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Improve Your Singing With Hypnosis

Let me preface this article by saying there are so many different kinds of singing, and each have their own merits. Along with that go different melodic scales such as the Arabic, Chinese, Indian and European melodics and harmonisations. With each melodic scale are also different singing styles that require stylised pitching, resonances and projection. A singer’s proficiency within each melodic school and stylisation only comes with considerable practice and dedication.

Sure, there are people with a natural perfect pitch and even a miraculous vocalisation gift but for most singers, competence and confidence in performing only comes with repetitive practice and tuition. Not only does a singer have to develop their voice, they also have to develop their ear. A singer with a poor ear has no auditory feedback for their voice and cannot pitch, project skilfully or interpret with any level of sincere authenticity.

Pavarotti was the product of immense training as he started singing as a choir boy in Modena Cathedral in Italy. The length of his notes was only achievable due to his early training in breathing and learning to support the voice from the diaphragm like a barrel organ. Although Pavarotti had perfect pitch it was the quality and stability of his voice that made him such a joy to listen to.

Maria Callas’s dramatic interpretation was achieved not only with skill but she actually felt the pitch of her voice through her chest and head. She used her unusual vibrato style not only to find her pitch but also played with it as she appeared to effortlessly traverse the upper notes during Violetta’s aria in La Traviata.

The complete opposite was Edith Piaf whose voice completely lacked consistency but was made up of 95 per cent dramatic performance. In Elvis Presley’s case it was his warble that gave him rhythm and blues along with his appearance as a counter-culture alternative to the controlled and trained voices of the day.

What all these singers and all successful singers have in common is focus. They choose their style and consistently reproduce the sounds required for their performances. So to be a great singer you need:

• Voice
• Training
• Pitch
• An ear that has good feedback
• Projection
• A consistent style
• Awareness of vibrational resonance through the body
• Ability to traverse the break in your voice with ease
• Focus

Like a juggler you need to work all these things at once as you perform. Singing is just as much an art as a science. You must be fully present during your performance otherwise your audience is aware you are not giving them everything you have.

Training your mind as a singer helps you pay attention to what you need to do during practice and a performance. Hypnosis helps you calm the mind, teaches you focus and to be aware of the way you pitch and use your voice. It helps you centre yourself in your body once again so you are able to orientate yourself within your physical abilities so you can be aware how to project your voice.

All the training in the world will not produce good results unless you have the confidence to use your body and to perform the music you are interpreting. Hypnosis is particularly good at helping you install confidence and execute your performance well.

Improving Your Singing Hypnosis is produced by Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, ND who worked as a dancer and singer when she was young. She is a clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, counsellor, naturopath and Director of the Australian Health and Education Centre in Glebe, Sydney. Over the years she has worked with many world-class professional performers to help them give outstanding performances.

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