Want To Be a Great Singer? 5 Organisational Skills You Need

Want To Be a Great Singer?

5 Organisational Skills You Need

 

It's easy to get bogged down in technique when you're learning how to be a better singer.

But what good is vowel modification or register overtones when you can't seem to find time to practice, and you can't stick to a routine and schedule?

I'm about to share 5 Organisational Skills You Need if you want to become a seriously great singer - and I'm not just talking about scheduling time in your calendar to practice each day, I'm talking about within your actual practice routine and in your physical approach to singing - if you're just practicing scales without learning to apply something you've developed from all that practice, then you my friend need these 5 core organisational skills that every great singer needs to learn.

But before I share them with you (you can scroll down the page if you're just 'itching to get at them straight away), I want to share with you the #1 Worst Vocal Time Waster.

Vocal kryptonite.

Vocal poison.

The #1 thing that is WASTING your time as a singer.

 

Cause And Effect

I know, it's not a fancy buzz word or some crazy technique taught to me by monks in the mountains of Italy - but it's the absolute truth.

When it comes to great singing, learning to identify CAUSE and EFFECT is key to moving forward and making serious progress.

In fact, there's only FOUR things you have to do to become a ridiculously spectacular, off the charts, world conquering, godzilla smashing, range soaring vocal monster.

So why are you focusing on TWENTY different things from glottal compression to a lowered larynx to nasality to a nasty tone to weakness when they're just an "effect" of poor technique rather than the cause?

Now, if you've come across from my free vocal plan, I've already shared The Four Vocal Fundamentals video with you (about 4 times so far - if you were wondering JUST how important it is), so I'm going to share something a little different with you here to help you organise your technique and 'compartmentalise' in the way only excellent singers do.

In fact, this is the #1 vocal TIME WASTER.

The achilles heel.

Vocal kryptonite.

Indentifying true Cause and Effect is going to change your life as a singer.

This is THE reason that my students see so much growth and success when they only spun their wheels with other methods - yeah, even the super famous, stupidly expensive, mega popular ones that my studio is often ranked in the Top Ten Vocal Methods in the world with.

Watch the video below to learn how I identify Cause and Effect in my student's voices

So now you probably understand why those tips on YouTube, or even the course you bought or lessons you took a few years ago did little to help you sing any better; they were treating the "effect" instead of the "cause" of your issues. Whether it's a lack of range, an ugly tone, strain and tension - the key is really to develop a Rock Solid foundation for your voice first to address the cause of these issues first, then work towards building and growing your voice from that solid slab.

Trust me - it absolutely WORKS.

 

#1 - Time Management

Time management is a critical part of reaching your goals. It might not be super exciting to book 15 minutes a day into your calendar to warm up with lip trills - but for me, it's been a habit for the last decade that I've actually come to enjoy.

The REASON that I enjoy my little 15 minutes of trill each day is because it's a functional part of my ability to sing well - as I focus on connection, fluidity, freedom and form with a lip trill, I can almost feel my voice moving into position and 'building the foundation' that I need to sing the way that I enjoy.

For me personally, separating my routine into the base elements of breathing and connection using lip trills first with no other exercises or sounds has been a life changing experience, and the efficiency of my warmup routine and time manage skills have improved out of sight just by putting a few minutes aside to go through a few trills without overthinking things or trying to rush.

Time management as a singer is an incredibly critical skill for many other reasons, not just the obvious like your practice schedule.

How long does it take to get to the gig? Are you going to practice before you leave, or at the venue? Is there a break between sets - and do you need a cooldown period or some more warmups for your second set?

And what about studio time booked to record vocals? Do you have harmonies written already? What order are you going to sing the songs - and again, do you need a cooldown period, warmups or time to troubleshoot any issues between songs? I hate to say it - but we're not all in a position to spend months and months of the year living in a studio like Metallica do when they make a record; you've got to be on point, you have to be ready, and you really need to nail it in the first few goes.

Being a great singer is about more than just awesome technique and a killer voice - time management is actually one of the most critical skills you need to learn to be a powerhouse, professional singer.

making serious progress.

