Expand Your Vocal Library
Is your listening library of singers limited? Do you find yourself listening to the same recordings and artists over and over? You can supercharge your growth as a singer by listening regularly to a variety of singers. Expose yourself to new sounds and study recordings from singers that have an impact on you. Refine your appreciation for music and broaden your musical tastes. Study what great singers of the past and present have done, and apply your discoveries to improve your performance and develop your own unique expression. Here are a few tips to expand your knowledge of great singers and songs:
1. Live Music
There is nothing quite like the energy of a great live in-person concert or music festival. Live music gives you an up close and personal connection to various artists, songs, performance techniques; and will enliven your motivation to practice your craft. If more convenient, there are also many live (or recorded live) performances available online, as an alternative.
2. Digital Radio and Music Podcasts
Through the power of the internet you can browse hundreds of stations and podcasts specializing in different genres of music. Listen casually while at home or in the car. If you hear a song or singer you like, take note of the title, album, and artist for a deeper dive later.
3. Talk to people
Music can make for an engaging conversation topic! Ask the people in your life what singers and songs they love. Ask for some current and ‘old school’ recommendations. Consider trading playlists and top 10s with them. Keep an open mind; broaden your horizons.
These are just a few tips. In what ways do YOU expand your knowledge of great singers and songs? Challenge yourself each week to find and listen to a few songs and singers that are new to you. Make it a lifetime practice.
Happy listening and enjoy the journey!