When you listen to a recording of your voice, you have a pretty good idea of how people
hear you. But unless you spend a lot of time in front of the video camera, you have no idea how
they see you. That idea of perfecting the you that they see along with how you render the song you
sing is the area of Performance Coaching.
Your jobs are many.
Job 1 is to transfer the feelings that both the composer of a song has on
the subject and what you feel as well, to the listener. The more deeply you understand what the song is about,
the more you feel. Since you are the unique interpretor of the song in this moment, you will be linking to all
your life experiences that you are reminded of by the words of the song. The more powerful your
re-experiencing is, the more powerful your connection to the song.
Job 2 is to be transparent. Let the feelings well up in you. They need to show in your eyes and in
all the micro-expressions on your face. The more real your experience of the lyrics is, the more the listener will
identify with the song, and by extension, with you.
Job 3 is to remember that you are more than the sounds that you make. You are painting an
experience in this moment for the listener to have. Some of the brushes that you have to do this involve using your
hands and body to reinforce some of the most meaningful passages in the song. There is definitely a right and a
wrong way of doing this.
Job 4 relates to giving energy to the audience. This doesn't happen as well when you're in your own
world with your eyes closed. Look your audience in the eyes. Yes, it can be scary, but the reward is so worth it.
Audiences love intimate experiences. Let them feel like they're the only one in the room with you.
And the jobs go on. But what you need to remember, is that each and every style has a way that it
communicates. Sometimes it's dance moves. Sometimes it's something so subtle as slowly extending a hand and ever so
slightly turning your head to look at, drawing the audiences attention and filling the moment with meaning. Knowing
what movement, if any, the song wants at any given moment is something we call the T'ai Chi of Performance
Movement. The audience needs you to connect all the dots. This is an emotional gift you are giving them.
Performances can be life altering. I hear people reflecting all the time on amazing performances they have
witnessed that impact them to this day. If you want to be the performer who can move an audience that way, you've
got to know what you're doing. The Singinging Lesson Expert can help!
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