I’m jumping on board this love themed occasion and using Valentines Day as a timely reminder to LOVE your voice.
How to love your voice
There are three ways you can show your voice you love it.
1. Treat your voice with kindness
Learn to listen to your voice, how to look after it and what to do if you have any voice issues.
See a vocal coach if you want a Singer’s Technique Toolkit that supports, nurtures and offers you options on how to develop your voice.
2. Learn to love YOUR unique sound
Have you ever wanted to be able to sing a higher note, hold it longer and with a particular tone that you feel you can’t do or to make a sound more like someone else?
We often compare ourselves to other singers.
Understanding who are you as a singer and embracing your unique sonic identity or signature sound is a crucial first step in crafting and making your voice the best it can be.
Prior to a coaching session, I ask my singers to complete an artist questionnaire.
I asked the singers to share what they wanted to improve and what they loved about their voices.
I would get a long list of weaknesses and very few strengths if any!
Work out where you are at, where you want to go and WHY.
Do you want to sound like someone else or do you want to build your voice and shape your distinctive sound? Neither are wrong by the way!
Next time you are practicing or performing, record yourself singing and watch back with a goal to say three things you loved about your voice and three things you’d like to improve upon.
This highlights what is working, together with what to focus on in your next practice session or your vocal coach.
3. Act like a pro
A lot of singers I work with are doing well in the music industry and chose to see me to continue their vocal development.
They work their butts off to stay gig fit and be the best singer they can be.
You need to adopt the identity of a professional singer and act like you are one.
I’ve heard the saying “fake it til you make it” which holds substance if you remove any negative inauthentic weight from it.
I prefer to think about how I would be acting if I was touring the world performing 300 shows a year.
It is the exact analogy I use when I coach artists. I’m getting them ready for 300 shows a year, where they enjoy every minute they are on stage.
They are confident, prepared, and their voice is on fire. There are no concerns about hitting notes or their voices not holding up for the duration of the tour or worse, a single performance.
Ask yourself, to get to that level of confidence in my vocal ability, should I be in the throes of a Netflix marathon or scrolling Facebook (no judgment!) or should I be practicing and workshopping or writing songs?
Want to sing like Beyonce? In that case, you’ll need to be practising three hours a day, five days a week! After all, that’s how she became so good.
All the great singers we admire, worked hard to craft their signature sound and amazing voices.
Every. Damn. Day.
Occasionally, that may mean you may miss going out partying.
I promise your voice will LOVE you for it.
How to spoil your voice
Jump into my 7-Day Love Your Voice Challenge!
Over on the BNGV YouTube channel, I am sharing daily tips and exercises to help you improve your singing skills and fall in love with your voice.
Whether you’re a seasoned singer or just starting out. the goal is to help you discover, appreciate and nurture the unique qualities of your voice.
Each day, I focus on a different aspect of singing, from vocal health to performance confidence.
❤️ Day 1: Love Your Singer Self: Self-assessment Of Your Voice And Creative Mindset
❤️ Day 2: Love Your Vocal Health: Daily Vocal Care Habits
❤️ Day 3: Love The Songs You Sing: Select Songs To Sing That Move You
❤️ Day 4: Love Your Vocal Prep Process: Warm-Up, Warming Down and Vocal Rest
❤️ Day 5: Love Your Practice Plan: Practice = Performance Confidence
❤️ Day 6: Love Your Performances: Create Performance Opportunities
❤️ Day 7: Keep On Loving Your Voice: Reflect and Continue Your Journey
❤️ Bonus day – Live Q & A – Wednesday 22nd February 2023 1pm NZT
From self-assessment, vocal care through to performance techniques, I’ve got you covered!
It’s the small daily self-care vocal habits that will nurture your voice and make a big impact towards improving your singing this year.
Can you kickstart loving your voice this Valentine’s Day and keep it going?
Go ahead and make your voice your Valentine.
Share how you plan to pamper your voice, please!
And let me know if you have any questions.
Happy Vocal Valentines Day!
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