Today I’m talking about vocal auditions . . . . your absolute favorite thing 😖 😲, I know! – Why you get so psyched out. – Why performances always go better. – Why it doesn’t have to be that way! I explain ALL those things and give you the key to nailing those vocal auditions in this recent FB live. Watch here: You need to know this! And one more thing. . . . . .while you’re there watching the Live training, come join my FB group The Pro Singer Success Collective. This group is all about how to become the most successful singers we can be, and we don’t do it by shaming singers to work harder. We do it by getting REAL and understanding how to work SMARTER rather than harder so we can have everything that we want. This group is for singers who already have technical training looking to up-level their career. Click here to JOIN US in this free Facebook Group today!
If you’ve been a member of my tribe for a while now, you know that one of the things that feeds my soul is gardening. Every summer I do a vegetable garden with my daughter (who’s now 6yrs old – just. can’t. handle.) I was out in my garden this morning picking more cucumbers then I know what to do with (have any good pickle recipes??) and so many luscious tomatoes (salsa anyone??) and I was thinking about the mindset of a gardener – how we plant seeds, patiently and diligently tend them daily with water, the right amount of sunlight, careful to mind for weeds and pests, giving them strength and longevity with compost and fertilizer to ensure that these seeds grow into hearty, robust plants that will yield the most amazing fruits. We know we can’t rush the process – the seeds sprout and blossom in their own time – but if we are consistent in our care and cultivation, the fruits of our labor will be bountiful and rewarding. I think you know where I’m going with this. I can find singing metaphors in just about anything!! And this one hits home all the way.
I’ve got a question for you. . . . How do you feel about singing in your head voice? Is it no biggie? Or do you cringe at the mere thought of it? Or somewhere in between? If you’re a classical singer: You probably luuuuuuuuuuv singing in your head voice. After all, it’s the warm fuzzy place you call home ninety percent of the time. It’s your happy place – UNTIL – someone asks you to sing a contemporary pop type song (think cousin Ida who will just die unless you sing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” at her wedding) and then you panic! You think: How do I sing those notes in a healthy way without shoving my chest voice up too high? If I use my head voice I’ll sound like an opera singer trying to sing pop which is the worst. (Sigh – maybe I’ll be mysteriously sick for the wedding) How do I sing in head voice for pop music? If you’re a pop singer: You probably have more of a love-hate relationship with singing in your head voice. Using head voice for pop music seems to bring up all kinds of anxiety and confusion. Maybe you’ve even gone so far
Introducing my Live Group Online Vocal Coaching Classes!! Here’s how I feel right now: I feel 12 cups of coffee, double rainbow, pile-of-puppies excited. And I hope you do too, because if you’ve been wanting to coach with me one-on-one but your budget has been a little tight, here’s a way we can work together: My Live Group Online Vocal Coaching Class You get to learn my secret sauce right from the source so you can avoid the mistakes and habits even smart singers make. Are you PUMPED?!?!?! I’ve been leveraging these techniques for a long time, but have never shared them in this kind of online group format. Which is crazy, I know!! But technology now makes it so easy for me to give you individualized attention in a group setting in this online vocal coaching class. You’ll leave each class with some clear, actionable tools for your vocal technique that will help move you closer to singing with your full potential. If you’ve already registered, you’re SO on it! I’ll see you in class. If you haven’t registered. . . .what are you waiting for??? I will be holding these classes regularly so join my free Virtual Voice Studio HERE to get notified about
Having a present moment sensory awareness of your body while you sing is a MAJOR key ingredient to your ability to take your singing to that next level. One thing I know for sure: you can not change what you are not aware of. So an essential component of singing to your potential, and the thing that has the biggest effect on how successful you are in doing so, is your ability to be present to ALL the sensations of your singing in your body in the moment (both the efficient and the inefficient). Rather then writing a lengthy blog, today I’m pulling back the curtain and taking you inside my studio to be a fly on the wall as I work with one of my students on this very thing – returning to the present moment sensory awareness of her body while singing. In today’s video you will learn one of the exact step-by-step methods I use (that you can use too!) linking present moment sensory awareness to your vocal technique. Spoiler alert! This video isn’t filled with sexy high notes, power belting or fast passage work designed to impress you. Nope. This is the nitty-gritty work. It ain’t
