However, being the greedy teacher I am, when I hear a sound which works fairly well but could be better, I cannot help but work on it to improve it. Only I forgot: we have a performance coming up.
Getting overexcited with what we can do with the high note, I am afraid I gave Vincent too much to think about. Knowing in the back of your mind that the show is near, it adds pressure to the exercise you would otherwise do casually in the lesson.
So I ended up telling Vincent (shamelessly) to forget everything I said in the previous 10 minutes. It’s better to keep those tips for the long-hall-training (which I know Vincent is very good at) and focus on what he could do towards the show. That is: only what is working for you immediately and effectively. If it doesn’t click right now or doesn’t give you comfort or relief – drop it. Get back to it later.
How stable are quick wins?
There are some things you can keep in mind to get an immediate result. There is a catch though. It’s not stable. It will help sometimes, maybe even most of the time, but you cannot count on it necessarily, it’s a quick fix!
And in a show – well, our body behaves differently than in normal practice space. So maybe it will work, maybe not. Worth the try for sure. But do not expect to sing dramatically different.
Take that lesson with your teacher, if you think they will give you that boost, that tip to use instantly and the right things to focus on. After that – just go on stage and give a good show.
The eye sees first, the ear hears second. Give your audience an experience and give yourself to the performance, feel the emotions, try to feel comfortable. If you do – they will. If you enjoy, they will.
What do you do before a show if you are feeling a bit anxious? How would you encourage Vincent? We would love to hear your thoughts.
PS: also check out my other thoughts about online singing lessons.