Then you have to plan for that.
Let’s consider a few questions frankly and honestly:
➼ Is your voice as fluid, agile, and POWERFUL as it was when you were younger than 40?
➼ Do you have a PLAN for keeping your voice supple, responsive, expressive, and enjoyable to listen to?
➼ Do you still ENJOY the sound, feel, and responsiveness of your voice?
➼ Have you experienced any CHALLENGES with your singing voice that you believe or feel to be caused by age-related issues?
➼ Do you KNOW you can DEPEND on your singing voice to be there, fully-engaged, when you want or need it?
My name is Natalie Eastman, owner of A Higher Note LLC music studio. I’m a former professional singer and have taught private-instruction and small-group music education for 25 years.
I’m also 53, at the time of this writing.
I’ve admitted publicly that I want to sing until I die. Literally. I hope to sing with vigor, control, stamina, range, good tone, and expression. And when I say that I don’t mean that I just want to be able to sing passably. I don’t really want to be just “good enough.” Personally, I’d rather have a pretty remarkable voice.
Just as much, I’d love to enjoy the sound of my own voice, feel its responsiveness, and be able to rely on its dependability for my entire life.
Singing is, at its core, a muscular event, just like any physical movement or athletic endeavor. As such, if you don’t use it, you lose it. The younger you are, the longer time it takes for that “loss” to become apparent. But the older you get, the less time it takes to notice the loss of responsiveness, resilience, range, and robustness. Plus, the recovery, rehabilitation, and re-strengthening of the voice takes longer when you let a period of time go by without singing regularly. And that period of time gets shorter and shorter with each decade, for many reasons.
And that’s just for maintaining a basic-level voice that can sing decently.
For a voice to maintain a robust presence that’s “easy on the ears” for others, as well as for yourself; for a voice to keep growing; and for a voice to maintain flexibility, strength, support, and agile expression, training has to happen. This includes the elements called warming up and cooling down your voice before and after singing; but it must also include the element of working out your voice so it can maintain its strength – and keep growing.
I’ve seen friends and loved ones lose their facility with their voice and I’ve witnessed the loss they feel emotionally, socially, and spiritually. When an individual loses his or her voice for age-related reasons, or for any reason, whatever the stage of life, there’s a grief and sense of loss there that’s difficult for the individual to process internally, much less express externally. They might feel embarrassed, angry, disillusioned, disoriented, or just plain sad.
On a meta level, though, they feel and believe that a part of themselves is missing – a part that helped them be who they are, express feelings they couldn’t express any other way, and enjoy personal, social, professional, and/or worshipful encounters they feel they wouldn’t have had without singing.
I’d like not to give up singing at any point.
I’d like not to lose my voice.
I’d like not to lose the enjoyment of my voice.
That’s what I’m hoping for. But we both know it takes more than just hope to maintain a muscular activity, don’t we? It takes work and exercise – with both planning and effort, as well as the fun of lots of singing – to see that hope realized.
For years, probably about twenty-five years I guess, I’ve studied vocal-development systems, methods, and programs that promise this, that, or the other vocal reality. Almost all of them have been excellent and helpful for developing my voice.
At some point, I decided, “For this to last the long-haul, it has to be sustainable.” In the end, I’ve boiled down many of these programs’ essential elements into actions, habits, and exercises that help me maintain consistent, simple, and effective vocal growth and maintenance.
During the Keep Singing 5-Day Challenge this week, I’ve shared important portions of those boiled-down best-practices for singers.
But in 5 days, it’s impossible to
Share everything I’ve learned
Give you more than cursory best practices.So…
If you have a vision like mine to sing with a dependable, beautiful, powerful, expressive voice until your parting breath, then it’s time to join…
This group lessons & coaching program is for singers over 40 who want to be able to sing with those characteristics:
➤ good tone
…until the day they die, to be quite frank.
All of those vocal attributes together – power, agility, range, tone, expression, and control – lead to joyful singing with a voice you can depend on for your *entire* lifetime.
The Challenge training is geared toward singers over 40. Hence, the huge callout in the image…
I’m calling out to you singers over 40 for whom these words are hitting your heart right now and your mind is agreeing with feelings. I’m calling out with the
Vision for your vocal performance of what can be.
So, I leave you with the question:
Here’s how the Challenge works:
- Daily Video & Written Trainings. Over the course of the five days, Challenge participants will get daily emails providing links to pre-recorded training videos, which they watch on their own. These last between 15 and 30 minutes. Not too long.
- Daily LIVE Q & A. Each day, if you are able for it, you have the opportunity meet with me, along with the rest of the Challenge group, for live Q & A sessions. These take inside our private Facebook group page. The FB group page is specifically for A Higher Note’s Keep Singing community.
- Daily Assignments. Finally, I give Challenge participants daily assignments, which you will need to complete on your own each day. These are designed to take around 15 minutes.
Nothing is too long or overwhelming. Each day’s training video is about 15 to 30 minutes. The live Q&A will last as long as people have questions, but I will try to keep it to under 30 minutes. And the daily assignments are designed to take about 15 minutes to complete. So, each element is fairly bite-sized.
Throughout the course of the week, you will…
- Build a foundation for sustaining your ongoing daily practice
- Design a personal daily vocal practice
…SO THAT YOU CAN…
Support your desire to sing – and sing WELL – and KEEP singing well –throughout all the changes and challenges your voice will face, or is currently facing, throughout every decade of your life.
That’s great! Enroll here:
Q: I’m under 40. Can I still join this program?
A: Short answer: yes, you can do it even if you’re under 40 and you’ll get a lot out of it. A lot of the information will benefit singers of any age. However, at every possible opportunity, which will be many, the training will be designed primarily for and geared toward the goals, needs, and issues pertinent to singers in the decades past the age of 40.