This week I want to talk to you about three things that exceptional singers do that average singers don’t. You can move through from the beginner stage into the advanced singer stage far quicker than you realise with these three tips.
If you really want to achieve your aspirations and your singing goals this year, then please listen up!
Or alternatively, here’s the scannable version:
1. Fall in love with the process of singing and the process of learning
Most singers want to have the results of singing. They want the good feelings. Singing is powerful; it gives you great feelings. But if you don’t fall in love with the process of learning in order to get those good results, then you will always say at the average level (no matter how much you want it!) and you’ll never become exceptional.
You’re not going to get those results until you actually commit. Until you fall in love with the process of learning (and that means being in a practice room, doing the exercises, singing the songs, feeling uncomfortable, not getting it right, learning new steps, working it out), you won’t ever find the exceptional capabilities that you have really capable of.
Nothing is more frustrating than feeling like you have not expanded yourself and reached your full potential. It’s why we set New Year’s resolution goals. And until you really fall in love with the process of attaining your goal, rather than the result, you won’t be able to reach your full capacity.
2. Practise the positions – and understand why
Exceptional singers get really clear on what they’re trying to practise.
They will collaborate – they’ll work with someone who can help them get some perspective on their voice, find where the problems are and help them see what they need to focus on.
If I give you a downloadable exercise, or you go and find one on YouTube, you might enjoy it and it might seem to work for you, but it will be far more effective if you know:
How to choose an exercise
Why you’re doing the exercise
Which positions you’re practising
Just choosing a few songs or exercises, and singing until it feels a bit easier, won’t give you any added knowledge about your voice.
When the singing gurus say, “It’s better not to do any exercises at all than to do the wrong ones”, they’re partly correct. Because if you’re going to push past your own boundary level, not listening to your own voice, you’re going to compromise yourself – and you might even damage your voice.
An exceptional singer has started to understand a few things about voice – and about their own voice. They’ve understood their strengths, they’ve understood their weaknesses. They’ve understood which areas of their voice they really need to build their goals and challenges and workouts around, in order to improve – and they choose to practise what will benefit them most.
3. Practise your performance
Exceptional singers practise their performances before the performance. It’s called a rehearsal (and no, I’m not talking about a band rehearsal where everybody plays and shouts at each other and nobody warms up!).
They’re in the practice room in the same way that they are with their exercises, in the same way they are with their music, and they are choosing their moves. They are in the mirror. They are looking towards how they want to be on stage, where it’s a transfer of energy. It’s a dance that starts with you, and exceptional singers know this.
They don’t wait until they get on the stage, and they don’t rely on it coming from somebody else.
You need to move yourself into an energetic state where you are focused and clear. And if you can learn to do that in performance, if you can learn to do that in the silence of your practice room.
Do you feel it’s time for you to say, “It’s time for me to look towards exceptional”?
Are you ready to:
Ditch the excuses
Stick to a plan
Brave disappointment (and bounce back)
Follow through, even when you don’t feel like it?
If that’s you, then please get in touch and share what’s holding you back.
Because now is your time.
You can do it.
Want to move from average to exceptional? Get in touch and share what’s holding you back.