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Advice for Singers

Reputation Comes Slowly
Reputation which will last comes only by slow degrees. Man ma...

Vocal Tone
All vocal tone used in singing when produced at the vocal b...

Renew Thought
The teacher who does not live in high thought, and who does n...

Activity
Fortunately, no two persons are exactly alike. If they were...

Wait For Results
Some of us are slow to learn the lesson, waiting for results....

Desultory Voice Practice
European schools and teachers stand aghast at what American...

Change Opinions
In these days of invention, discovery and progress, no one ne...

Power Of Thought
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Fault Finding
Pupils may be sure that teachers do not find fault with them ...

Analyze Songs
Every song or other vocal composition should be analyzed as...

Nature Seldom Jumps
Nature seldom moves by jumps, and a student who reaches the b...

Criticism
The phraseology of newspaper criticism often disturbs musicia...

Musical Library
A musical library should be a possession of every singer. The...

There Are No Mistakes
How often does every one of us make the "mistake of a lifetim...

Come Up Higher
The man makes the musician as does the musician make the man....

Music And Longevity
Perhaps no one chooses to question the statement that lengt...

Success
A few decades ago a clumsy, lank, raw-boned boy roamed over...

Educing
Educing is bringing out or causing to appear. Teachers impart...

Mental Recovery
A teacher cannot do better for himself and his work than to o...

Little Things Effect
Every shade of tone has a meaning which is either artistic or...


Experience









A very good reason, but one which individuals can attend to, why we have
so few artists among singers, is that so few take time to gain
experience. There must be many appearances before audiences before the
amateurishness is worn off. Singers often think, when they hear a
noted singer, that they could do just as well as that and perhaps
better, and yet they cannot get professional engagements. It may all be
true, that they can do just as well as the artist, but in appearance and
self-command they may be deficient. Experience cannot come in a day or a
season. If it could what a crowd of singers would become noted. It takes
much time--years of time. One cannot safely feel that he has had
experience enough to place himself among the professional singers until
he has appeared at least fifty times. How many of our readers have done
that? Many visit the large cities and seek engagements who have great
talent and have the probability of complete success in them, but who
have had so little proper experience that their first appearance in the
large city, would be a failure. Managers of experience perceive this
state of affairs and refuse to give engagements on that account. Gain
that appearance necessary to the artist by singing before public
audiences everywhere, at church festivals, benefit concerts, parlor
receptions, college recitals, anywhere where an audience can be
entertained. Study your influence over your audience and learn how to so
express your art in your voice and singing that your audiences are your
subjects. Concert after concert must pass before you know your own power
in song. Year after year will go bye, before it is safe to approach the
critical audiences of large cities.





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