Dealing With The Learning Curve: Boost Enthusiasm & Reduce Frustration

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Hi Gems


Today I'm going to tell you how to boost your enthusiasm and reduce frustration while learning to enhance your singing skills. 

I want to coach you through the love-hate relationship you may have with the Singing  "learning curve!"  The learning curve can actually be a stumbling block you face on your singing journey. 

Over the past 18 years of coaching, I've observed, it's during the developmental stages that students quit!  So, I'm here to encourage you to maintain the fun and joy when working on mastering your singing skills!  I'm telling you; you have to guard your feelings so that you don't become demotivated.

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There comes a point where you've gained quite a bit of knowledge, you understand the what, why, how and when of singing and you’re excited to implement and execute all the good stuff you learned.  But, between the point of knowledge gained and skill development you can become frustrated with the rate of your growth and the feeling of discouragement creeps in. 
Because you know what to do, naturally you'd want to transfer your knowledge to your singing, it's only human to desire this. 

 I want to warn you though, not because you know the what, why, when and how of singing means you'll automatically be able to implement and execute it flawlessly. It doesn't work like that.  I know you wish it would, but it doesn't. lol 

Actually, the knowledge component is just the beginning part of the singing process.  It's a vital component, but it's not all that's required for achieving vocal success. 
Knowing a lot doesn't immediately translate into skills. Nope!
Always keep in mind success has a strategy. In addition to the knowledge component of learning to sing there is also your muscle strength that needs to be developed coordination and controlled. And this process my darling Gem takes some time, and you have to adjust your mindset to embrace this part of the journey!  

There are three (3) main components that you must focus on to master vocal skill. 


Step one is knowledge: knowing and understanding What is required, why you need to do it, without clarity as to why you're not going to be motivated to ensure you get it done or follow the success process; When to execute specific techniques or vocal attacks and how to implement them to achieve vocal ease, presence, and beauty! 
 
Step two. Muscle Strength and control. 


Step Three Technical Skill. Pulling it all together with a song with agility flexibility stamina endurance presence balance ease and beauty! 

In theory, everything makes sense, but it becomes quite frustrating when application stage doesn't cooperate as fast as you wish! 
 
I want to admonish you this is not a reason to get frustrated, this is actually quite natural, and in any area of your life, you seek growth and development you learn then practice, practice and practice some more before you get you gain skill.  So don’t become frustrated and allow your emotions to kill your enthusiasm and consistency.  

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This experience and feeling is not unique to you, learning and growing are a part of life. Be fair to your organ, and carefully allow it time to get stronger, gain control and develop muscle memory! 

 I too, have struggled with this love-hate relationship with learning curves.  I hate having to go through the learning and developing stages of the curve, However, I love, love, love the results that I get in the end. 

See the process in three parts, work through each segment and be realistic about the time between when you gain the information and when you will be able to execute it.
The speed of execution is different for each singer, it's based on several variables such as mindset, diet, health, experience, clarity of information, vocal range, cord elasticity, amount of time spent rehearsing, having strategic rehearsals, support tools, guidance, consistency,determination, discipline or focus. 

So, now that you know you're not alone and the feeling of frustration is normal, adjust your mood and increase your focus.  Manage your mindset and consistently work through each stage, until you’ve built the strength and coordination skill to perform your songs with ease and beauty.

In short, allow your voice organ the needed time to master the skill.
I hope you feel better, even if you don't, at least you know better. lol
Move forward with wisdom and let it guide your actions.

Before I go I want to leave you with one of my favorite sayings: 

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Ok Gem, Go be SingSational.