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What’s Stopping You?

Pause for a moment.

Consider where you want to be with your singing and performing.

Now, ask this all-important question:

“What stops me”?

All answers to this question fall into 4 areas. Pick the one area below that feels most relevant to advancing your singing right now.

Then, I invite you to try out the solution proposed there.

Skill Great performers manifest skill in technique, expression, communication and interpretation to name a few. If any of these are especially challenging right now, I want you to commit this week to spending time in practice focusing on improving at least one aspect of your skill which will help you to excel.

Mindset / Belief How you think, and what you think, create your view about your performance. Does your belief about yourself and performance work in your favor? If this is your area of challenge, I want you to commit this week to believing that you can achieve what you desire in performance and thinking positively before, during and after your performance.

Time We can always make time for those things really important to us. When it comes to your performance goals, it is critical that you devote time to reaching them – even if it is a mundane task such as contacting venues. If this is your area of challenge then this week I want you to commit to writing a list of tasks you most need to do or resources you most need to obtain – and then start moving on it.

Confidence / Motivation I want you to imagine being so motivated that nothing and no one could stop you from achieving excellence in performance. What images or ideas come to mind? If this is your area of challenge then this week I want you to commit to reconnecting with your goals and listening to or spending time with singers who inspire you.

Make a Clear Choice

OK – you probably read all four areas above.

But I want you to choose just one area! After all, Rome (or your vocal career) wasn’t built in a day.

Choose an action this week and don’t let yourself be stopped.

It’s never too late to clear the path towards success.

My Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Vids

Gabriele Aprile & April Fools Sex Machine (Cover)

Gabriele – great live performance. You have a very good understanding of rhythm and timing. Also, It’s great that you paid attention to the authenticity of the tracks you sang while giving your own interpretation—well done. Breath and muscular support needs some work, which is particularly evident in the songs with a slower tempo. Try breaking the song down and working on small sections focusing on steady breathing, while engaging your intercostal muscles. I also want to see you come away from the mic stand more this will add the visual dynamic to the match the vocal dynamic you have already accomplished.

-Simone Niles

Simone Niles is a leading vocal and performance coach and an author on the specialty of performance enhancement. She has a busy private teaching practice in London and also teaches at The Institute of Contemporary Music, where she is MD of the college’s vocal ensemble. Her book “Coaching for Performance Excellence”, gives artists new and innovative ways to achieve performance excellence and is available from her website.
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This article has been especially adapted for VoiceCouncil Magazine from Simone’s book, “Coaching For Performance Excellence”. www.coachingartistry.com

  • Rinky Sarah

    confidence/motivation :( coz i am not a proffessionally trained singer and i have a dream to become a successful international singer of the world one day before i die