Most of us watch YouTube music videos for pleasure. We enjoy seeing others do the things that we would like to do. But not too many of us watch videos with one specific goal in mind, -“What can I learn from this video that will help me to sing better?”
If you often watch just for fun, do this the next time you sit in front of your computer screen, try the following:
1. Choose a couple of singers whom you admire who also perform the kind of music that you sing. (This is not to suggest that you can learn only from those musicians who are in the same genre. You can learn from watching anysinger. But it is a good idea to keep up with singers who are doing well in your specific musical category.)
2. Ask yourself what it is about this singer that has made him/her a successful performer. For example, with Michael Jackson, it was his ability to dance and his great rhythm.
Choose one or two characteristics that you like about the singer you have chosen.
3. Now watch the video while you concentrate on how s/he expresses those qualities in this performance.
For instance, if you are impressed with your singer’s voice – watch carefully how s/he breathes. Listen to how s/he phrases, how s/he uses her/his mouth, tongue, jaw to create a unique sound.
If possible, watch videos of live performances. We know that many, if not most professional music videos are dubbed with a high quality recorded version of the music we hear. Those singers are often not singing the music that you are hearing. So if you want to watch how they really produce their sound, watch them in a live performance.
4. Watch the same video again, this time concentrating on some other aspect of the performance that grabs your attention. The way your singer moves, perhaps. Or how they interact with other members of the band. Perhaps you are amazed by how this vocalist handles a microphone. Watch carefully. Think about it. Try it with your own microphone.
The point is to study what others do, and then try to mimic it. Set up your own video camera and watch yourself in action. Over time, you can create your own version of another singer’s scintillating moments.
Think long term.
Some singing careers last decades. If you are serious about singing, decide that you are in it for the long haul. Whether you are an amateur or a hopeful-pro, aim to make wonderful music for many years, and watching YouTube Music Videos can help you.
If you would like to learn more about using YouTube music videos to improve your singing, please visit my site at: http://www.singing-tips-with-barbara-lewis.com/youtube-music-videos.html
Barbara Lewis has been a singer, songwriter, and singing teacher for over 25 years.
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