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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Why do I have vocal strain?

Why do I have vocal strain?

IN THIS PODCAST

Vocal strain is the #1 complaint from singers, so it seemed fitting to kick off our podcast by addressing an all to common problem that prevents you from singing or speaking to your full potential.

There is a wealth of bad information about this issue, leading already frustrated singers to believe it might not even fixable.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I hope you find hope based on the science of vocal anatomy in the answer I give to Alyssa’s question.

Alyssa asked:

I’m an aspiring voice actress and singer.  I can hit notes really good sometimes but other times I feel tension in my voice.  Sometimes I get so scared about vocal damage that I get discouraged about doing voice acting and that makes me so sad.  Is it too late for me?

 

And I answered by sharing details about:

  • What actually causes strain, pain and tension in the voice for both singers, speakers and voice talent
  • What few people (that includes teachers, trainers and professors) know about vocal strain
  • How strain, pain, tension and even vocal damage can be reversed for good
  • What your voice will really be like once vocal strain is removed the right way

 

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6 Singing Lies from TV's Perfect Harmony

6 Singing Lies from TV's Perfect Harmony

“The #1 reason you don’t already sing better” was on full display in this season’s new comedy Perfect Harmony.

And I can’t leave you NOT knowing what you should ignore.

So here they are.

EVERYONE asks me what I think of different singers on X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, etc.

And it’s usually a little disappointing when I tell them I don’t watch.

But it’s because i CAN’T watch.  (If you haven’t seen/listened to ‘My Story’ this is really weird to explain)

But because of my extremely ‘unique vocal ‘situation’ I have been left with EMPATHETIC VOICE SYNDROME.

When a singer does something unhealthy  or anything that keeps them from singing better,

I don’t just see it,

I don’t just hear it

I literally FEEL IT. 

Not just that, but I watch so called ‘coaches’ dumping more problems on singers than they had when they got there. 

Plus, it’s super frustrating to know that singers have no way to really understand what’s really happening.

So in theory, a sitcom about a community choir seemed relatively safe….

But then I thought about YOU watching this show.  And….I just can’t NOT tell you this.

 

Chances are you’ve heard all six of these bad singing tips before. 

You’ve probably tried them all if you’re not still trying to do them all RIGHT NOW.

That’s because they’ve been AROUND longer than any other singing advice.  And unfortunately we’re still regurgitating them DECADES after science proved them wrong.

The TRUTH is that not a SINGLE one has ANY ANATOMICAL impact on making you sing better….in FACT…they create OBSTACLES to KEEP you from singing better in the first place.

Listen to this episode of The Voice Club Podcast to find out what they are….and what you should REALLY do with them.

 

 

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How do YOU sing The National Anthem? – The Voice Club

Here are some take away tips you can use to start singing (and styling) better…faster!
  • Sing the STORY, not the song
  • Don’t copy what you’ve heard unless & until you’ve asked yourself WHY you’re doing that thing you’ve heard
  • There will always be someone who sings better than you BUT no one can tell a story from your perspective but you
  • Even if you could copy perfectly, why would you want to be a ‘good sound-alike’ when you could be the original?
  • Styling tools (trills, runs, big hold notes, dynamics, power, etc.) are bling without substance  if you don’t why you’re using them
  • Just because someone else does something cool somewhere in a song does not mean that’s the only great thing to do there: find something that highlights YOUR voice.

 
 

A Simple White Girl's Guide to Vocal Training Methods

IN THIS VIDEO

Maybe you’ve been there: classical singing lessons, learning the rock singing method, the broadway belt, speech level, online singing lessons teaching who-knows-what…

Ever wish someone would just make it simple to tell the difference between what different vocal coaches teach?

ME TOO!

Little did I know that 2 decades, studying them all & spending tens of thousands of dollars would still only result in me having to figure it out for myself.

It’s super important to understand what’s behind what you’re paying to learn.

So in this quick flyover, I’m going to break it down for you.

Every single type of vocal training out there belongs to one of these camps:

The Classical Singing Approach

This began with the first big singing contest and the desire to copy a sound of some singing monks. 

It has since developed into a long list of rules to copy that sound….which as it turns out, sounds nothing like those monks.  go figure.

Because it’s been around the longest, this approach is the most widely taught around the world today.

Rock & Broadway Belt Approaches

By the time recorded music entered the scene, many singers didn’t want to sound like some old monk….or whatever sound the other camp ended up sounding like.

So they did what they knew to do:

They found a singer they liked and tried to copy the sound. 

Then came up with some rules to try to force the most uniquely different voices to copy the sound too.

Not to be outdone (& losing tuition like mad), the classical camp decided they must embrace the new sound singers wanted. 

So they did what they knew to do:

They found a sound singers wanted and used their previous rules to make a new copy of a new sound.

These are the Broadway belters. 

Same approach. 

More contemporary sound than classical

Just not as hip as the Rock belters.

Speech Level Approach

SLS (the most widely known branch) & the rest of speech level advocates were the very first in history to start not with copying a sound but by looking at the medical science of the time (1950’s).

By then doctors knew that singers in all the other camps were having problems and getting damage. 

They already knew it was because the voice is already ‘plug and play’ at birth: that copying any sound puts strain on a voice, many times ending in vocal damage.

Speech Level coaches teach a core group of exercises initially developed with a vocal surgeon in the 1940’s. 

They also introduced the concept of ‘the mix’.

The Voice Club Method

As a working working singer for nearly my entire life, I’ve had the excuse to study every method out there.

Over 95% of the available training is from one of the approaches above.  But I found that when I gained something I wanted I lost something I didn’t want to lose.

And none of them could answer any of the questions I had.

As a professional voice talent who had done the research to develop a training program for commercial voices I knew that copying a voice (or ‘character voices’ in VO lingo) could be terribly damaging to the voice.

I’d already started adapting my VO training for my vocal work since I went from vocal to VO sessions regularly.  It was surprising how much better I was singing.

That’s how I stumbled upon the Speech Level camp.

I eagerly started training, but was bummed to discover that to have access to any answers I had to spend a hefty amount of coin to become a certified coach.

But I really wanted answers.  So I did.

But in the midst of those highly classified master coach training workshops something became glaringly clear:

No one here was going to answer my questions either.

THEY were there to spout complex pedagogical theories…or trying to nod knowingly when they were as lost as me.

I was just looking to grasp on to anything I could simply understand that would help me sing better by my next gig on Friday.

But then something horribly bizarre happened:

 

After suffering two separate medically induced voice-ending conditions I discovered for myself the limits of both anatomical vocal instruction and vocal surgery.

What my vocal anatomy taught me through those dark times not only resulted in completely repairing my voice twice & adding an extra half octave, it completely changed everything I’ve ever believed the voice could do.

Ever since then it’s been my personal mission to share all the answers I found to every singer I can; to education and empower them to take back control of their vocal potential…

…& to learn HOW to protect & perfect the only voice they’ll ever have.

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