Inversion: The Millionaire Thinking Skill That Can Help You SING Better
I recently discovered the process of Inversion Thinking and how it can help you manifest, plan and navigate your way to better success in life, business and yes – even singing.
In fact, when I learned that Charlie Munger (Warren Buffet’s business partner) was a devotee of the “inversion thinking method”; which in a nutshell is where you focus on the opposite of what you do/don’t want to happen, I realised that this is exactly what I had been doing as a professional singer for many, many years without realising.
Instead of focusing on singing with a balanced onset, achieving a perfect vowel overtone, placing my voice forward, managing tension, twang, vowel modification – and about a million other things that we’re taught to do as singers.
I simply avoid a glottal onset, avoid speech sounds, avoid singing from the throat, avoid straining, avoid inefficient frequencies and avoid anything that flies in the face of a great sounding voice. Basically, if it’s going to sound bad or feel bad, then I simply don’t do it. Rather than finding ways to ‘fix’ my issues, I avoid the issues all together when I sing.
Basically, I’ve been singing with “The Inversion Method” for many years without even knowing what it is.
Avoiding the negative is often the most effective way to achieve the positive.
As a voice coach, it’s easy to only put out “perfect” performances and videos – the absolute best of my abilities filtered through the online lens that our Instagrammable, Facebook ready and YouTube personality world has created.
But instead, it’s really our EPIC FAILS that bring us together and create a connection with family/friends/clients/students/other artists.
If I tell you just how GREAT I am, you’re probably just going to brush over me like that photo of someone in your Instagram feed sipping a margarita on a Barbados beach surrounded by models – you KNOW it’s just a publicity shot, and it’s not real, so you just keep on scrolling through the blurred filter of the online avatars people create for themselves.
But if you see a photo of a waiter dropping a pizza, or a guy falling into a pool while spilling a tray of drinks – or in my case a voice coach saying that “Yes, I had this issue” and “No, I wasn’t a natural singer” – then you’re definitely going to look my way and see what I’ve got to say.
And here lies just some of the many ways that Inversion Thinking can help you become a better singer.
Inversion Thinking and Better Singing
Instead of focusing on the million things that you ‘need to do’ to become a good singer, instead, you need to think like a millionaire and focus on avoiding anything that give you a bad voice;
- Glottal onsets
- Strain and tension
- Speechy pronunciation
- Ugly tone
- Flipping between registers
- Reaching and clamping
- Anything that makes you hoarse
I know that seems easier said than done, but as someone who has been doing this specific process for over a decade myself, it’s actually easier than you think.
The key is your practice routine.
Instead of practicing scales for hours on end trying to ‘build’ a good voice like you’re at the gym, start from the smallest sound you can possibly muster while avoiding any strain, tension or register breaks.
Over time with more and more practice, you can start adding more and more depth to your sound, more range, more power, an interesting tone – all while avoiding anything that flies in the face of a great sounding voice.
You might think I’m talking semantics here, but “good technique” and “avoiding bad technique” are actually two wholly different things, and the latter is really where Inversion Thinking can help you become a truly great singer.
Instead of training ways that I can sing with a better onset – I spend much of my time avoiding the wrong kinds of onsets, the wrong vowels, the wrong kind of resonance; Inversion Thinking has helped me become a better singer, and it’s going to help you too.
And while I’m at it, I’d love to share with you the NUMBER ONE most important thing you will ever learn as a singer;
There are four register overtones for each vowel that you sing.
If you’ve been wondering why your favourite singers seem to have endless range while hitting notes you could only ever dream of – it’s because they’re accessing the higher vowel overtones that you haven’t yet discovered.
Let me show you how to find the four vowel overtones in the free lesson below (you can also watch the full video with a “before and after” of my own singing voice here):
Having BIG DREAMS as a singer means you need a BIG VOICE to match – watch the video above to hear my “before and after” and learn how you’re going to build a big voice too!
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