In fact, there's only FOUR things you have to do to become a ridiculously spectacular, off the charts, world conquering, godzilla smashing, range soaring vocal monster.

So why are you focusing on TWENTY different things from glottal compression to a lowered larynx to nasality to a nasty tone to weakness when they're just an "effect" of poor technique rather than the cause?

Now, if you've come across from my free vocal plan, I've already shared The Four Vocal Fundamentals video with you (about 4 times so far - if you were wondering JUST how important it is), so I'm going to share something a little different with you here to help you organise your technique and 'compartmentalise' in the way only excellent singers do.

#2 - Application

We're heading back to the technical side of things again with this one.

"An idea can only become reality once it is broken down into organized, actionable elements"

Again, what's the point of practicing vowel modification if you don't know how to use it in a song? Organising your vocal technique into a set of actionable steps is intrinsic to a professional approach.

I like to call this Practical Application - and it's an important step in the process of not only building a great voice, but also one of the most important steps in becoming a super consistent singer that nails it every single time you step up to the microphone.

My favourite way of developing practical application is to use a set of 'reference songs' throughout my warmup to test how well I'm applying/work on applying each technique that I'm developing. Starting with something super easy, I just focus on connection, freedom and resonance. As I move forward in my warmup routine I move onto more and more challenging songs - returning to any techniques and exercises I feel aren't being applied in the right way - and before I know it, I'm wailing in the 5th octave like it's a piece of cake.

Practical application really is one of the most important skills you're going to need as a great singer. Developing a step-by-step approach to warming up and then singing actual songs is the key to application of great technique.

#3 - Chunking

Chunking is actually a term I learned as a guitarist - basically, the brain can't process multiple pieces of information at the same moment quickly/very efficiently. For example, if you're shredding along a scale at breakneck speed, your brain isn't actually recalling every single note that you need to play like "note 1-note 2-note 3-note 4", it's really recalling patterns "1234-1234-1234" as chunks of stored information, hence the funny name chunking.

Singing is much the same in many ways. For example, I couldn't tell you every single note I'm singing in a vocal line like "A4 on the word Love, C5 on the word Me, B4 on the word Tender" - I'm really recalling the vocal line as a learned 'chunk' of information, the lyrics to the song as a 'chunk' of information and any stylistic choices too.

This is also super helpful in your warmup and development routine - rather than agonising about each sound, each note, each technique, you just need to learn each exercise as a 'chunk' of information, then the subsequent steps of "Support, balanced onset, vowel overtone, register" as another chunk. With this simple approach to recalling information, you will get better and better each day instead of starting fresh like you're learning to ride a bike for the first time every time you practice singing.

I could list pages of ways that chunking is helpful in your development as a singer - lyrics, melodies, phrases, style choices, vowel modifications and so forth. By learning to 'chunk' the information you're learning in singing lessons, vocal courses and in your vocal routine - you'll make solid chunks of progress along the way much faster than if you're trying to remember, apply and process too much all at once.

#4 - Review, Reflect and Reference

I'm often asked "but how do I know I'm doing it correctly?", and the answer is in your ability to Review, Reflect and Reference.

I mentioned reference songs a little earlier up the page, but review and reference is really an honest reflection of how it felt to perform a line and ultimately - how good it sounds.

Self review and reflection is one of the fastest ways to improve any skill, in particular singing. Many singers often think that "close enough is good enough", but in essence they're not being honest in their reflection of their performance. That dodgy onset, the pitchiness, the odd squeak - within the frame of a long vocal line, these little flubs might not seem like a big deal; but if you're cutting corners and not being honest with yourself in self reflection, then you're going to make these mistakes again and again and again.

Review, Reflect and Reference my friends.

#5 - Routine

We've already spoken about time management and many other important organisational skills that are going to help you progress as a singer much faster than if you were to approach it in a haphazard and chaotic way - but what about a specific routine?

This is where Cause and Effect REALLY come into play in your singing.

There's no point practicing scales and exercises over and over again if they're not addressing the root cause of your issues, and helping you develop great technique to have the effect of a great sounding voice.

