Advanced vs Beginner Singer: The Difference is Not What You Might Think

Posted on 22. Dec, 2009 by in Performance, Singing

This article is inspired by two very interesting emails I received about the Sing With Freedom program (www.TheSingingZone.com).  One was from a “beginner” and one from an “advanced” singer, and I think there is a great learning experience here for everyone.

The first email was from a concerned potential customer wondering if the Sing With Freedom program also works for someone who is a complete beginner and who has never sung before.  He was concerned because he had seen a bunch of testimonials from professional singers.

The short answer is yes (there are tons of testimonials from beginner singers also). But how is it possible that it works for beginners as well as professionals?

When learning an instrument there is a distinct difference between a lesson that is designed for a beginner, versus one that is designed for the advanced. That is not necessarily the case when it comes to developing the voice.

You may think you are a beginner because you haven’t sung much, but your voice may still be strong, free, resonant, and flexible. You have after all used it your whole life.  It is very possible you can develop at rapid-fire speed.  Since you are a “beginner” and have never really explored your potential, you really have no way of knowing, do you? Being a beginner can be beneficial because you may not have developed a lot of bad habits (or limiting beliefs).

The common problem for beginners is that they have, unfortunately, often developed a very strong mindset of what they can or cannot do, even though they have never given it a go. Some have been engaged in singing scales and then have come to believe that they have already tried but still can’t sing.  Well, it really wasn’t their “talent’ that was the problem.  They were just exposed to a lousy strategy.  One of the great joys for me is to crush limiting beliefs for people, which then tends to impact other limiting beliefs in their lives.

Then we have those who do have plenty of physical restrictions and/or weaknesses in certain muscles, but instead have a very flexible and adaptive mindset. These people will always develop fast.

Now let’s look at email number two:  You should first know that it is very rare that we get a refund request for the Sing With Freedom DVDs.  However, a while ago my support staff got an email from someone who liked to point out that he was an “advanced singer”. He requested a refund because he had “reviewed all the lessons in one sitting and didn’t feel he learned anything new”.  Therefore, in his opinion, “the program must be geared only to beginners”.

Now, I could have told him that there is one way I can guarantee with a 100% certainty that he will not gain any results.  And that is if he reviews all lessons in one sitting.

In fact, I did tell him that before he started lesson one…

The first thing I do in lesson one of the Sing With Freedom program is to lay out the strategy of how to get the most out of the program.  Naturally, it is also in my interest that you experience wonderful results.  I make it clear that that to get the desired results you need to DO the exercises with me.  When you become ENGAGED in making sound the way I show you, you will inevitably make new fascinating discoveries about your instrument.  I also encourage you to work on each lesson for several days BEFORE you move on to the next lesson.  That way you will make even more discoveries.  For people who do the program it becomes abundantly clear why that is.  And for those who embrace these strategies, wonderful results are the norm more than the exception – for singers of all levels.

But this person chose to “review” the lessons in one sitting.  Obviously this is rather worthless.  To passively “review” is something very different from actively becoming engaged, exercising, experimenting, and making discoveries.

Now, the reason I bring this up is to understand the powerful art of learning effectively.  This person may believe he is an advanced singer, but he is not an advanced learner.  Most likely, he is not very successful in his endeavors simply because he hasn’t understood how to learn effectively, and also seems rather unwilling to understand it.

The “know it all” attitude makes growth impossible.  It is probably the worst trap we can fall into (and we all do from time to time).  The level of knowledge we believe we possess at any given moment is actually irrelevant.  Human beings, companies and societies grow and evolve because of the mental attitude within each human being.

The artists and human beings who truly excel at what they do, and therefore are able to influence others in positive ways, are the ones who are constantly learning, growing and evolving.

The reason many beginners and professionals alike get such nice rewards from the program is because the program is about encouraging new discoveries.  It is about making you FEEL muscles and movement on a deeper level than before. This way you can release tension and develop strength, flexibility and freedom, and as a result you become freer and more confident in your expression.  This is of course crucial for both “beginners” and “professionals”.

So I would like to encourage you to let go of the tendency to categorize yourself as a “beginner” or “advanced”.  The only thing that really counts is if you want to grow and develop from where you are.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the subject below.

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