Canadian Musician - November/December 2017 - Page 32

VOCALS Micah Barnes is a singer, songwriter, and vocal and performance coach. He travels between Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles on a regular basis to work with clients and also offers private sessions online. His Singers Playground performance workshops, which he developed at The Highways Performing Arts University in Santa Monica, CA, have helped thousands of artists deepen their skill sets as performers on both sides of the border. www.singersplayground.com. By Micah Barnes Developing Your Own Material (Being Willing to Suck) W e’re not all composers, but we all know a good song when we hear one. Maybe that’s what stops us from taking those first awkward steps towards developing ourselves as songwriters? The first couple of songs we write can feel tentative, unformed, and generally leave us feeling like we’ll never become songwriters, with our first attempts unfinished and unheard. That’s normal and a natural part of learning a new skill set; it’s really challenging to compare our first attempts with our favourite songs. We’re bound to come up short; however, there are some ways that we can deepen our craft and get better at it … if we are willing to suck for a while. Practical Coaching Advice: Breaking the Negatives Because we haven’t “finished” songs that we feel proud of, it stops us from investing in the jour 丁 UPѠѡ݅ݔٕȁ)ѡɔ́ѼՅ䁉Q͔܁ѕхѥٔѕ́ݔхɔѡ)ЁхЁ̸!ɔɔ܁՝ѥ́ѼЁԁ٥++)9=́Qɔ=ٕɹЄ)Q䁥́Ѽ܁ȁѥݕ՝ѼѼ)ȁٕ́ͥՅѥݸѼ܁̸ͥ5䁄ɕ)ͽ́ɸݡͥȁ́ѡȁɅѽ́՝Ѽ)ɥ܁͹э́ɥѼ͕ͥȰɽՍȰє)ьݕѡѼ͠ЁѼՅͽ)Mѥ̰ݔх䁥ѡɽ́ѕȁ͡)ѡэͽѥ́ӊéЁݔЁЁѡ݅䁅Ёѡ)ɔɥqɽͥt͠ѡQЁͻeЁѕ)ݡЁѕ́́ѡЁѡɽՍЁݥٔͽȁѥ)́9QЁݥѡͽ͕ȁѼȁѥ)ɔՍͥȁѼəɴ)]=ȁMMЁ=ٕȁQ)%ݔɔѼ͕̰ѡɔݥɥٔѼд)ѕȰѼɸѡɅаѼɥєݥѠɔɥ͕̰)Ѽɸѡɥ̰ь(ȃ 8$84TL$ $8++)-qɥtɹȁЁݥѠȁɕ́)̵еչɽ̸͕Ʌ́ɥ)ѡЁЁȁԁЁѡѡɹ]ɥє<9=P)ݽ䁅Ёݡѡȁȁ܁ЁЁ͕հ́ͽ)IѼ͍ٕȁѡݕȁՅ͕Ʌѕ)ɽͥٔѼѡݽɱѡݽɐ͍ٕȁ)Ѽɕͥѡɽ՝Յ)1ɸѼͽͥͽ́ѡȁեхȁ)͕ѼͥѼյЁѡЁԁɔ她QЁݥ)݅ѽ݅ɑ́ݥɥȁЁѕхѥٔ)̸ͥ)%ԁeЁ͕Ѽ͠ͽ̰ɥѡѼɔɤ)Ʌѽȁ䁅ѕѥѼѡ݅ѡЁѡ䁡)եѡͽɽͥե̸)Mɥѥ́ɐЁ̰аٕͥ%ӊéЁѥ)ȁѥ́ݥȁи=͔ѡɔɤ)ԁٔЃqɽͽ٥tɥѡɽ̰ѡͥȁ)̄5Ёхѱ䰁ѡ՝ԁݥٕȁЁѼȁѥѥ)չ́ԁхЁȁɹ