I have never heard anyone mention this phrase, singing tongue mindset, so I am coining it here to give you a powerful tool for learning to sing better and improve your life in general.
If you have not read Your Singing Tongue – Part 1, do that now and then come back here because I want to take you as fast as I can into this must-have mindset for better singing.
So what is the singing tongue mindset?
I like to break things down into smaller parts and use bullets, so here we go:
- My tongue can either help me or hinder me in singing, depending on how I use it
- By learning how it physically works and how to control it, I can improve not only my voice but my attitude and my health
- I know that getting it under control is one of the most powerful things I can do for myself
- I am determined to overcome every obstacle in order to control it
- I won’t give up until I control it
- As I learn to control it, I will feel better about my voice and myself
- I will commit myself to doing singing tongue exercises daily until I “get it”
- But most of all I know that using my tongue to its fullest power starts in my mind
- Whatever speech or singing patterns I have picked up from family members, friends or teachers may or may not have helped me
- I am willing to let go of old destructive and ineffective patterns in order to change my world
- I am willing to enhance and improve any positive and effective patterns too
- No one can stop me from changing how I sing and how I communicate. No one!
- I want my tongue to be used to make sounds that are more powerful than I can imagine
- It starts with my attitude about myself and others
- Once I am rock sold determined to use it for good, I cannot fail
These are the basics. Every one of these statements and affirmations can be fleshed out, but just start with these to begin with.
- Stop what you are doing right now and sit in a comfortable quiet place.
- Read the first bullet point
- Close your eyes and focus on what it means
- As you think deeply about it, become aware of what your tongue wants to do inside your mouth. Is it relaxed, is it tense? What is it doing?
- What is the rest of your body wanting to do? Fidget? Go to sleep?
- What is your mind telling you about the fact that you are doing this right now?
- Jot down notes to remember what you observed
- Repeat this with each of the bullet points.
- If you have to stop before you can finish all the statements, come back later and finish
- Most of all, finish it