Emotional Baggage

Emotional Baggage

As singers, we are both musicians and actors. We have a responsibility both to the music itself, and also to the lyrics and emotional truth of the story each song sets out to tell. While singers are generally expressive people naturally, putting your feelings on display can be challenging. Whether you’re feeling guarded and unable to connect with the emotional content of the piece you plan to perform, or whether you’re too connected to the emotional messaging and struggle to stay in control and present it musically in the way you want to, emotions absolutely have the power to make...

Musical Foundations

Musical Foundations

If you’re like most parents, you only want what is best for your child, including feeling driven to do whatever you can to help them reach their dreams. With singing, however, it’s not uncommon for eager-to-help parents to make less than optimal decisions if they forget to weigh expert advice. If you have a little one who is driven to sing, we’re so glad you’re reading this post– We want to help you help your child! First, the pitfalls: Remember, your child is still growing and changing physically every single day. Their voice will continue to grow and change into...

Gig Guide

Gig Guide

Getting your first gig may seem like a  difficult task, but if you look closely enough in your area, it can be a lot simpler than you may think. Perhaps just asking the owner of a restaurant that you regularly frequent, or emailing a couple of businesses in the area will open the door– opportunity is abundant! In fact, it’s so simple, that the hardest part for you will likely be to simply compile your set list and organize your act in a way that businesses can better understand and accept. Especially if you offer many different musical styles, be...

Finding Motivation

Finding Motivation

Every musician, particularly beginners, can sometimes find it hard to practice, and will often ask themselves questions such as “Can I find the time?” “Is it worth the time?” or “Will it really help me improve?” As an accomplished musician who’s struggled through those numerous questions, I’m here to tell you that the answer to all of these is “yes.” From the earliest days of learning your instrument, Practicing should be implemented into your routine like house work or homework. It seems like a hassle at first, but once you knock it out, the results are so satisfying! A very...

Singing in a Choir

Singing in a Choir

Singing in a choir is a wholely unique and thrilling experience. Being part of the wall of sound and texture of harmonies is a special feeling that brings many singers great satisfaction. Sometimes, however, choral singers face vocal challenges that are unique to this group setting. So, what should a choral singer know about their voice, how it functions, and whether voice lessons may a good investment? Blending In. If you’ve ever sung in a group setting, you probably already know how important the ability to ‘blend’ is for a choral singer. The entire goal of choral singing is to...

Musicianship for Singers

Musicianship for Singers

Singers, let’s face some ugly truths. Within the music industry, singers get a bad rap. Too many beautiful voices are running amok and not realizing the musical errors they’re making (and thereby how hard they are to work with). Singers that get ahead are often those who make their bandmates’ jobs easier by being easy to communicate– yes, in terms of how friendly and professional they are, but also that they’re on the same page musically. When you keep in mind that singers are often called on to be the band leader, this is doubly important! So, what do you...