3 Minute Ideas – Improving your singing using non-judgmental observation

What is the best way to improve your singing? How can you make improvements without ending up feeling hopeless and frustrated.

Over the next 3 weeks I’m going to be sharing with you tips from The Fearless Performer, my online programme, that will help you get the most from your singing. This week I’m looking at Non-judgmental observation as a tool for achieving improvement in your singing.

Blog Transcript

Hi, over the next two or three weeks, I’m going to be sharing with you little snippets from my Fearless Performer Programme. Little bits that will help you perform better and with more freedom.

In this week, I’m gonna be talking about non-judgmental observation.

Now, if any of you are like I used to be, probably still am at times, you will know that self-critical voice.

That one like, oh, I’ve done it again. I can’t believe I’ve done it again. Why can’t I get that bit right? Where you go into that over-critical space. It’s what I did for years and years and years in the belief that it would make me better.

Now, one way you can really change how you practice and perform is to let go of that critical voice and move into a space that I call nonjudgmental observation.

It comes from Tim Gallwey, this idea, and nonjudgmental observation is where you use the phrase, that’s interesting.

So instead of going, “Oh my goodness, my throat’s tight again. How am I gonna relax that?” Or “My tongue’s riding up at the back, what’s going on?”

You go into the space where you’re like, “That’s interesting, my tongue’s riding up at that stage. I wonder what that’s about?” Or “I’m losing my breath there. I wonder what’s going on that that’s happening?”

Now, it may sound very, very similar, but the most important difference is there’s no critical judgment there, it’s simple observation.

And with that comes the idea that it’s just something you’re doing or that is happening as a result of something else. It’s something that can change. It’s not something, oh my goodness, you do all the time and you can’t get out of this habit, whereby you’re telling yourself you can’t change it.

It’s just really interesting and thinking, I wonder if there’s a reason behind that means that it stops being your fault and it starts being something you can change.

So what I’d like you to take away from this little moment is nonjudgmental observation.

Take it into your practice and take it into your performance. Things are just interesting. You can be curious about them and that means you can take steps to work out what’s going on underneath and change them without believing that there’s something wrong with you or that you’re inept or incapable or stupid.

So thank you for listening and enjoy non-judgmental observation.

If you’ve liked what i’ve talked about today and like my way of looking at music and and performing, then there is a free training you can sign up for here.  

Thank you so much for listening