How To Sing Better Than Anyone Else? Faster Progress! Here’s How!
This video answers the question: How To Sing Better Than Anyone Else? When we learn to sing, either with a teacher giving us immediate feedback or with a video recording, we watch with our eyes, hear with our ears and sing with our throat and mouth.
But why don’t you sing exactly right when your teacher shows you how to do it? Inside this video you’ll learn to sing exactly right so you can make faster progress.
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Here are three of the many reasons why you don’t know how to sing better than anyone else even though your teacher demonstrates it perfectly.
1. You’re processing a lot of information at one time. It’s impossible to grasp it all. Even if you mimic it exactly, you don’t know what you did or how you sounded.
2. There are dozens of thoughts and emotions simultaneously flooding your brain consciously and subconsciously, making awareness and learning very difficult. For example: “I hope it doesn’t take a long time to learn to sing, I’m so glad I’m here, I wonder if I have a good voice or not, is my teacher trying to change my voice? I’m never going to learn to sing”.
3. You’ve got other pressures in your life and on your mind that prevent learning in this moment. “I can’t believe what a crappy day it’s been, I never want to go through that again, maybe I should change jobs”, and so on.
You will learn to sing better than anyone else, faster by developing a critical skill: Awareness. We all try to be focused and aware during our singing lessons or video courses, but for many reasons, deep learning is limited. This slows our progress and results way down. Soon we get tired of the lack of results and stop trying.
To help you build your awareness so you can learn and progress rapidly, here are four questions to help you improve your awareness of what you actually experience in your singing lessons. I call these, “Awareness Questions”.
The best way to learn these is to do them. I will take you through an exercise so you experience using awareness questions.
I’ll demonstrate how to sing “Ney” in an exercise and then you’ll do it.
Before beginning, turn on your smart phone and record yourself doing this exercise. Pause this video if you need to and get your phone, open the recording app and start recording.
Ready? Are you recording? OK. If you can’t do it now, listen and do it later when you can record yourself.
Here we go. Just say a regular “ney”.
Now say it exaggerated but just using the outer edges of the vocal cords softly like this: “ney”. “ney, ney, ney”. Do it kind of funny. “Ney, ney, ney”.
Now sing it funny in an exercise: Men sing it here.[Demo Octave Repeat Ab3] Women sing it here. [Demo Octave Repeat C#4]
Don’t let the vowel spread wide as you sing the scale like this: [Demo] Keep the vowel the same throughout the scale. It’s almost like you are singing more on the “e” than the “a” like this. [Demo]
The Awareness System is based on four questions. Each question will have several answers.
Awareness Question #1: What did I see when my teacher demonstrated the exercise?
Answer this question for yourself. In this case, you need to see me in the video.
Your answer may be something like this: “The shape of my teacher’s mouth was horizontal his front teeth were easily visible. His jaw was relaxed, and opened and closed easily. It seemed his larynx was slightly elevated”.
Awareness Question #2: What did I hear when my teacher demonstrated the exercise?
Again, answer this question for yourself.
Possible answers: “My teacher said the ‘ney’ was exaggerated or funny. It was about medium to medium soft. He said he was just using the outer edges of the vocal cords. Air escaping made it sound breathy or lighter.
Awareness Question #3: What did I sing in the exercise?
Answer this question now and then listen to yourself doing it on your recording. If you can, answer the question now and then pause this video and listen to how you actually did it.
Was there a difference in what you thought you sang, and the recording of you singing ney? Take a moment now, or when you come back to this exercise, and let me know in the comments section below.
Can you describe what you actually sang when you did the exercise?
Possible answers may be something like, “I sang the ‘ney’ exaggerated, but it was louder that my teacher’s demo. It was heavier than his example. Or I thought I did it exaggerated, but it sounded way too normal”.
Awareness Question #4: How can I sing it more like the demonstration? Answer that question now. You may find it very helpful to listen to the demonstration and compare it to your doing the exercise. Record yourself doing it again and compare it to my demonstration and both of your results.
What’s the difference? Leave your answer in the comments section below this Youtube video.
Record your lessons and listen to the recording. Practice and record your practice session and listen to it. Ask these Awareness questions.
What did I see? What did I hear? What did I sing? How can I sing it like the demo?
This is the way to create incredible awareness during and after your lesson.
I promise you, if you invest your time using these Awareness Questions, you’ll know how to sing better than anyone else. You’ll “10 X” your awareness and results as a singer!
On the other hand, if you keep doing what you are doing, you’ll continue to get the same results.
Apply these Awareness Questions to the exercises for your vocal type.
Do you know your vocal type? Your vocal type is not whether you are soprano, alto tenor or bass. Your vocal type describes what you tend to do when you sing through the bridge of your voice.
To discover your vocal type, download this free PDF entitled Get Your Vocal Type. You can get it here, or in the description area below this YouTube video.
Take the test and get your vocal type. Then watch the videos about your vocal type and download the exercises for your vocal type. Don’t just mindlessly do these exercises. Use the Awareness Questions to sharpen your learning for faster results. At first it will slow you down. But, it won’t take long to experience rapid and informed improvement.
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