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Feeling Nervous before Singing? Watch This.

Feeling a little wrung out about your upcoming performance? Thinking about reading through your lyrics one time too many? Futzing around on Facebook instead of resting or getting your outfit laid out so you can face tomorrow smoothly? If nerves … [Read more...]

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Ride the Wave – On Pre-Performance Focus and Cultivating a Spirit of Service

You're singing this weekend. You're gonna rock. You're going to change by doing it. And yet, this actually isn't about YOU. It's about you stepping into something and leading the way for those around you. You invite your friends and … [Read more...]

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On Leadership and Following – Flip Sides of the Same Coin

As Barry Brownstein writes in his book The Inner-Work of Leadership, leading and following are flips sides of the same coin. There is perhaps no better place to play with this energy than in group song - an ephemeral, enlivening, low-stakes … [Read more...]

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Easing the learning process – Waking up to when you’re in a “New Low State of Mind”

As singers we become intimate with our strengths and weaknesses. And it's tempting to own them. The other day I'm in my lesson with my teacher and we come up to a cadenza to read through. My mind goes blank. All of a sudden the E and F are feeling … [Read more...]

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The Secret to Being a More Confident Singer

The secret to being a more confident singer is not as mysterious as you think. It's pretty simple. Sing more. That's it. Sing more. If you're already accomplished and wrestling with nerves, singing the venues you think you're not ready to … [Read more...]

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In finding your voice, it’s not about your voice

A desire to connect with your voice. A desire to share what's within. A desire to feel confident in what you have to share. Almost weekly, I meet someone who uses these words to describe their desire to let out what's within. What is … [Read more...]

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I'm a very unskilled pianist. And today an interesting thing emerged in a voice lesson I was teaching - I was playing chords and a singer's part and stumbling a bit. And her singing mimicked my playing. Pretty blocky. I told her, "Look, pretend that … [Read more...]

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It’s about finding your own voice

After four sessions an adult singer said to me yesterday: "I think what I'm beginning to understand is that it's not about sounding like someone else, it's about finding what my own voice sounds like." AMEN!   … [Read more...]

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The impact of sharing your voice

What is the IMPACT of feeling more comfortable sharing your voice? I don't care if you're a musician or not. When you know what it feels like to feel fear and anxiety course through your body and get up there and perform anyway, you know an … [Read more...]

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“Where does my voice fit?” – Untangling Common Thoughts that Stop Us

Worrying about where your voice belongs can really get you down. Once you start the comparing route, you will find endless reasons as to why you should cease all singing activity pronto. As a singer, coach and voice teacher I see it can be … [Read more...]