What Is

Vocal Psychology?

If you were the singer you are in your wildest dreams,

how would you feel?

Really, imagine it. Where are you? In the recording studio? On a stage? Did you sell out MSG? How many people are listening? What kind of song are you singing? How does it all feel?

Now, switch back to real life.

I’m gonna go ahead and guess that vision feels pretty far away right now. But you know what?

It’s time to tell yourself a new story.

Real talk: I hate it when vocal coaches just let their students sing a song and then say: awesome, see you next week! It’s very important to me to really help people reach new levels, and give them the feeling that they have learned something valuable each lesson. Many vocal coaches try to teach tricks and techniques without looking at what exactly is going ‘wrong’ and why. The thing that bugs me about this, is that you – the student – will never ever sing with your full potential this way.

There is a MUCH better way to grow and develop your voice (and yourself).

{Vocal psychology: mastering the mind and behavior of successful singers.}

 

Every singer has challenges. They are disguised as technical challenges. I always say: 99% of your technical issues are between your ears. Like any other learning process, learning how to sing is a confronting process, you’re going to face difficulties. The difference between singing and other things is: singing is one of the most vulnerable things people can do. It’s easy to quit, and it takes courage and grit to reach new levels. I can teach you how to create volume, but if you e.g. believe that you don’t deserve to be heard, your body will will react to that thought by creating muscle tension. So, if you want to get from a to b, you’ll have to reprogram your brain a little bit – I am living proof that it’s possible, and I am not exceptional. I am just like you.

As soon as I started ‘reprogramming’ my brain, my singing improved. By working with mantras, meditations, thought experiments and visualization, I finally got to that next level of singing. An unexpected side effect was that singing better… also improved my wellbeing. I felt – literally- more vibrant, more open and more harmonious. Singing taught me a lot about letting go, expressing my emotions, dealing with anxiety, making decisions and being loving towards myself and others. I learned to work with my emotional system, instead being a slave of my emotions. I started to feel a powerful core belief: I am enough.

I founded Encantada Live. I’ve coached 150+ people since 2008, and I noticed something fascinating. Everyone else thought they were a fraud, just like I used to think!

  • “I hate my voice!”
  • “I usually sound way better, today is not my day…”
  • “I just can’t reach that high note.”
  • “I’m not really singer.” 
  • & more!

I was able to teach any voice what it needed. But I decided to take it a step further, and help my students on a deeper level. The Vocal Psychology program was born 🙂

I see vocal coaching as a holistic experience, the goal is to develop a degree of mastery of all the parts of yourself. I listen a litte deeper to my clients than other vocal coaches. First of all, there is zero judgement, I listen for ways to maximize their unique sound, how do we fill in the gaps? What is blocking this person on a technical level, and what emotional issue is this a result of? Knowing which parts (physical and emotional) to call on for what. When do your emotions serve and when / how / in what way are they sabotaging.

Why is Vocal Psychology important?

Besides the fact that it’s the most important thing in life to make yourself happy, so that you in turn can spread joy and love and kindness? You’re right, there is another reason. The value of a singer lies in how well they tell a story, how well they convey and evoke a real emotion. To get to that top level of vocal performance requires far more than technique alone.

To be able to share an emotion, you have to actually feel the emotion first, be willing and able to reach it. Lots of people are scared of doing this, because it is insanely vulnerable. It takes courage. The next step is then conveying that emotion, knowing how to project it onto an audience. That’s when you reach the ultimate experience that singers feel: a genuine connection between you and the audience. A magical space in which you can all get lost in the moment.

The Vocal Psychology sessions are as much about self-acceptance, self-healing and self-actualization as they are about learning how to be the best singer you can possibly be. It’s not about ‘finding’ your voice, it’s about allowing your authentic voice to come through 🙂

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