The performers that last are motivated by one thing: they want their audience to have the greatest time ever -says Noreen Smith
It takes most artists years to get to a place where they can totally transport their audience. It is a journey of working it out at open mics and developing musical maturity.
Ask yourself this question: What motivates me to perform?
The performers that last are motivated by one thing: they want their audience to have the greatest time ever.
Do you truly care about your fans getting lost in your songs and leaving their cares behind?
Then your motivation is coming from the right place.
In contrast, when artists only care about proving how amazing they are via the audience’s affirmation, it leads down a path of desperation causing self-esteem issues, defensiveness, and emotional roller coaster rides.
Healthy motivation means you are not depending on a big audience or lots of compliments. It means you are free to live in the moment – only then can you move your audience.
Having your motivation in the right place is essential, but not the only thing you need.
A moving performance needs some layers. Play around with tone color (breathy/clear/cry), emphasis, vibrato, pronunciation and volume so you can paint mind-pictures with your voice.
Carefully crafted layers allow you to tell your story and make an impact.
Listen to Colbie Caillat’s song, “Bubbly”.
She manages to deliver a moving performance despite the most ridiculous lyrics!
How does she do that? Layers.
When it comes to an artist like Adele, her lyrics alone can take your heart out and squeeze it like a kitchen sponge!
Apply layers to those kinds of lyrics plus the right amount of vulnerability – amazing.
There is one final tool that helps you follow that north star of motivation and create those layers: vocal technique.
The more knowledge and control you have of your voice, the more expressive you can be.
This article is an excerpt from The Ultimate Guide To Singing, the leading book for all aspects of singing and a singing career.
Noreen Smith hails from Canada and is a singer, vocal technique instructor, choir director and music director currently working in LA. She is passionate about freeing up artist’s voices so they can do whatever is required of them. She currently teaches private lessons, both in person and online, from her home studio. Visit her site: The Connected Voice