Our minds get in the way of our body singing freely. What to do?
Exercises in mentality
There are ways in which we can free ourselves from the shackles of our limiting thoughts. As the song from Frozen goes: Let it go, let it go!
Were you told you are bad at singing? – my manifesto
I interviewed people in the park. Where they told they can't sing in a recent or not so recent past? And how did that
Performance exercises will save your ass
After reading this article you'll see how performance exercises can have such an immediate impact on your performance. You'll be more expressive, you'll sing
Mistakes and obstacles as a performer
Podcast with guitarist and guitar teacher Vincent JanseWe talked about the mental side of performing. In front of an online audience of mostly his
Kill those moments of hesitation
There was a time when I spent all my hard-earned babysitting money on plane tickets to New York, where I took private classes with
Why is making a fool of yourself good for your voice?
What do you see in this photo? A bunch of people making foolish faces…most of them comedians… A-ha… anything else? I see great singing
Performing is something you can and should practice. It's a different beast, obeying its own rules.
The golden rule of preparing for a performance
Preparing for a show is not about singing well. I know that sounds absolutely crazy.But vocal technique is your job in daily life. In
Singing on stage: 5 psychological principles
After reading this article you’ll know what your intention should be when stepping on stage, and how to deal with negative thoughts popping up.
Awkward things that audience members tell musicians after a show
I interviewed my good friend singer Noam Vazana about the strange, funny and sweet things - but most of all the awkward things - that
Overcoming stage fright: how I got over mine
How to overcome stage fright? I think my own struggle can teach us all some lessons. In another place I mentioned how my dad
speaking about the mental game...
In my online course, I take you through all the steps of the mental journey you want to take.
Your new mantra
One of the most self-destructive phenomena for singers, artists and people in general is merciless self criticism. We put ourselves down so much that we waste tons of time we could have put to good use making progress.
Now, leaving behind self-criticism it’s easier said than done - you can’t just push a button or flip a switch and stop beating yourself up.
The alternative: your new mantra
- First understand: you cannot stop beating yourself up if you tell yourself to stop - that’s a form of beating yourself up!
- Understand that if that’s your habit (the self-bashing or any other kind of bad singing habit) it will take time to get used to an alternative.
- What you should do: every time you don’t like the result, whether you yelled at yourself or not, repeat this mantra.
If you do something that your body is not used to be doing -
it will take time for the body to get used to it.
In fact, print this mantra out and hang it next to your mirror!
About the author
I'm an opera singer and (online) voice teacher, based in Amsterdam. It took me more than a decade to overcome my share of mental and physical issues and reach a professional level as a singer. Because of this background, and my 10+ years of teaching experience, I believe I can speed up your learning curve as a singer.
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