How to Sing Correctly

Hello there in this video I want to address a really common type of question which is how do I know if I'm doing something right and it is a valid question and one that can seem sort of confusing and puzzling a lot of the time but I want to basically give you some really basic guidelines to gauge whether you're doing something right or as I like to say right ish or on the right track which is basically almost as good as right it means you're getting there versus how to know if you're doing something and you're completely off track I don't like to say wrong so just how to know if you're kind of out in left field and and maybe hindering progress as opposed to going toward it so I'm basically just going to break down some common ways to know that you're doing it and I'm going to in a productive way so when you're learning a new sensation or imitating me or trying to basically apply what you're learning through our lesson videos the first question I want you to ask yourself is does it feel comfortable and relaxing when you're working on something the only effort you should really work on feeling is effort from the breath if you feel like you have to push or scrunch or do something that feels uncomfortable you're probably not going in the right direction now that's not to say that when we when we create space where we do something new you might feel a new sensation you might feel a big expansive feeling but if any if ever a sensation creeps toward being uncomfortable like a good example is lifting your palate when you're lifting your soft palate it's a released feeling but if you start to feel a shove or tension or anytime something feels fixed or ah or hurting that means the dial is too too too far toward intense effort that needs to dial it back so that's the first gauge am i feeling relaxed maybe your mind is very engaged maybe your breath is really working but in general does it not hurt if the answer is yes I'm in your corner I think you're doing a good job okay that's the first thing that you want to gauge so the next tool I want you to use to sort of gauge whether or not you're on the right track are your ears and your eyes so with your ears I want you to check in with yourself and see if you're getting a result that sounds a little bit like what I'm doing with my demonstration to you now this again is a continuum so say we're going for a pingy sound you might not get to a place where you feel like you maximize your ping but you might hear that you're getting there you're on the right track that you have the similar tonal quality that you hear me the demonstration doing it's something that you're yet you're going toward and that's good if you have trouble listening to yourself when you're practicing I highly recommend you record yourself and don't do this as a means of judging yourself I am hesitant to encourage like on the one hand I want you to record yourself the other hand I don't want it to be a way for you to be like oh my god like that sounds so weird because yeah when you warm up you're going to sound weird but if you have trouble checking in our levy or your ear while you're warming up take out your iPhone record a couple of versions a couple of patterns and pass-throughs of an exercise and see what you're hearing and then adjust your shape and go from there so it's basically does what you're hearing sort of match up with the result you're going for that's another clue for you and then another thing you can do is use your eyes and that what I mean by that is you can you can look in the mirror and assess your face shape so a lot of what I talked about basically when I give you cues has to do with shapes and directions and opening your face and eye all I often describe how when you're opening up certain cavities or chambers in your face you basically can actually manipulate the literal way you look and that's how you do that so if you're having trouble getting a result I want you to look in the mirror and be like well I notice falesha kind of like looks like a weird scary clown when she does this maybe if I look like weird scary clown I'll get some more results so it's in the tinkering yeah it's something it's in the physical and the aural tinkering that you can sort of go toward a result and the final piece of this that's a little bit harder to convey or I don't know inspire and salt and some singers is I like it all by yourself to trust yourself like I think that there are certain personality types that might be a bit more perfectionist than other personality types and those might be the singers who are worried that they're not doing something right very early on the process and don't worry if that describes you but part of being I'm very much a self-taught singer and I'm not like Tooting my own horn here but like a lot of becoming self-taught was me like trusting myself if I felt like I was hearing something that made sense if I felt like it was relaxed and felt good basically I want you to trust yourself to know that hmm the foundations of singing should always apply and should always feel good it should always feel released okay this is hopefully gives you some parameters some guidelines checking it with yourself and knowing if you're going toward a result that works for you or if you might be a little bit off track but again I'm super like low maintenance as a teacher like when I work with students and they do something and they feel relaxed and it sounds like it's getting toward a result and we're going there I've just like yeah you're doing great like remember the main point of singing is are you relaxed are you relaxed are you breathing are you open we're going to retrain your body to have new coordination and as long as you're going toward it bit by bit by bit you're doing your right so just trust okay cool see you soon. 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