How Song Interpretation Can Save You From Your Nerves (part 5)

THIS BLOG POST IS THE LAST ONE IN THE SERIES ‘HOW SONG INTERPRETATION CAN SAVE YOU FROM YOUR NERVES’. HERE YOU CAN READ THE PREVIOUS POST.

We have arrived at the last post in this series, inspired by my interest in song interpretation work and my fascination in how it can relieve performance anxiety. In the previous four posts we have gone through some of the tools I like to use when working on interpretation with singers. It’s time for a little wrap-up, in the form of three pieces advise for your interpretation work.

 

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Be in the moment 

Know your story, your Sender, Receiver, goal, and so on. But allow the story to unfold itself in the moment.

Try to not fix an ending to your story, that would only make your performance boring. Keep it open. Play with it.

In real life, do we ever know exactly what is going to happen next? No we don’t. So go from moment to moment, just as you would in a real-life situation.

 

Don’t try to ‘get it right’

When you work on interpretation, don’t focus on the performance. Don’t focus on ‘getting it right’. Focus on the story. The moment you try to ‘get it right’, it becomes difficult.

And needless to say, all the voices in your head saying “I wonder what they think of me” have to be turned off!

 

Forget about technique

Yes, I wrote that!

It is important that you remember singing technique is something we practice in order to become free to sing whatever we want to express. When we work on song interpretation (and when we perform), the story is important. Not technique.

If technical issues are hindering you from giving your story or performance the expression you would like to have, then of course you need to work on those. Technique needs to be practiced into a habit, so that we can use it while we perform. But that’s another story.

Singing technique is just a tool to help you express what you want, and to keep you healthy while singing.

Singing technique can help you express whatever you want. But if there is no expression in the first place, there is no singing technique in the whole world that can help you!

©2012 Katja Maria Slotte
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