Do You Sing to Avoid Mistakes?
How do you respond when you make a mistake? Do you tighten up, do you stop everything to fix it? Do you enjoy it and turn it into a "happy accident"?
Confidence in singing, is partly, a choice...a choice to allow yourself to potentially make a mistake. The key here in singing, is that if/when you miss a note, you can stop and try to fix that note, or you can stay with the reason why you sing. Do you sing to avoid mistakes? Is that what singing is about? Reducing risk?
Or is singing about expressing yourself, as you are now? Or is it about tell someone how much you love them? Or singing a tired, fussy puppy to sleep?
And when you see someone perform...are you most interested in seeing them not make any mistakes...or taking a moment to feel something with them?
Sometimes, like in math, you should stop when you make a mistake. Part of the point of math is to "get it right". Singing is rarely about this, and you risk taking the life out of singing if you focus too far into this...and oddly enough, in vocal technique, you'll notice more and get better when you get out of "trying to get the technique correct". There are long, complicated and interesting reasons for this...but that's for another class.
In this video, we'll take a look at how to stare down the risk of mistakes, and come out singing
Video Table of Contents:
Confidence the Action/Choice 00:00
Confidence the Action/Choice, part of the Confidence Series
00:31 Putting Your Confidence in a Friend and How Singing Can Feel Similar
1:13 Storytime: Nerves for no reason!
3:50 The challenge (especially for beginner singers) to find a space to practice confidence in expression without major consequences
5:00 What is a way to practice confidence the choice/action?
5:15 Look at how you respond to "mistakes" in your singing.
6:00 Why stopping when you make mistakes creates less trust in your voice which makes it harder to make the choice or take the action of confidence.
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