• Val Bastien

How Prolific Are You?

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

How many songs are you working on right now? How many songs do you have in your repertoire? And how many songs have you recorded yet?



I see many singers record and share song after song after song on social media despite having rehearsed them only a couple of times. Sometimes they admit to that in their opening comment but more often than not you can just tell because it shows.

When a singer appears nervous...

When lyrics are read...


When there are obvious pitch problems...

When the song appears too difficult...


When the performance appears robotic as opposed to soulful...

Then assumptions are confirmed that you were not prepared well enough to share this song with the world. Does it sound like you? If so, what are you trying to prove?


I raise my hat to you for showing up. But I'm also concerned that you may be shooting yourself in the foot...

Social platforms have surely been pressuring you to create content in order to build an audience who come to expect your music on a regular basis. Hopefully this has triggered the outcome you were going for and they are coming back for more week after week. But if not, take a moment to ask yourself why this isn't working...


When you think about the logistics of this you realize that perhaps this strategy is not working out in your favour because:

  1. Exposing too many flaws is damaging to your reputation and confidence. Plus, performing songs at a mediocre level attracts more of the same.

  2. Rehearsing songs to increase your list takes time away from expanding your actual skills and addressing gaps in your vocal approach.

  3. You are confusing your instrument by not letting your larynx understand how to maneuver around familiar melodies therefore practicing mistakes and worsening your bad habits.

I hate to break it to you but do you really believe that Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tik Tok and the like are really looking after your best interests? Or are they just in it to make money off your back?


I understand that there is some satisfaction in getting over a song fast and moving on quickly to your next favourite. The thrill of a new song is like the one of a new love. After the lust is gone things can get a little bit... well... dull!


If you think that practicing the same song for days on end is boring then what are you going to do when you have to sing your #1 hit for the next 20 years because your public loves it?!


Perseverance is a key factor to perfecting your skills. Repetition is part of perfectionism and is just something you have to get over and come to appreciate.

Quickly expanding your repertoire does nothing to improve your skills. This is why we have a case of less is more here. I encourage you to settle on a song for several weeks to master it completely rather than rushing. Once your vocal instrument eases into a song, the strategies you develop begin to stick and transfer to other songs too. By reinvesting the time you spend learning new repertoire towards mastering your vocal technique instead, you will eventually be able to select more interesting songs, and of higher difficulty, and sing them with more conviction. This is by far a better way to grab your public's attention so that you stand out from the crowd.


If you don't care about singing beautifully, conveying the meaning of your songs creatively and thoughtfully expressing yourself musically, then you are right... There is no point in taking the time to practice them more than once or twice before show time.

But if you are serious about getting in your best vocal shape ever, blow everyone's mind with your amazing singing, make a name for yourself and grow a dedicated fan base, then I can help! With my expert advice, there is no limit to what you can achieve. So what do you say? Are you ready to talk?


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www.voiceyourselfsinging.com/apply


Quality over quantity,


Val