Riding a bike is something that everyone can and should attempt in one’s life… It helps us get around, meet others and fill us with a sense of control, freedom and well-being. For some it comes naturally… For others the process can be long and arduous. It takes practice and a great deal of patience for many to conquer even the simplest of skills required to ride. It may take days, weeks or months and in some cases years to feel comfortable and confident enough to put everything together to ride freely and without fear or reservation. There are gifted cyclists who manage to develop and master complicated tricks impossible for most and they perform them before audiences for fame and fortune!

Singing is no different, in many respects… Of course, confidence is the catalyst for most of what we attempt and accomplish in our lives and it is no less a requirement when it comes to discovering the true voice within each of us… Yes, admittedly some have it; others… maybe not so much… I believe learning to sing well and with conviction can be achievable if approached with a healthy attitude and a good blend of practice, confidence and execution.

Every week here at the Collective Music Academy  I work with aspiring singer/songwriters, clients on commercial-jingle projects and, children and adults taking vocal lessons. Currently, twenty (20) private students of mine focus on everything from ear training to breathing techniques, proper posture, facial exercises, vocal ear training exercises such as singing major and minor intervals, triads, five (5) and nine (9) tone scales, long tones while focusing on note selection, transitioning registers, vocal modes, pitch, endurance, dynamics, enunciation, interpretation through performance and a host of additional skill sets necessary to develop into well-rounded and confident singers-of-song. ALL of this is set on a bed of R-E-L-A-X and focused on developing good vocal mechanics, vocal technique and good breathing habits. Not everyone will be able to sing like Mariah Carey or Andrea Bocelli but then again,not everyone can pop-a-wheelie or execute a flawless 360 in mid-air…

The key is to relax, have fun and enjoy the ride…

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