Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to Catch the Spirit While Singing

There comes a time in every singer's life in which the magic of music seems to have disappeared. The singer is on stage and the thrill and inspiration that originally drew the performer to the music in the first place just isn't there anymore. The spirit of singing an emotionally charged piece seems to be something that can come and go at a moment's notice. While finding inspiration in every song you sing may be unrealistic, there are techniques vocalists can use to keep their inspiration and spirit strong.

Step 1

Start with your technique. Make sure that you can comfortably sing the music. Be honest with yourself: is the song too difficult for you to sing at your current level? If this is the case, put the song aside until you have developed more skill. Look for a vocal teacher to help you improve your technique. If you can't sing the song because of the technique, you will never catch the spirit while singing.

Step 2

Memorize the music. In order to attach meaning to a song and truly get into the notes, you must first have the music memorized. If you are concentrating only on singing the right notes, you will become detached from the music and less capable of expressing yourself.

Step 3

Learn about the music and the composer. Discover the meaning behind the words and try to put yourself in the position of the composer or songwriter. Aim to think like the composer and acquire a deep understanding of the piece through research and study. If you don't know anything about the song or the composer who wrote it, you may find it difficult to feel inspired while singing.

Step 4

Sing with your eyes closed now that you have the music memorized and know a little more about the piece. Imagine a vivid scenario that accurately depicts the song. Imagery can help a singer project the music more accurately and connect more deeply with the music.

Step 5

Ask yourself whether you are burnt out and need a break from the song. Sometimes, if the previous steps don't work, you may just need some time off from the song. Don't stop practicing every day, but put aside the music that is causing you issues.

Step 6

Experience life and enjoy yourself. If you are working too hard and never leaving the house or enjoying the company of friends, it may become difficult to express yourself with music. Experience is the key to finding inspiration. Singers with more life experience have more emotions to tap into when singing.