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Many of the most powerful singers, singer-songwriters, singing musicians, and performing artists are by nature intensely vulnerable and transparent. They’ve learned to risk opening up in order to

share very real, private hurts, feelings, joys, and passions.

There are many singers that are technically very proficient and precise that are lacking in the ability to share their human frailty. So, the ability to be open and vulnerable actually serves to make a deeper more personal connection with the audience. The audience members can identify with what the singer feels because they have felt that way.

Technical vs. Soulful

While the technically proficient performer resonates aesthetically or musically, the vulnerable performer resonates in the heart and soul.

Manning Builds Confidence

By working with
Brett Manning’s programs, and by working with his certified associates you’ll quickly grow more confident, competent, and comfortable with your singing voice. This overall strength can provide a level of self-trust and daring that can help you get to the point where you feel free to risk being more vulnerable.

Become More Vulnerable

Becoming more vulnerable requires peeling off layers as you risk more and more exposure emotionally. For some people, this is easy. For others, it may seem impossible. But when you have the vocal training to lean on and into, taking emotional risks becomes easier.

Risk Often

For most people, the key to getting comfortable with being vulnerable is to take risks as often as possible. One of the best ways to set this is motion is to begin by easing yourself into a situation that pushes your comfort zone.

Get Close + Personal

You might want to start out by singing in front of someone that you know most intimately. These are people from whom you have nothing to hide. They know you better than anyone else. Ideally, this would be a spouse, partner, lover, or a very close friend.

Emotionally Exposed

By performing in front of this person or people, you feel free to reveal your deepest feelings. This gets you comfortable with being vulnerable and exposed emotionally. Ideally, it’s suggested that you record your performance visually for future reference. That way, you get a clear sense of what is real and raw and genuinely effective.

Family + Friends

Then, the next step would be to sing the same songs you sang for your spouse or partner in front of family and friends. This provides a group of people that know you well, but may not know you intimately. Record yourself to look for the level of authentic vulnerability. Note any differences in terms of what is real, raw, open, and effective emotionally in this performance.

Go Public

Now your next step will likely be a bit more of a challenge. It should take place in a setting as simple though daring as a park or at the beach – public places where people will see you and hear you even though it is not a public performance. You want to sing your song or songs in a somewhat risky situation where you are still challenged to expose yourself emotionally.

And again, you must visually record your performance, review it, and then compare it with the other recordings for authenticity and emotional impact. Without doing this, you might freeze up or hold back when you perform, denying levels and layers of vulnerability that can impact an audience more deeply.

Hurts + Hearts

It’s suggested that you choose a song that makes you feel exposed, something that you feel hits home in the heart or strikes a chord in a deep wound or emotional memory. By choosing material that puts you in situations that are uncomfortable or disturbing, you have the opportunity to risk being totally vulnerable. By going through the steps from singing before a lover or spouse, and then family and friends, and then finally in front of strangers in a public place, you are then free to share your soul and heart with your audience.

Risk Comfort Levels

To get more confident, competent, and comfortable with being vulnerable; look for opportunities to perform as often as possible in venues or situations where you are not necessarily comfortable or aren’t that familiar with.

It’s important to take risks at being vulnerable so that it becomes a natural part of your gift as a singer, singer-songwriter, singing musician, or musical performer. By engaging in this practice you naturally peel away layers of self-consciousness as you reveal the depth and breadth of your innermost feelings.

Dare To Share

Use the forums at to share your experiences with exploring vulnerability and emotional exposure. Note any changes that may occur vocally. Also cite any changes that have occurred in your perception of yourself as a performer and vocalist. Share any feedback that you receive from fans and audience members.

Boldly Book It

Book sessions with Brett Manning’s certified associates to also get feedback and guidance on tapping into vulnerability as part of your interpretive skills and storytelling ability as a singer.

The more deeply you can touch and move your audience, the more memorable the performance. Take whatever risks you feel necessary to tap into the greatest potential for satisfaction in your pursuit of true singing success.

Randy Moomaw

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