Keep challenging yourself

Recently I have found myself slipping in my singing practice. This is mainly due to the fact that a lot of the songs I get asked to do at weddings and events, are the same, and so I’ve already done all the practice for them! I also find myself re-using these songs when I perform at charity events and such – where I actually have freedom to sing what I want to!

Today I started working on a set list for a wedding I will be singing at in a few weeks, which has a totally new set of songs for me – I’ve not done any of them before, although I have wanted to learn a couple of them for quite a while.

One of these songs is particularly complex, due to the backing track not giving you any clue as to where to come in, or even what the notes are! (In fact, at various points in the song it is playing a “clashing” note to the one I have to sing) I’ve been working on this song for the past hour, and have almost cracked it – but it’s made me stop and think, why have I not learnt this song before? It’s a beautiful, emotional song from a musical, and I remember that I used to mime along to the CD when I was younger, pretending I could hit the high notes.

I think, when we do something we love as a job, we sometimes start to loose sight of why we love it so much. So as from today, I will set myself the challenge of learning one new, complex song that I really want to learn a month. (I would say once a week, but I think the other key to challenging yourself, is to know your limits!)

It’s odd how the smallest thing can wake you up to something you hadn’t really realised before. Have you ever had this sort of realisation? Have you become complacent in your work?

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