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Courtney
Courtney

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Finding YOUR Sound In a World of Mere Echoes- Part THREE

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Courtney
Courtney
Okay, the video is still in the process of being finished...

But hey, we at The Levee are busy working onYOUR projects!!

YOU come before us.

So, with that being said, let's continue our discussion...

We talked about the importance of finding your sound in a world full of imitators, but true question is... how? How do you in fact find your sound and your own voice?

There is no one way, but this is the path I chose and am choosing to make this great discovery. While in college, I spent much time in the practice room- that's right- the practice room- going over fundamentals. What sets apart the good vocalist from the GREAT vocalist? Attention to detail. The attention to the small yet big things that make all the difference- breathing, posture, articulation, pitch accuracy...... This is the first step to finding your sound, because this sets a foundation to build upon. There are so many singers that do not have the fundamentals concrete in their technique. If you have that down, you have won half the battle......

In part one of this series, I wrote of how I listened to a particular artist regularly and how I began to sound very much like her, to the point of full imitation of her. What distinguishes an echo from a voice? YOU. I had to almost completly cut this artist out of my repetoire because I was lost in her voice, lost to myself. So I had to cut off that influence to hear my voice. That's right, her CD was out of my car for a while. Instead of listening to her, I listened to myself. Singing. Making melodies and noises and sounds that were uniquely my own. Slowly but surely, I began to not sound like her, but someone different. I had never heard this person before. It was me.

These were the first two steps in trasitioning from an echo to....something quite different . As we journey together, let me know your thoughts!

Courtney

   

AAAHHHHH!!!!!!!

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Courtney
Courtney
EVERYONE EVERYONE EVERYONE!!!!!!

The video for Finding Your Voice is still under construction! Come back Wednesday for the AWESOME interview!!!

Until then..................

I would LOVE to hear feedback from YOU about your sound!

What is your style?

When did you discover it?

What brought on the change?

LET ME KNOW!!!!!!!

Love you all and I'll be hearing from you!

Courtney


   

Finding YOUR Sound in a World of Mere Echoes- Part Two

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LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!!!

For the next few articles, we will be further discussing finding one's sound! In an attempt to give a well rounded account of this journey, I will be interviewing local artists about their personal quests in finding themselves as individuals and musicians! The first artist that will be interviewed is recording artist Gabriel Powell, who's debut album Albany is playing throughout the UK. Get ready for a series of great videos!!!

 

CHECK BACK TUESDAY FOR THE VIDEO!!!

   

Finding YOUR Sound in a World of Mere Ecoes- Part ONE

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Courtney
Courtney
A sound. Your sound. THE sound. Who are you? Do you have a unique sound that is all your own, or is your voice, YOUR SOUND, nothing more than a mere echo of the latest singer. A mere replication of an original that will never meet you or know your name? These are questions that we vocalists must ask ourselves- especially if we want to break out as artists on an international level. I would never bring this question to the forefront without Courtney first asking Courtney, so, I have a little story to tell you.....

About a year ago, I was riding in my car with a few of my music major friends. We were listening to a singer that is fairly well known that I really admired, and still do might I add, that for a while I began to listen to and mimic on a rather regular basis. As my friends and I rode together, they asked a question that has forever changed my life as a vocalist, performer, and all around musician: "Isn't that you singing? When did you record your first CD?" HUH? Don't they know my voice? These are trained musicians and they don't recognize that this vocalist is not me? I then realized that for a very long time people often stated that I sound exactly like this person- MANY people on SEVERAL occasions.

Well, some might say that this was in fact a compliment because my sound likened someone who is already "big", so much so that my individuality disappeared, and only the shadow of another was visible. I beg to differ. I discount, discredit, and dishonor myself and my maker when I don't discover my true individuality as a musician; when I don't discover MY SOUND. The sound that makes ME distinctly ME and no one else. I made a pledge to myself from that day forward to find the beauty of my own uniqueness as an artist.

Do people often say to you, "You sound JUST like fill in the blank!!!" or " Man, you are the next fill in the blank again!"? If so, think about it. Begin your quest in finding your sound. You might just be pleasantly surprised......

TO BE CONTINUED....

Courtney

   

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