3 Ways Your Mind is a Great Voice Changer
If you’re a guy, you might have experienced the clumsy voice changer known as puberty. And if you’re a human being, you’ve experienced the changing of your voice through natural growth from baby to adult. Those are interesting subjects, but they have nothing to do with what I wanna share with you today. Read on…
1. Your Mind’s Eye
Yep, you’ve got to see yourself singing. That’s why I asked you to imagine yourself singing years from now…so you could practice seeing it. When you can see yourself, in your mind’s eye, singing confidently in front of a group of listeners, you’re one third of the way to actually doing it. And don’t just see yourself singing…take it to the next level and see yourself in full control of a powerful and stylish voice. Are you starting to get a clear picture?
OK, now see yourself smiling. There’s sheer joy in singing when you keep yourself in the moment. See the troubles of the world fall at your feet. Watch the problems in your life slip off your shoulders like a whispering wind. Marvel at your audience swept away in the moment with you. And see yourself floating weightless through every note, phrase, and inflection. You’re a singer. See it and believe it. Now, practice this kind of visualization in your spare time and before every rehearsal or performance. Your voice will thank you.
2. Your Mind’s Ear
Can you hear music when no music is playing? I’m not asking if you can recall your favorite song and the way it sounds. I mean actual notes and scales. Can you hear those? You should be able to, if you quiet your mind and listen. Set aside any distractions like your mobile device or your social accounts, and listen. Start by thinking of the the first note in a scale. DO. Got it? Doesn’t matter if it’s a C note or G or E. Just start with DO. Can you hear it? Good. Now move up the scale past RE, MI, FA, SO, LA, TI, and all the way to DO. Listen closely. This is important. Do you hear the sound of each note in your own voice? If you can’t, you might need to find somewhere even more quiet and secluded. And you might need to practice focused listening.
Focused listening starts in your mind’s ear. When you can clearly hear notes in your head and in your voice…and when you combine hearing yourself sing with seeing yourself sing, you’re two thirds of the way to actually doing it. But you’ve got one more area to deal with…
3. Your Mind’s Voice
Most successful singers, or successful people in anything, will probably tell you they’ve had to battle a nagging, negative voice inside their head. Have you ever heard that little voice in your mind…the one that says “you can’t do it”? Have you ever started to sing and thought, “What am I doing?” or “Who do I think I am?” If so, you’re not alone. But here’s what will set you apart…what will get you over that hurdle…what will give you a chance at being the singer you want to be…
…don’t be afraid to mess up. And tell that nagging voice in your mind who’s boss. Remember, you’re in control of your thoughts. And if you’ve been practicing your visualization and listening techniques, you should be able to think thoughts like…
- “I’m gonna sing the notes off this scale!” and
- “I can sing circles around this song!” and
- “I love singing so much, no one and nothing is gonna stop me!”
You can do it. Start right now. When you change the thoughts in your head, you’ll be well on your way to confidently controlling the three ways your singing voice is all in your mind.
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