I'll admit, I personally wasted YEARS practicing exercises and scales - and I honestly had no idea what they were for, I thought you just "practiced scales" to "get a good voice", when you really need to develop your foundation with each exercise and learn to apply each of The Four Vocal Fundamentals so you can growth your voice; it really is that simple.

In the Foundation and Growth courses - I've taken over 20 years experience, a decade of professional coaching experience and the fact I've tried almost every other method out there; and ultimately designed THE course that I wish I had learned from when I was a beginner singer.

There's an EASIER way.

My approach to singing isn't structured like most courses out there - I wasn't a naturally great singer that just started telling other people to sing better.

I sucked.

My tone sucked.

People even TOLD ME that I sucked.

I strained.

I struggled.

High notes seemed like a joke to me, or maybe that I was just the joke.

Until I learned the difference between Cause and Effect in singing. 

If your larynx is raising when you sing - the real issue is how you're forming your vowels.

If your voice is nasal, you don't need to sing darker - you need to close the velar-pharnygeal port.

If your voice is stuck in your throat, you don't need to OPEN your throat - you need to raise the soft palate.

If you can't sing high notes, you don't need support - you need Mixed Voice.

That's a LOT of different techniques, concepts and tools that you need to juggle to be a great singer, right?

I once bought a guitar course (admittedly it was the early 2000's) that was just a zip file with a bunch of unorganised videos in no particular order; the content was great, but it was all but IMPOSSIBLE to stick with the program because of the chaotic way it was provided to me. Obviously, the very first thing I did was skip to the very last video hoping for some magic 'secret' that never came - when it should have been set out in a clear, organised way to help me reach my full potential.

I want to help you avoid this kind of thing, so the courses are set out in two different stages, the "informative" stage where I'll introduce and explain each concept needed to develop your voice, the the "practical" stage where we go through it together and start warming up and exercising your voice (there's also a super cool "setup" stage in Foundation 101 that gives you a bunch of pointers about how to actually use The Four Vocal Fundamentals).

That's why I've designed the Foundation & Growth vocal method; to be the vocal method I truly wish that I could have learned from day one rather than spending so many years chasing my tail.

If you want to be a seriously organised, perpetually prepared, ultra switched-on singer - the courses are set out in a way specifically designed to help you reach your goals and stay organised along the way.

PS. I Won't Share This Again

I know, I know - you've seen The Four Vocal Fundamentals video like FOUR times already, and I just keep giving you more, more and MORE cool stuff to work on.

But this is it.

I'm not going to share this with you again.

I didn't even mean to share so much overwhelming stuff with you - but I got carried away.

You can see how passionate I am.

...And how terrible my marketing and business skills are; I just keep giving and giving and giving and asking nothing in return.

But that's changing VERY soon.

When my booking calendar is filled for March, 2021 I'm retiring the "2010 prices" that I've been running with for the past decade my studio has been running (yep, we're that established!) and updating my cost, profit and loss margin; basically, I just can't afford to keep my courses at this crazy price. The cost of hosting the courses on my website alone basically obliterates my profit.

Sorry for getting personal again - I just REALLY want you to reap the benefits of the courses before they're bumped up to the same cost as the Top Ten Vocal Methods in the world that they're ranked with.

Hell - my students even have more YouTube followers than I do using the vocal method that I taught them. It's just crazy.

But it's got to stop.

As of March 7, 2021 there are only a few remaining calendar spots available.

Foundation/Growth/Skype Pack

  • Learn to sing in mixed voice
  • Form your vowels properly
  • Master The Four Vocal Fundamentals
  • Increase your range
  • Improve your tone
  • Sing with a balanced onset
  • Sing in full voice through your full range
  • Modify your vowels for a stronger mix
  • Sing with compression to add power and colour to your singing
  • Sing consonant sounds with ease
  • Take your singing to the next level
  • Get real coaching and feedback
  • Set tangible short/medium/long term goals
  • Apply what you've learned

Build a CRAZY vocal range

With the Foundation/Growth/Skype Pack

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