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How to Have Confidence as a Singer and Still Keep it Real! Part 1 Print E-mail
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So, you love to sing. You love music. You have your favorite artists. It feels great to sing. It’s something you enjoy doing—for whatever reason.  Can you relate to one of the following scenarios?

  • You just don’t quite feel confident about your voice. 

  • People tell you it sounds good when you sing, but you’re not sure if they’re just trying to make you feel better or if they're delusional. 

  • Deep, deep down, you think you’re a genius, but there's another very skeptical part of you that just doesn’t know for sure if that's really accurate. And if it is—you’re aware that the notes you think in your head when you sing don’t always come out the way you want them to.

  • You also might still be holding onto a few “vocal wounds” from childhood, when your parent, sibling or friend told you, “You're tone deaf!” or to please, “Be quiet!

So—now what?  Should you get a vocal coach?  Maybe let somebody else mold you how they’d like you to sound, with all of their ideas about what true technique and style is? They can fix you, right?  Well, there are many people out there who will be happy to try and “fix you,” that’s for sure.  They will tell you things like, 
“You’re not breathing from your diaphragm!” 
“You’re singing from your throat” 
“This is the proper way to approach a song” 
Or even be so bold as to name-drop great artists that they're somehow associated with, to make themselves look important and worth your dollar. 

Truth is—
you do not need ANY FIXING! Your voice is already perfect, and no, you and others are not delusional about your voice. 

What if you found out that confident, empowered singing  had more to do with muscle memory (getting great vocal drills and technique that the voice naturally defaults to over time) and what I call “mind memory” (empowering psychology), than anything else? That’s right, the thought patterns that you carry in your head when you sing have a direct result on how your voice sounds.  Just think about it for a minute... 

Do you ever recall a situation when you’re alone singing in your car listening to your favorite music and you know you sound amazing because you’re not trying, and you feel great!  You’re open, free and connected.  Next thing you know, you’re with friends and somebody puts you on the spot and asks you to sing...

You do one of two things.  You either say:
1) “No way!” and quickly change the subject. 
2) “Sure.”

If you chose the first one, it’s simple to recognize that you’re just afraid. Why? Because you don’t want to look like an idiot. You secretly think, “what if I mess up?”   Or, “what if I look like those people they show on American Idol who think they sound great, but everybody else thinks they’re awful?”

Okay—let’s say you chose option #2 and you decide to sing.

“Sure,” you say.  As you begin to sing, it totally feels different than it was when just you in your car.  Your voice feels—smaller, weaker—maybe even shaky. Or maybe just slightly different. It might not sound “bad” but you know you could do better and while you’re singing, you’re thinking, “Oh my gosh! Why do I sound this way?” When you’re done, your friends actually respond in a positive way, but you might think they're just being polite. 

Now, let’s take response #2 again. 

“Sure,” you say.

This time, you have some CORE Vocal Power® Tools  under your belt and you naturally put them into immediate action. 

Your voice is strong and connected, open, free and sounds just as amazing as it did when you were in your car, and everyone smiles and you knew they felt it—just how you intended.  Your soul is satisfied. 

Does that last one sound too good to be true?
Not for my students, and anybody who chooses to do the inner work, as well as the physical.

I hear about these results every day, and I’m happy to report that after 20 years of performing professionally, coupled with intense research and schooling, I’ve been able to figure out what works for singers and anybody who uses their voice. With success comes consistent practice with a system. Mine is called CORE Vocal Power®, you can read about it by clicking here. 

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