Whether you’re searching for new material, seeking a new look or image for yourself or your band, or playing with a new idea or fresh concept for a tour or gigging out, take yourself on a mini-retreat and explore a change of scenery.
Whether you head to park or drive for several hours and check into a motel, the change of scenery gets you out of your routine and away from your comfort zone. It preps your brain and your senses to be open to new perspectives and possibilities as you explore a variety of themes, settings, music genres, and even story lines.
For example let’s say you’re more comfortable with your mix, your range has significantly expanded, and you now want to find new songs to sing that will reflect the comfort, confidence and creative growth you’ve experienced.
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Play With Key Changes
To conduct a search for new material, begin by listing the key changes that have occurred. Ask yourself the following questions. In what ways specifically is my voice stronger? What songs am I currently singing that I want to keep as an option for my song sets when gigging out? What changes would I like to make with these songs? What specific songs that I know of am I interested in adding to my sets? This will give you base of familiarity to work with as you adjust and stretch based on the changes you’re experiencing with your vocal instrument.
Explore What’s New
Another point to consider is the uncharted or unfamiliar territory that you’d like to explore. One creative way to approach this is to think in terms of the subject matter for the songs in terms of stories, themes, genres, and settings that intrigue you. You can cite examples of well-known songs that explore some of these areas and use those as points of reference.