This Lesson is for VOCAL ATHLETES (or aspiring athletes!)
Like an athlete, a top-class singer, or vocal athlete, is trying to get the best out of their body. This requires discipline, focus and training. If you want to take your voice to its highest level of performance, this lesson is for you.
Athletes abide by a sleeping pattern, healthy eating schedules, and intense training. More so than ever, singers, musicians, song-writers and lyricists, need this type of discipline if they want to distinguish themselves from the masses of people who aspire but will never be able to carve out a professional career in music.
In this lesson, we cover the most important requirements for vocal athletes who are on tour and performing gigs live. These are exercises and tips that will help any vocal athlete, or non-singing individual, trying to develop their vocal performance.
Vocal Warm up exercises
Vocal Performance for live gigs
Why did I choose this exercise for them?
As I said, this fitted for them as a group.
There are many different types of vocal warm-up exercises and techniques that are also good, for example, Estill Vocal Training, Complete Vocal Technique as well as Alexander Technique ,which are all techniques that I have studied.
Many people only learn one or two techniques and ignore other methods. However, my philosophy through years of being in the Music, TV and Film business with different genres and different personalities, is that I must do a VOCAL assessment. I can then work out what techniques to use.
Songwriters, lyricists and musicians have often told me that they feel doing these exercises is akin to meditation. The exercises take them to a familiar place where they can focus without worry on the simple basics of their voice, allowing them to prepare for performance without getting overly nervous. They can go back to the same processes that work for them time after time.
My Advice for Vocal Athletes
The journey and development of a pop singer is something which is not discussed or explored enough. It is usually something that the singer is left to learn by themselves through trial and error.
If more time was taken to explore the fundamentals of the development of a pop singer, perhaps we as artists and we as an industry would have more longevity, trust and staying power.
There are basic principles involved in the successful professional development of an artist in the world of music and entertainment:
1. The mindset of an artist
2. The fame game vs the hard work
3. Artist identity and brand
Hack 1: Vocal Technique Exercises (listen to audio)
Hack 2: Face your fears
Hack 3: Learn from your mistakes
Hack 4: Don’t walk around the stage aimlessly. Always have a reason for what you’re doing. A still performance is just as powerful as a high energetic display
Hack 5: Think of yourself as a storyteller
Hack 6: See yourself as a brand and learn how to explain your brand to investor
Remember, in Hack 1, I provide 5 audio vocal warm up exercises for this masterclass that you can use any time. Click here and join in as you hear my voice and the piano scales.
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“CeCe’s exercises are wonderful for me because they capture what’s best in my voice and allow me to reach new vocal areas I was always afraid to play with.”
Actor and director Idris Elba worked with CeCe Sammy Lightfoot, calling her a “music impresario” and acclaimed her as a “singing and movement advisor”.