Many musicians and/or singers write to us and ask
Q: I want to be a singer (or , I’m a guitarist) and
I’d like to know if you guys have any advice for us.
A: Much advice on many levels. Alex says:
Sing (or play your instruments) as often as possible in
as many situations and different types of music (as long as it’s
enjoyable to you) as possible, until what you want to accomplish
becomes intuitive. In other words, almost done without having to
concentrate on it. That includes your voice too, so that it leaps
right to where you want it to every time, with the perfect strength,
inflection, pitch and attitude. Keep trying, it’ll all fall into
place at some point.
Love what you’re doing. Believe in yourself and your music.
Even if you are doing covers (other peoples tunes), make them YOUR OWN.
That is, PERSONALIZE them! Be unique, you already ARE!
Don’t be afraid to be YOU. (it’s always much more interesting
seeing an act which is “Different” than some clone band, no matter
HOW good they are).
Imagine yourself right where you’d like to be: a local gig or
Carnegie Hall . . . but be PRACTICAL. Visualize yourself singing
(or playing) with a band (or by yourself, if you’d like to be a solo)
doing EXACTLY what you’d want to be doing. Lock that vision in your
mind. It can be altered from time to time, according to your new tastes
(and your listening-publics tastes), but generally, KEEP that vision HANDY.
Pull it out from your memory banks every so often to keep yourself on
track (especially when you’re getting discouraged about how LONG it seems
to be taking to learn that chord or to sing that particular line, etc.)
Make some practical goals. You’ll need to Be LOGICAL when it
comes to your future. Be HONEST with yourself when it comes to WHERE
YOU ARE TODAY in your overall plan. Then try to envision the steps
you’ll need to take along the way to reach your ultimate goal (the
vision of yourself exactly where you want to be).
Picture yourself part of the way up a mountain and your ultimate
goal is to reach the top. If you look at this goal as ONE BIG, SWEATY,
BACK-BREAKING CLIMB . . . you’ll NEVER START! Try to see “plateaus” or
shelves, ledges or steps along the way. Even the worlds best mountain
climbers stop to rest now and then! Set smaller or incremental goals
for yourself (within REASON, you won’t be playin’ in your parents’ living
room and go straight to Madison Square Gardens by the weekend)! As you
achieve each intermediate goal, you can stop to congratulate yourself on
a job well done, then envision your ultimate goal and plan your next
You’ll be surprised how easy it seems once you’ve made a few of
those goals. Also how satisfying it feels to accomplish something
constructive with your life.
Keep your ears open along the way for legitimate opportunities that
can help you reach your mountaintop. And most importantly:........
Nancy says: “Never give up your dreams”. I have to go along
with that. It worked for us, even with all of the crap we had to endure
and all the years we had to wait… she believed in our band and told her
story over & over until enough people listened. Thanks, Nancy! I’ll say
it again, if you want to make something of your life and believe that you
have real talent: Never give up your dreams! Go for it!