocal cords to make notes with the kind of timber, tone and texture that literally only you can!

So QUIT trying to sound like other singers!

Can some singers sound like other singers?

YES….but….(BIG BUTT)….

  • Why would you want to settle for being a cheap knock-off of someone else?

 

  • In order to make your unique voice sound like someone else’s unique voice, you have to manipulate, many times causing bad habits that lead to vocal damage

 

  • And even if you succeed…what you LOSE in the process is the ability to recognize and develop YOUR unique sound.

“Talent Shows”…AREN’T actually TALENT SHOWS

THEY’RE CASTING CALLS to find certain looks, sounds, etc that fill out a ‘cast’ combination that a show needs to better ratings.

 

Nothing wrong with that.  Really.

As long as you remember (and this is super hard to do) that a rejection is only saying they either already casted a role you’d fit or the’re not casting what you have.

Actors do it every day.  Sure it’s a bummer if you don’t get cast.  And, yes it can feel devastating if you’re sure you were perfect.

But they TELL actors that it’s not the PERSON that isn’t validated, they just weren’t cast for a PART.

It’s time we tell the SINGERS too!

 

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AGT's top singers – what do they have that you don't?

What do these top singers have in common that most of us are missing?

KODI LEE

DETROIT YOUTH CHOIR

EMANNE BEASHA

How do they sing like that?

  1. It’s NOT breath support.
  2. It’s NOT posture.
  3. It’s NOT even good training.

Find out in this episode.  And let me know what else you picked up on in the comments.

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How to Write Songs that Get Attention

How to Write Songs that Get Attention

Why a verse is not just a verse

I’m loving NBC’s Songland.  It’s TV’s first real honest look behind the scenes of pitching your songs to people who matter.

Songwriting is very subjective.  It’s really personal. 

And, honestly there are just some songs we get so emotionally attached to that to change them feels like changing who we are.  Think of those songs as a private album for just you.  Keep them. 

But when you’re ready to write a song to be sung in public and maybe pitched to another singer or label, it’s time to look at song construction very seriously. 

It’s not the death of artistry, it’s the systematic fine-tuning of message and music until you squeeze out the very best bits.

But to get a great glass of orange juice, you do have to brutally smash a few oranges.

 

 

The hidden purpose of song parts

When it comes to songwriting for the public, it’s crucial to tell your story in the best way possible.

That’s really what song parts were designed to do.

Each verse has a different purpose.

While a chorus IS to drive in the main point, there are thoughtful reasons why you should cut or change words.  It’s not to ‘sound like everyone else’, it’s to put the very best of what you’re expressing right up front for the listener.  Then wave in their face til they see it.  Then get in their ear until they feel what you feel.

Crafty songwriting is meant to MAKE your audience feel what bugged you so much that you just had to write it down.  And if you’ve got something other people feel, it should be your top priority to do what it takes to get it through to them.

 

How do you write your best without sounding like the rest?

Many singer/songwriters (I’ve been there too) get caught up in the war against ‘formatting’ a song because they feel it makes them vanilla.

But if you don’t know WHY different song parts exist and you just copy the way other songs are written, it probably will.

Check out the video above for a quick walk through of the real power of songwriting with purpose.  I hope it’ll inspire you with some fresh ideas of how to really make your song come alive…fast enough for even jaded ears to notice.

You’ll learn how to decide ‘how many verses, choruses’ and when you should…or maybe shouldn’t use some of those other tricks you hear on great chart topping songs. 

 

But how do you pitch your song to important people?

So you write a great song that gets attention.  And you get to pitch it! 

Now what?

I find the biggest fears in pitching a song come from not really knowing what to DO when you get there.

What I love most about the tv show Songland is that you get a little peak at what high level songwriting collaboration looks like. You get to watch something in a song ignite a crazy fast flow of even better ideas & see where it ends up in minutes, not months.  

When a bunch of ideas come from songwriters at the same level you’re at, they usually result in songs that sound like yours do now. 

But get with one or more songwriters a level or two above you, and THAT’s where you really get to grow and see just how much FUN it is to really craft a song.

Songland is also unique in that you’ll see a couple ‘pitch tricks’ if you know where to look

Starting with the chorus or bridge in a pitch meeting (aka-the hook – the best or more attention grabbing part of the song) is a great idea. 

You have to get attention fast and keep it.  No one is going to wait through two ho-hum verses to see if they like your hook enough.  Unless it’s good enough to blow everyone out of the water, they’ve already counted you (or the song or both) out.

What Songland is NOT, is a great example of a real pitch meeting.

That’s why I’ve included a great outline for how to introduce yourself and your song when you finally get there. 

 

Enjoy!  

Now get back to SONG WRITING!

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