This week we’re exploring the factors to building the ideal setlist
As performers, our main aim is to produce an experience that is both exciting and emotionally engaging to our audience. As such we lavish great care and attention on each and every song we perform. However, this is only half the story. In the pursuit of great performance we must also consider the “narrative arch” of our setlist. What is the emotional journey? What do you want your audience to feel? I’d love to hear about your approach to building your setlist and how you feel this adds to your overall performance.
So the question is: What elements do you consider most important when putting together your setlist for performance?
Great Comments from last week:
Last week I asked: What has someone said or done for you to help you sing in a way that is more true for you – or what have you done or said to others that have helped them find their voice?
Fernando Zimmermann wrote:
“When I discovered the real nature of the support, specially that I don’t need to think on my breathing to sing. After stop thinking about breath, I started to sing in a really effective way”!
Renate Reynolds commented:
“I tell my students to believe in themselves, the way that I believe in them. I find that once they’ve established vocal support their voice begins to emerge. If a student is singing in a previously learned accent for example – I’ll encourage them to gradually neutralize this in warm-ups and transferring spoken voice to sung. Also, once someone has confidence in themselves, they are more comfortable with their own voice”.
Chenzira Sneed posted:
“My voice therapist (I have a polyp) told me my voice has a pretty high range. I thought I had lost that years ago and was singing much deeper than I should for my voice. Somehow that statement was like a lightbulb turned on and I was able to re-embrace my range. It was freeing”.
Jeremy Thomas responded:
“No one thing, no easy answers, no shortcuts. Lots of little details that over the years have gone to make a huge difference”.
Great discussion this week guys, see you next time.