The Star Spangled High Note

All of her life, Stella wanted to be a singer.
 
She came to me with a real desire to improve her chops; and her goal was to eventually sing well enough to perform in public.  The good news was that she came equipped with plenty of built-in musical skills.  She had a wonderful tone, a great sense of rhythm and a strong sense of pitch. The bad news was that she carried an overwhelming belief of inadequacy.  Despite my repeated attempts to assure her that she had all the natural components for an amazing voice, she still had a hard time believing that she was any good.   

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The Psychology of Nervousness

Hello Artists, 

Years ago, it was another Friday night out and someone challenged me to sing a song at Karaoke.  Despite my better nature, I got up there and chose a song that I was familiar with.  Then the nerves kicked in.  This wasn’t your garden-variety nerve reaction, but an earthquake of nerves that started in my right foot and cascaded embarrassingly up to my knee. While I read words from the screen and did my best to sing out the lyric, my leg started to shake. It shook so badly, in fact, that it felt like some foreign entity had taken over my body and I was helpless to stop the violent arching movements.  I’m sure my friends noticed, but were polite enough to keep this oddity to themselves once I got back to the table.

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Rachel
What Is Artist Development?

Artist development is about the process of becoming an artist who stands strong, remains unique and has longevity in the face of the new music industry.

After years of working with singers and musicians, I’ve identified 5 essential elements that artists must think about while they are developing their musical careers.

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The 10 Point Singer's System - Part II

Welcome to Part II of The Singer’s System.

Last week we talked about the Horizontal Axis where we broke down 5 elements of the voice:

  • #1 Head Voice

  • #2 Upper Transition

  • #3 Middle Voice

  • #4 Lower Transition  

  • #5 Chest Voice 

This week let’s talk about the Vertical Axis of the Singer’s System. The Vertical Axis is where the fun stuff happens - style, uniqueness and where the singer has an opportunity to put some secret sauce on their chops. 

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The 10 Point Singer's System - Part I

The Singer’s System gives you a roadmap to help you navigate your way. It’s a map pointing you toward vocal improvement and increased vocal style. The time you spend on learning how to properly sing will be well worth your efforts.  

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Rachel