One of the challenges many singers face is that they get so caught up in relying on others that they can forget who is ultimately in charge of their progress, their sense of well being, endurance, direction, and level of commitment.
The bottom line is obvious: you are in control of your singing success. So it’s vital that you make wise choices in your practice and your use of resources. There can be a lack of motivation or some slack in discipline that delays or interferes with the potential benefits from engaging the dynamic elements of Mastering Mix and Singing Success. This is not a program flaw.
Hold Onto Healing
Many singers have had bad experiences in the past with the wrong teacher. They may have developed bad habits or even injured their voice. Those negative experiences may have either created some emotional scarring or psychological trepidation that is making commitment more of a challenge. But, as you engage Brett’s programs, and as you view the video clips and tips here at http://www.singingsuccess.tv, the healing will begin to take hold, so take heart.
Learn To Sing With Jesse Nemitz
A recommended video to help you focus on your singing lesson plans and stay on track as you explore your training objectives and goals is one that has been created by certified Brett Manning master associate Jesse Nemitz. It’s simply called: Learn To Sing.
Jesse cites four areas or methods for training, learning, and skill reinforcement that can be seamlessly integrated into your daily practice or weekly routine.
He notes these areas of focus or processes of study as follows: systematic, diagnostic, vicarious, and learn a song or performance.
In systematic, Jesse refers to the process of going through exercises such as working through the Singing Success program or Mastering Mix. You simply tackle things lesson by lesson, building step by step as you go or grow along.
With diagnostic, this is where a specific problem is corrected or a weakness is strengthened after the issue has been properly identified and a prescription has been written to be followed as directed.
The vicarious focus or approach is related to the power of observation. This includes watching videos of lessons. It can also include observing a lesson firsthand of a student with Brett or one of his associates.
Avoid Or Engage
Vicarious learning also comes by watching performances of other singers. In this approach you may stumble across bad habits you do not want to pick up, or you just might discover a few that you have and want to get rid of. You also will hopefully see effective skills and techniques that are modeled properly that can inspire and encourage you to enhance your skills and engage your focus with more effective practices.
The fourth area, the learn a song or performance approach, looks at the hands-on growth and development that comes with singing, from the warm up before performance to the applause or final take in the studio.
But again, it is up to you to determine the extent of your practice process in order to apply techniques discussed in lessons with your voice teacher, engage co-ordinations from sessions with a Brett Manning certified associate, or put to good use what you’re learning with a program such as Mastering Mix.
Record + Take Notes
As you develop your own practice process, make it a habit to record lessons and sessions, as well as keep a journal to note your progress, observations, and challenges. Make notes as you listen to recorded lessons and sessions to reinforce changes you made or need to further refine. Make note of anything you wish to follow up on for further development or focus. At the end of each lesson or session, always review the next step to be taken.
Your note taking becomes part of the systematic process. Yet it also engages the diagnostic in identifying weaknesses and missteps. It obviously involves the vicarious approach through self-observation of your performance during the lesson or session.
Goals To Drive By
Remember that the purpose and concept of an exercise or coordination is what drives the exercise or coordination. It is what becomes the goal or underlying objective for each point of practice.
Book To Assess
It is highly recommended that you periodically book a session in the studio, via Skype, or over the phone with a Brett Manning certified coach so that your progress can be properly assessed. It will provide greater confidence in the pursuit of your goals for your singing success.
Brett’s Weekly Workout
There’s another recommended video clip here at http://www.singingsuccess.tv to view that will help to encourage your consistent, committed development. In fact, it’s actually a series of five clips by Brett Manning. These clips are called “Weekly Workout” and are offered in five parts, starting with Day One and ending with Day Five.
Day One begins with Brett easing you into a relaxed connection with your voice. The subsequent clips move you through building the chest voice, stretching out for more agility, working out and freeing the voice, moving creatively into the mix, and then concluding with a tough, more aggressive workout.
Clips For Tips
BMA coach Shelby Rollins offers an informative video clip called, “Consistent Balance,” that can help you to assess your skill level as you observe the lesson. Be sure to view “Learn To Sing” and other clips from Jesse Nemitz. Treat yourself to performance clips of our newest BMA vocal coach, Leigh Nash, lead singer of Sixpence None The Richer.
Your Daily Share
Use the forums at http://www.singingsuccess.tv to share your progress and challenges, and to get valuable feedback from others on their practice routines. Network with others through the forums to help with reinforcement of your daily and weekly practice and to hold you accountable in the pursuit of the full measure of your singing success.