I’m sure I need to insert some pithy quote here. Maybe something about “working hard being everything” would be good.  We’ll pretty much, it is.

I have heard that Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Doing nothing over and over again and expecting to be great singer borders on insanity as well. It is amazing to me that singers come in expecting to sing notes and licks currently inaccessible to them. They smile and tell me the song they want to sing. We try it. Sometimes even with obvious cracks, flips, flat notes, they smile and tell me that they hit it just fine at home or they promise they can get it if I let them warm up some more. Why is it that we would rather give excuses than give ourselves to working hard? ….because, it’s hard. A singer will have to hear themselves sounding poorly until they gain the coordination they need. Some singers would  rather wish than have to sound bad.

Hard work can only begin when you accept where you are, your gifts, your leanings, and your range.

  • Set a goal and get to work.
  • Warm up your voice and sing everyday.
  • Intentionally find songs that challenge your range.
  • Ruthlessly eliminate stain of all kinds.
  • Listen to great singers who inspire you.
  • Challenge yourself to sing new styles.

Find a great singer whose range is really close to yours and learn their songs, mimic them just to explore some new sounds and gain some new musical muscle memory.

You have to work, not wish to be come a great singer. You can’t will it to happen. It takes practice, acceptance of where you are, what you need to do to improve and then…..more practice.

Ready, Set, Sing!

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Marjorie Searcy

Marjorie Searcy brings unique experience to the field of vocal coaching. She is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville where she studied commercial voice and music education. Having performed everything from classical to country, rock and jazz, her emphasis is on providing singers with the technique to effectually communicate the style they enjoy.

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