Mistakes

I used to love singing. Somewhere along the way, however, I made a few mistakes. Everything went good for a while.

I got into a very selective choir and placed within the top ten out of about 200 people. I was performing in front of large groups of people, everyone was telling me how great I was and how emotional I had made them, and I almost had completely lost my stage fright I used to be so full of...

Until I failed a singing audition. After that, I tried again. This time, I was auditioning for a role in a less experienced choir. However, I failed that one too. These were understandable to me, however discouraging. I tried a final time to audition for fair competition.

I failed, and felt like I had made a complete fool out of myself, nerves killing me on every note. This was the end of my trying. Music used to be the only thing in my life that I loved. I never sang after that for 3 years, when, before, singing was all I ever wanted out of life. I'm currently trying to get back into it, but it's just so hard for me.

I'm so afraid of failing again, and I think that at this point I am so fragile, if I do fail, it will really be my last chance ever to feel accomplished at singing.

My advice, therefore, is, don't let your mistakes drag you down because, I am sure, everyone has a lot of them. It takes real devotion to get back up after you fall, more than I ever had. And if you do keep trying, you'll either eventually get the results you're looking for or find out what you're really passionate about. Good luck to you!

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Aug 22, 2009
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Aretha Franklin
by: Greedy Songbird

I get really hung up on making mistakes and I get uptight and it kills my ability to emote. But I once saw Aretha Franklin on a national awards show get up and do R.E.S.P.E.C.T. and blow the lyrics and she just kept going. If the Queen of Soul can mess up a song which I'm sure she could sing in her sleep like that in front of an audience of millions and keep her poise and finish the performance with aplomb and gusto, I'll take a page out of her book.

That's another way singing is like sports: Miss a goal, throw a bad pass, shake it off and get back in there immediately. If you make a mistake and then allow yourself to focus on it, it will consume you.

Jul 27, 2009
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Well...
by: Anonymous

Well, maybe it wasn't you, perhaps you just need to do something different in your audition... It could also be the way you make facial expressions perhaps?

Think about secondary things you might have done wrong :)

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Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching the voice for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

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