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Giving Yourself The Tools Of A Singer

Aug 14, 2008
Of course, if you're a great singer, you have an exemplary singing voice. However, you also need other things in order to be successful in your profession. These tools might not be immediately apparent, but you still need them in order to have a successful career.

What are those tools? Humility, health and heart.

Humility
It's highly competitive in the music industry, with many people just waiting to both take advantage of and deflate a singer's ego. You as that singer have to be able to face legitimate criticism and the challenges that are going to come, whether it's performing in a smoky bar gig you'd rather not do or dealing with arrogant management.

Health
As a singer, your work is both physically and emotionally demanding. Therefore, you need to be in good health. Your work schedules aren't necessarily going to be healthy, with long hours put in often at night, and limited sleep. Still, you have to stay in shape and keep your instrument, your voice, in good condition, too.

Heart
If you're a singer, of course, you love your work. You're moved by the music you sing and are forever inspired by it. It's your craft, you love it, and it helps you face all the hardships you're going through as you pursue a singing career.

There's also another set of tools you need to keep in mind when you pursue your craft. These tools are passion, practice, and personality.

Passion
If you want to make it in the music industry, of course you want to love what you do. However, it's going to take more discipline than that and you're going to need to want it badly enough to have passion even during difficult times. If this is your dream, keep in mind that you're still going to have to put up with pressure and stress and it's not is going to be perfect. What's going to make you put up with this kind of hardship? Not just talent (which of course you need), but passion, too.

Practice
If you've got a great singing voice naturally, congratulations. However, to keep that singing voice in its best shape and make it even better, you need to practice. You may want to practice only when you want to, but in truth, that kind of skill takes dedication and hours a day, every day of the week. In short, practice really does make perfect.

Personality
In the music industry, it's highly competitive. To get noticed in this environment, you need personality. Your personality is going to draw people to you, make them want to get to know you, and eventually, hopefully, to want to hear you sing.

If you want to further your singing career, then, give yourself a good start with these tools. Keep working toward your passion, in order to pursue success.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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