Woke up this morning not feeling too well. Today just has an atmosphere of winter about it. Anyways i have a really light cold.
Practiced some vocal exercises from ‘Singing and the Actor’. Particularly breath control exercises. I feel these exercises getting easier but not as much as they should have. I really need to pull my socks up and stop being so afraid of doing anything. My anxiety gets in my way so often and I am really doing everything I can to overcome it but it’s proving fairly difficult for me. I desperately need to have better support when singing otherwise I’ll never even get on the west end stage.
Also did a warm up that I found on YouTube. Tried to practice singing but my voice is just not there today.
- Fly, Fly away – Catch me if you can
This could be a good audition song for me as i can reach all the notes just have to work on the strength behind it, and the timing to the backing track thats on youtube as it seems a little fast to me.
Went to the gym last night. Did half an hour of running. Occasionally changed the incline and the speed. Went up to 8.8 (speed) and 1.5 (incline). Didn’t feel too well so went home after that. It’s gonna be pretty hard to get an hour one after work as I don’t get home til 7, and I have to make sure I can have a shower before everyone goes to sleep as it’s quite noisy in the room next to the bathroom.
I feel like half an hour on a weekday is a pretty good achievement.
Also did a few minutes of singing. Couldn’t really make any progress but I feel that doing small bits of practice in between times where I can dedicate a whole hour to it kind of solidifies what I have done recently and just helps a little to make that clarity and strength more accessible.
Saturday 27th – Joined the gym, free access to swimming pool! (Hooray) Also am considering joining a yoga class to help me with my stretching and strength. Also practiced singing. I’ve noticed that it feels a little easier getting that clarity of voice and its starting to happen the first time I try. I feel like I’m getting used to anchoring ‘fannyland’ and facially anchoring. I feel like the sound is more free and that I can do more with it when its not all constricted and/or ill. I love not being ill. I never want to be as ill as I was last year ever again.
Sunday 28th – Went to the gym for an hour and a half. 30 Minutes interval training on the treadmill. Worked with a medicine ball. Leg raises. Deadlifts.
Monday 29th – Didn’t go to the gym but spent a few hours jumping and dancing around with my little sisters. Worked up a sweat. Sweat = exercise.
This is something that I really rarely had a chance to do last year as I was always sick and exhausted and the sound would just come out nasal and weak no matter what I’d do.
So I’m planning on using this year to really develop my voice so that hopefully I will have an advantage over the people that will be in my class next year.
Today I was particularly trying to engage ‘fannyland’ as Jan calls it. Up until now I understood the concept of it but the reality of it just wasn’t working for me. At this moment in time I still get surprised by the clarity and strength of my voice when properly warmed up, hydrated, and focusing on fannyland, anchoring, and pronunciation. I need to continue to practice this as it will become natural and it will make singing easier once it becomes muscle memory.