The way we approach everything we do plays a huge role in our success or failure. Having a resilient, positive mindset when learning anything new, be it singing, dancing, music production or any other skill is crucial. No, having a positive mindset alone won’t prevent you from experiencing difficulties and challenges along the way. But it will make a huge difference in how you deal with failure, uncertainty, and difficulty, which are all important for your learning journey. So, without further ado, here are a few mindset tips and tricks for those who are starting their adult singing lessons.
Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy
It’s great to be inspired by other accomplished vocalists, but don’t lose sight of your own unique qualities and story! Our voices are very individual, so don’t get lost in trying to copy every single vocalist on the planet. Instead, use your adult singing lessons to deeply explore your own voice and learn to embrace its features.
Your Career Journey Will Be Different Than Theirs, Too
Furthermore, comparing your career or accomplishments to those of other vocalists is futile. We are all born with different abilities, different environments and opportunities being offered to us. But guess what – everyone can learn to sing and carve a singing career that suits them. You’ll be surprised to find how unique each vocalist’s journey is! Some have spent their whole life on stage entertaining, others work with music producers, writing toplines, some will write for other artists and even build careers for themselves on social media.
Focus On Being Better Than You Were Yesterday And Find Your Niche
No matter where you are on your singing journey, don’t rush and stop comparing yourself to others. Focus on being better than you were yesterday and, little by little, you will make progress before you’ve even realised. When it comes to long-term career goals, focus on finding your niche instead of copying what someone else is doing. Find out how you like to work, what are your strengths and weaknesses and how you connect with people – whether it’s on stage, online, in the studio etc. Follow your passions and you’ll find people who resonate with you and want to work with you.
We Don’t Have The Same 24 Hours In The Day – So Make Yours Work For You!
‘Beyonce has the same 24 hours in the day as we do’ is a statement that gets thrown around a lot, without any real substance. Every student who takes adult singing lessons with us has completely different responsibilities and lifestyles. Some have work and family commitments, others are pursuing a degree, while some are full time musicians. So be compassionate with yourself and find out ways you can fit singing around your individual schedule.
You Might Need To Make Some Sacrifices
Sure, some of us are busier than others, but that doesn’t mean you can’t progress in your singing career while handling other responsibilities. A little bit of practice time is better than no time at all, so what small sacrifices can you make to follow your singing dream? Is it skipping that extra half hour of TV or social media browsing to fit in a bit of practice? Perhaps it’s learning online, so you don’t have to spend time and money travelling to your lessons? Maybe your partner or a family member can babysit for you while you practice?
Making time for you and the things you want to pursue don’t need to become huge sacrifices. You don’t need to practice 8 hours a day, spend thousands of pounds on lessons or abandon your social life and everyday duties. Making small adjustments here and there can help fit music and singing into your lifestyle and support your progress, without becoming an overwhelming and unsustainable task.
Embrace The Learning Journey Of Your Adult Singing Lessons
Sure, learning something new is scary – especially singing! It’s such a vulnerable, personal thing for most of us. Because our body is literally our instrument, singing in front of others can make us feel extremely vulnerable. And that’s okay. As long as you have a nurturing, encouraging vocal coach and you can learn to be patient with yourself, singing will soon become second nature to you.
Don’t Be Afraid To Fail!
The best way to handle it is to accept the learning journey for what it is – full of challenges, uncertainty, and self-doubt. Trust us when we say that even the most accomplished singers feel that way from time to time. Being a musician means accepting yourself as a life-long learner. There will always be more progress to make and new techniques, ideas, and challenges that you will discover.
So, how do you deal with all this? Focus on the progress you are making each day, each week and months down the line. Pay attention and celebrate when you’ve expanded your range, learned to sing that song that you thought was too difficult or you can feel your tone and breath support improving. Celebrating the small wins will build up evidence for your brain that you will continue to overcome the challenges thrown your way.
Find Your Community
There is nothing like being surrounded by likeminded people to make you feel supported and seen as you embark on your adult singing lessons. If you don’t have musical people among friends and family, try joining a local choir, singing ensemble, attending open mic nights and gigs. This way, you can meet other musicians who are overcoming the same challenges, and you can build your network of likeminded people, or even potential collaborators.
Meet Likeminded People In Adult Singing Lessons!
Our group classes are perfect for budding singers who are looking to make friends and have fun along the way! At London Singing Institute, we also offer individual adult singing lessons, so you can tailor your learning experience to suit your needs. We teach all popular genres, including pop, musical theatre, classical, jazz, rock and blues. Start your singing journey with us today!
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