You want to be a better singer or a more comfortable singer. Every voice is unique. You sound like you do because of the shape, size and dimensions of your vocal apparatus, the resonating areas in your throat and head, and how your mind works for or against your singing.
This site is specifically for students of Chuck Stewart. The resources contained in this site require consultation and guidance, to attain the best results. Progress as a singer is dependent upon doing the right thing the right way at the right time. Weightlifters do not begin with 160 kilos or about 300 pounds. There are procedures for advancement but every singer is not a pair of socks. One size does not fit all.
18 Components of Singing Performance Mastery
- Your state of mind
- Your vision of music, yourself, and others
- Your goal for singing
- Your purpose for singing
- Your plan of action
- Your system(s) to measure progress
- Your physical health
- Your musicianship
- Your vocal technique
- Your artistic imagination
- Your objectivity
- Your perseverance
- Your talent
- Your ability to work well with others
- Your appearance
- Your charisma
- Your showmanship
- Your communication acumen
Your 18 components of singing performance mastery are each at a specific level or stage of development. The greatest and most successful singers have developed most of these components to a very high level. Some components will quickly make or break a career: state of mind, physical health, musicianship, and vocal technique.
You may not need nearly as much artistic imagination to sing in a group as you do to sing solo. The components are not equally weighted but all have a bearing on what you have loved about your own personal singing idols.
Two components are vast subjects unto themselves and must be very highly developed for a professional recording artist/performer or a professional stage performer. Those are vocal technique and musicianship. Simply put, if you have bad vocal technique you will sound bad–to yourself and to others. You will struggle with endurance, power, tone quality, articulation, dynamics, and much more.
If your musicianship is bad, you will sing out of tune or “pitchy”, as some call it. Your intervals will be off, you will not be in tune with your accompaniment or other singers, you will not be able to sing and remain in a key (forget acapella) and you will be very limited with opportunities for performance. You also will have issues with timing, rhythm, and won’t fit in stylistically with the music you sing. No one likes critics but bad vocal technique and/or bad musicianship will make you fodder for critics and they will chew you up and spit you out.
All you have to do to get better is to start. We will begin with developing or improving vocal technique by warming up and getting used to some intervals. There is more than a single purpose for warmups and exercises. They address technique and musicianship.
Before beginning, notice the navigation bar above.
Vocalises are vocal exercises for improving strength, endurance, and range.
Ear training, melodic and harmonic exercises, are in Musical Ears. Music is a “hearing art”. Identification and differentiation are two very different skill sets regarding music and singing. Another involves hearing, understanding and knowing melodic and harmonic intervals.
MHT stands for Modern Harmonic Technique. It is an approach to music theory from the perspective of a singer-songwriter.
MHT2 is more advanced and dives way deeper down the rabbit hole of music theory.
Practice singing intelligently:
- Physician Reviewed Paper: How To Protect Your Voice
- Get a simple singing self-evaluation sheet by clicking here.
It is very difficult to be able to objectively and accurately evaluate your own voice. It’s not impossible. Once you know what needs work, you can take action to improve. You do have to know the purpose and the efficacy of specific vocal exercises for specific muscle groups, to gain strength, to have better coordination. You could potentially do the wrong thing or do it the wrong way or practice too much or too little.
I needed guidance. I found I could not do it without a vocal coach. It is not an issue of intelligence; it is one of knowledge and experience. If you do not know specifically and precisely what to listen for, you will be lost in a hurry. An analysis of the voice will include some of the following in the illustration below. Click here to enlarge the mind map below.
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