Interesting tips and Fun Facts - Mary's way
Slice of PIE?
P.I.E. = Person-Intention-Environment.
For example: You’re singing a love song.
Person – Who are you singing to?
Intention – What intentions/emotions do you want to express? Environment – Where does the song take place?
Each song has a story to tell – you are the storyteller.
Today’s tip is how to...
1. Identify the environment your song describes.
2. As the singer, be there.
3. Help your audience be there.
I saw Chuck Cobb perform at the Hangar, a popular St. Pete restaurant overlooking a small airport. Travelers and locals come to hear Chuck play guitar and sing. Listening to Chuck is like taking a mini-vacation.
Before singing the song Key Largo, he invites his listeners to remember their last trip to the Florida Keys.
Your turn... Close your eyes and imagine the Florida Keys. Do you see turquoise waters, palm trees or Tiki Bars? I bet that’s where Chuck goes in his mind, as he delivers the song.
Every song takes place somewhere.
Try a slice of PIE Person-Intention-Environment and give your audience a mini-vacation. ps Mary’s studio is a fun environment! Come explore your voice and performance talents at your next Stage Coach session.
'When they ask you to sing....'
You're relaxing at a party and mention you’re a singer and you're taking voice lessons. 'You're a singer? says your friend. 'Sing something for us!' How do you respond? Here's what the pros say:
'I thank them and invite them to come see me in a show...I'd love for you to come hear me at ...'
Olga Kruse, Actor/Comedian, Gulfport Community Players, St. Petersburg Theatre
'What a complement, to be asked to sing! If I do sing; for some reason I default to Broadway bits that everyone knows; a line or two of Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific, There’s No Business Like Show Business from Annie Get Your Gun or the title song from The Sound of Music. I try not to take myself too seriously and have a little fun.
If I’m tired, and thinking ‘What am I a trained puppy!?’ I beg off, thank them and invite them to the next open performance. I always ask them what songs they're listening to. Most people love to talk about their favorite music. I get some of my best new songs that way.' Mary Miller, Stage Coach/ Entertainer, stagecoach.musicteachershelper.com
'Do you want to sing - right then and there? If not, you don't have to explain anything to them. I often say 'Oh how kind of you to ask. I'm so glad you like my music. I'm here to enjoy everyone's company. I'd really like to be one of the gang here.' I tell them 'You can buy one of my CD's.'
You can use humor, you can use total honesty. If you want to sing - don't hesitate. I was in Publix, when the lady who cooks the sample meals recognized me and shouted out. 'You're the singer...why don't you sing something for us.' So I sang a few lines of Elvis' It's Now or Never, in full operatic voice. Why not? If you feel like singing, whip out some of the best stuff you do and sing a few lines of it. '
Chuck Cobb, Singer/Songwriter, Entertainer Chuckcobb.com
'If you feel like singing, sing… Sing to your heart's content.
Judy Garland, Summerstock
I can learn a lot from the man in the pink hat.
Listen/watch - Love Machine
Enjoy this vintage television clip of Love Machine A #1 hit for the Miracles.
Before you make a fashion judgment, notice some sweet performance points.
Watch lead singer Billy Griffin’s eyes and face! Wow – how animated –and compelling. His facial expressions draw you in. He’s never bored with his delivery. He’s singing to you!
Notice Billy’s body language. He’s relaxed and totally engaged with the lyrics.
Listen for breath control. Nothing wasted and oh, how smooth.
Suggestions for your performance development:
1. Find a FUN song you can play with! Choose a mood, tempo or genre different from your current set list.
2. Use a mirror during rehearsal. First, exaggerate your eye and facial expressions. Next, let them come naturally.
3. Play with your body language. As a performer, you embody the message of the song. First, exaggerate. Soon, your natural moves will reflect your own expression of the lyrics.
4. Are you avoiding practice? We all do at times. Put on a funky tune or a funky hat and have some fun! Then get down!-- to business.
Who left that piano out in the rain?
My beautiful students, please protect your voice -your instrument! Tis the season to keep your head, throat and lungs warm and protected from cold and wind. As you can imagine, it is not just the temperature, but changes in weather that threaten colds, congestion and hoarseness.
I keep an extra scarf, sweater or hoodie with me. Don’t leave your piano out in the rain. Wrap it up!
Bizarre Sports Star Rituals
Wade Boggs' pre-game ritual:
Lebron James' 'The Ritual' 1. eat chicken.
2. write the Hebrew word "chai" or 'life" in the red clay before batting. 1. shake hands in strategic sequence 2. toss white powder chalk in the air.
You can learn from the pros.
A repetitive routine can help you concentrate, calm your nerves and boost your performance.
What is your pre-game or pre-performance ritual?
You'll want 5 ritual elements to score at every performance.
Get yours at your next Stage Coaching session:
1. Breath work exercise - breathe deep & low & let it go.
2. Physical alignment exercise -stack the spine toes to nose.
3. Vocal warm-up
4. Mind Set
5. Something quirky that's all yours.