Feb 7, 2014

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Power Quote For February 2014

beethovenHow To Improve Your Singing and Playing – Through Feeling!

The first, most basic step of preparing a song is learning the words (when singing) and accurately learning the correct rhythms and notes of your song’s melody. These are all very important things.

To really give a great performance, we must take it to the next level!  Step two is practicing your song with genuine emotion, sharing with others just how you feel when you sing or play the piece, causing them to feel it too.

How To Play With Feeling Tip #1: Connect with the song. Now that you know all the notes, really think about the lyrics or the title of the piece.  Think hard!  What feelings and thoughts come forth in you?  If you were speaking the piece to someone (for real), what would your voice sound like?  How would your instrument express these thoughts and feelings? Play around with this A LOT until you feel satisfied that you’ve got it – that you’re doing right by the song.  Go line by line, phrase by phrase and section by section.  Think about all the feelings you have during just one intense moment… Bring it!

How To Sing With Emotion Tip #2: Practice using various tones, dynamics, and different breathing positions within a phrase. (Advanced singers and players also use note bends and riffs and runs to help express the emotion of the lyric.)

How To Sing With Emotion Tip #3: Practice using facial expressions to enhance emotion!  You know the ones – guitar players are famous for them!  😉   Use facial expressions that you may already use when you genuinely feel emotions.

How To Sing With Emotion Tip #4: Practice staying in the moment. Being “in the moment” means keeping your mind focused on what you are singing and playing. (If you skip this step, you may find yourself focusing on what the audience is thinking about you – hence, performance anxiety and possibly, stage fright can occur!) When these thoughts enter your mind, immediately bring yourself back to the lyrics of the song and your job of conveying their meaning.

Long story short, in order to make a huge step forward with your singing and playing, make the emotions of your song come to life!  Author, Maya Angelou, put it best when she said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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