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!