A little bit of business first: TOMORROW (Thurs 1/31) I will be LIVE ON FACEBOOK at 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7pm GMT for the very first time! Click HERE to watch live or view the saved video later. Episode 1 Topic: The #1 thing that will up-level your understanding of breath support for singing. This is the MOST fundamental and FIRST thing I teach all of the singers who come to work with me privately, regardless if they’re an advanced singer or relatively new to technique. In my opinion, it’s the foundation that all other good singing technique is built on and I’ve got a whole new perspective on it for you LIVE TOMORROW. If you’ve been coasting along with the same understanding of support for a while, wondering if there’s another layer of ease and consistency in your singing, I hope you will watch. Now, enough business. Getting back to my subject for today. . . . . . My favorite mindfulness teacher posted something on his Instagram a few days ago that I really want to share with you. I always say that when you change your thinking, you change your singing – and this post really made me
Lately I’ve been noticing just how much confusion and frustration singers have around breath support and breathing for singing. Singers can get SO down on themselves when they don’t feel their breath is beneath them. Do you relate? You’re tired of the fear of not making it to the end of the phrase. You wonder why your high notes feel strained. You’re frustrated when you don’t consistently sing the way you want to. You start blaming yourself that it’s all your fault you don’t really have what it takes. You start wondering if you are talented enough to be on this path. The Inner Critic runs riot when, in reality. . . . . it’s not your fault! It ALL comes down to breath support. And you just haven’t been given the right tools to unlock the foundation of your support yet. In my 20 years of helping singers and being a professional singer myself, I’ve discovered this: The key to unlocking the foundation of good singing starts with getting under the hood to understand a few simple concepts about the physiology of breath support and sound. It’s a step that SO often gets skipped. But that stops today!! Now
Wow, how is it New Years already?!?! The last days of 2018 are upon us. No doubt, some beautiful and wondrous things have happened on your artistic journey over the past twelve months. You’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks, too. Which brings me to the NEW YEARS GIFT I’m giving you today. To celebrate the start of a brand new year, and to give you a tool to realize the potential of your singing in 2019 . . . . . I am giving you my SING WITHOUT TENSION guided meditation. GET MEDITATION My meditation practice has made a huge difference in my singing and I want you to experience it too. There’s such a deep connection between the mind and the body that is incredibly transformative if you know how to tap into it. My goal for you in the coming year is to be able to sing with your most free, healthy, powerful and beautiful voice. This guided meditation will help you deepen your self-awareness to let go of the mindset creating tensions in the body that negatively affect your singing and prevent you from realizing your potential. It’s powerful and SO worth your
I always knew I wanted to be a singer. But until I started working with all of you over a decade ago, I would have never known that what fulfills me the most, ignites my passion and drive, brings me incredible joy and humbles me daily is teaching. You may think you are the student, but I learn from you every single day. You inspire me with your dedication and willingness to be brave on this exciting and sometimes frustrating path. I am grateful to you for trusting me to be a part of your process, your development and your artistic journey. When you shine, my heart is full! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. All my love and gratitude, Arden
It’s so awkward being at a show and watching a singer work really, really hard. You see their neck veins pop out, their breaths are gasping and labored as they push and squeeze the phrases out. They have no idea how to sing without strain and it’s exhausting to watch. Have you seen a singer like this? Nothing is worse. Well, I take that back. . . .there is something worse. . . . . BEING that singer who’s pushing, squeezing and otherwise working waaaaaay too hard. Not only does it alienate your audience, it just doesn’t feel good to sing that way. The truth is, your body wants to sing without strain. If singing doesn’t feel good, that’s your body telling you that you’re not doing it right. With efficient technique, singing feels effortless. It doesn’t feel like work. In fact, it hardly feels like anything at all . . . . except really, really great! If it feels like a whole lot of work, your body is signaling that you haven’t quite found the sweet spot of efficiency yet. But have no fear! Finding the sweet spot of efficiency is not as elusive as it sounds. One of