Mindset is simply a mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations. Mindset shapes our beliefs which in turn shapes our character; and eventually, our whole lives!

Your mindset about your singing voice will influence how you communicate – whether through singing or speaking. Your mindset is more or less your inner voice.

Most mindsets are born as a result of childhood experiences and I am going to dwell a little on this.

What you were told as a child will either help or hinder you.
Some aspiring singers are experiencing a lot of vocal hindrances today, not because they cannot sing but because their singing ability has been locked up by a statement directed at them at a tender age.

Try to pinpoint where it all started for you by answering these questions:

1. Have you ever been told to stop singing because your voice hurts the ears?

2. While taking part in a school musical, did you get a non-musical role because your voice didn’t quite fit?

3. Did a choir leader ever tell you to mouth the words of a song like you were singing it for real – all because you were singing off?

4. Did a family member ever tell you to keep quiet because you sounded awful?

5. Did you ever feel intimidated by another singer in a children’s choir and felt you’d never be as good?

6. Did your bestie or someone you respect ever make derogatory statements about your singing?

Many of you must have had experiences like this while in your tender ages. Some others may have been lucky to have had a smooth ride through.

I will ask you a few questions now. In answering the questions, be honest with yourself, try to recall the feelings of your experiences and how other treated you – this will prepare you to change how you feel about your voice.  This is an all important step in developing your voice to its full potential.

Having relived the hurtful feelings, the next step is to go into meditation to change things once and for all! How do you do this?

Find a comfortable place to sit. You may want to close your eyes to avoid distractions. Then do two things:

1. See yourself doing what you love – singing beautifully (in your mind’s eye)

2. Speak positive words to yourself (affirmations)

Words like: I am a beautiful singer. I have a great voice. Everyone loves to hear me sing…compose your unique affirmations and speak them to yourself, believing every word you say. Do this daily.

In time, you will discover there is more to you than meets the eye. The power of your vision and words will kick start a transformation phase in your life. Your confidence and self-esteem will be boosted. Your voice will actually improve and your audience will love you more!

Got questions? Write in the comment box.

Author: Laura Etemah

Laura Etemah is a Nigeria/ UK trained an award-winning and full-time Musician, Music Teacher, Author, Vocal Coach and the Director of Lee Vocal Studios and Lee Ellie Music School. As the music woman who loves children and a highly sought-after Music Teacher for children, Laura is also a strong advocate for the music education of the Nigerian child. More so, she has a passion for helping speakers, singers, musical artistes and aspiring vocalists of all styles and abilities, develop the full potential of their voices. The birth of Lee Vocal Studios came through as a result of this. Laura is also an expert in organizing fun and engaging music workshops for children in singing, piano, guitar, violin and recorder. Her multi-instrument playing skills has paved way for her in the music teaching business, making her a force to reckon with in the industry. Laura uses the Nigerian, British and American curriculum in disseminating her music lectures and this is the reason why she is the most patronized music teacher in Nigeria and across West Africa. Laura also teaches music to adults up to the age of 70! Proving to all that anyone can learn music so long as the interest, time and energy are there. The benefits of music are awesome and adults can rewire their brains for higher achievements and rejuvenate the abilities of the brain by taking music lessons. In 2006, Laura won the the Star Quest Music Reality TV Show, with her band – Daccord; and went on a tour with Tu Baba, Tony Tetuilla, P-Square, The Natives and a host of other Nigerian music stars to the UK to perform at the MOBO awards. Her band, Daccord also went for a 10-city tour with a host of Nigerian music stars (Star Trek, 2006) and performed alongside Akon and LL Cool J at the Star Mega Jam, 2006. In 2011, Laura was awarded by the ex-Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) for her successful NYSC music community projects carried out to benefit the secondary school students of the Surulere Community, in Lagos State, Nigeria. One of the projects included the audio and video recording of the popular song – Good People of Nigeria, which is mostly played on the 1st of October to commemorate the independence of Nigeria. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EOIdwOVtrc Watch the video documentary of my NYSC projects here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SncYCkyAOqg Laura is also well known for her bestselling book, Sing Like a Superstar, which has helped many singers, artistes, choristers, musicians, producers and choir directors to discover the true potential of their voices. The book is also accompanied by a downloadable voice training CD that has proved to build the voices of thousands of singers. In 2011, Laura became the first African woman to obtain a Master of Arts in Music Production from Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom. She also holds a first degree in Geology from Delta State University, Abraka –Nigeria; and a number of diplomas in music. Laura has worked in several recording studios, taught and is still teaching music privately and in many nursery, primary and secondary schools. Laura is also very much in the business of training groups of singers and choristers. Laura is currently based in Lagos-Nigeria, teaching music production, instrument and singing classes.

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