This month I want to blog about something that has become ever clearer to me over the past few years. What is it that helps take someone from the chair in their room to the stage of the world’s grandest halls? Many people would argue that it is the “IT” factor. While this may very well be true, “IT” is much harder to define. But what is one characteristic or quality that really stands out? Is it great technique? How about a catchy song? Maybe it is knowing the right people? So many things that it could be, but from my time in the “coaches” seat, I have noticed that above all these things mentioned above, the one attribute that great artists have in common is: Confidence. Webster’s describes confidence as, “the quality or state of being certain”. I see students come in weekly who have great technique but a lack of confidence to ever stand on a stage and pour out their hearts with passion and conviction. In fact, if I were being honest, my number one job as a coach is to help build confidence. This is obviously accomplished through technique and gaining the ability to have vocal freedom and control, but it must go one step further than that.
As a singer you have to believe in your ability and in your voice! You have to be passionate about wanting to share your stories and struggles. You see, it’s more than just a pretty little song with compelling lyrics. It’s a portrait of life, something that you can’t keep from telling. Those who get it, run with it. And this is why our world is full of singers who are good and bad vocally. We all can think of musicians who may not sound that good or don’t have good technique, but they can sure mesmerize a crowd and build a huge fan base. Why? Because people are drawn to confidence. We choose leaders, friends, mentors, and entertainers based on some level of confidence that they possess.
Of course being able to hit the notes, stay on pitch and produce certain tones and textures with the voice can all help build our level of confidence – that’s why studying the voice is so important. It’s like owning a Ferrari and knowing how to actually drive it at 55 mph or 180 mph, and not backing off or being afraid at any point of the drive. In some way it’s what judges always point out on your favorite TV competition when they are giving their opinion of a performance. You see, in the end, I believe that we are not looking for perfection. We are simply looking for passion and confidence to shine through. So believe in who you are and what you are doing. Work on your voice. Try and expand your range and vocal flexibility. Practice being in front of people. In the end, you will be “certain” of your abilities both on and off the stage.
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