It’s time to set the record straight. It’s time to get past all these myths about singing, and how many hoops you have to jump through to do it. It’s time to get past all the fluff and BS associated with “proper technique,” and work in a direction that actually serves you as a singer, and all of that can be summed up in one phrase…

“Be True to Yourself”

I’ve been a student of singing ever since I was young. I’ve learned many different techniques to help improve my voice, but one thing I’ve noticed is often times the more I learn, the more I sing mechanically. This is not good. Singing is not just a science, even if the vocal coach side of me wants to make it one. It CAN’T be just science because if it was, no one would listen or care. Singing is reckless, filled with emotion, and unpredictable. Its purpose is to evoke emotion in the listener. That’s why we all love music so much in the first place. It makes us feel a little bit deeper, which in turn makes us feel just a little bit more alive. Now, does this mean that learning more about singing is bad? Absolutely not. We can’t get across the river unless we learn how to build a bridge. But once the bridge is in place, all we have to do is walk across it. And once a singer has built their voice, they should switch their focus from the building stage to being uniquely themselves vocally, because that’s what people want to hear in the first place. They want to hear you unapologetically pouring yourself out sharing the beautiful work of art you hear inside of you. You are the artist. All someone like me can do is help give you more colours on your pallet. But while we’re adding to your colour wheel, don’t forget to start creating on your canvas. If you do, you’ll be robbing yourself and the world of your gift.

Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

ps – I debated whether or not I should’ve posted this since it’s less “how-to” based and verges on rambling. So, if you would, let me know if you like this type of article by hitting the like button and/or comment below so I’ll know if I should share random thoughts like this in the future.

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