[This article was written by professional voice teacher and vocal producer Arden Kaywin.]
I’ve been a voice teacher and vocal producer for many years now and one of the things I’ve noticed from working with singer/songwriters is that they often don’t give the same kind of advanced focus and preparation to their vocals as they do to the songwriting and production of their songs.
It’s easy to believe that since you wrote the song and have been singing it throughout the writing/production process that your vocals will be ready when it comes time to record. That is true to a degree: you will be ready. But there’s a difference between giving a “ready” performance and giving a “knockout” performance.
Here are some insights into my work with singers to help them access that “knockout” performance
1. You are NOT a singer, you are a storyteller
In my experience, many of the things that trip up a singer vanish when the singer is really immersed in telling the story of the song. Read more »