The Voice is an amazing piece of body tech!
It has the power to pull you in or push you away.
So it will come as no surprise to learn that your voice is influenced by your mind, your body and your emotions. I like to call it the '3 fold instrument'.
1. Emotions play a part in how you sing - or emote - a song. I know this is controversial and I understand that there are Christians who do not believe there is a place for emotions when worshipping.
But we serve an emotional God!
It's difficult to imagine how John Newton, author of Amazing Grace, could of penned such a personal song, a testimonial, whilst holding back his emotions. His hymn reads as an outpouring of his heart to God that evokes a deep emotion in the singer and the listener. Amazing Grace is a love song. All Worship songs are love songs. God is a God of Love. Love is an emotion.
Songs are birthed out of an emotion whether that be love, anger or sadness. The voice takes on the emotion and helps express the sentiments of the words.
Tip to try at home: When singing a song try to understand the song by reading and connecting with the words first. Make a note. What difference does it make to how you sing the song?
2. There is a lot of imagery used in training voice.
For instance, one way I help my students find higher notes is by asking them to imagine stepping up and down stairs. Or I will ask them to imagine themselves as an opera singer to produce 'proper' tone.
In fact, you'd be surprised how much your thoughts impact your vocal performance. For instance, how many times have you thought to yourself,"I can't do it", and in that moment you cannot do it? In a split second your voice shuts down. This is the power of the mind.
How or what you think about your singing can affect your final vocal performance.
It's also ok to imagine you are singing to God, seated on His Throne. When you imagine you are in God's presence, you become more aware of your love for Him. And this love will be express in your voice
3. All your body should be involved in the process of singing. Good posture opens up the voice to sing free and without strain. When you get the balance between body support and vocalizing right, it will release you to sing without hindrance. And when you can sing without hindrance, you can sing without fear. You can be secure your voice will not crack or breakdown before the end of a worship set.
Mind, Body and Emotions: the voice is affected by all three elements.
I believe worship leaders should not be afraid to embrace their emotions, use imagery when leading and engage their body in worship, including dance.
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Dionne is a professional Vocal Coach and Worship Leader and has been tutoring
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