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Adopting Influences – How To Turn Them Into Habits

“There is no influence like the influence of habit.” — Gilbert Parker

From time to time artists can express a frustration with not being able to adopt and incorporate their influences into their music.

After some listening it usually comes down to wanting to be able to do it “right now”.

Well, it takes time. It doesn’t go that fast.

There’s basically three parts to this habit:

  • Grind. Analyze how they’re constructing melodies and techniques they use. Just keep imitating it, singing along, day in and day out (leave room for rest though!). Things like this take time to become incorporated. Also, remember that while you can learn techniques and styles your voice will be yours.
  • Work smart. Connect with people already familiar with, or in, the same genre/style that you want to learn. Seek out vocal coaches and singers who can share their knowledge. It will more than likely accelerate your learning as opposed to simply figuring it out all by your lonesome.
  • Ask a lot of questions. Who, what, when, where, how, why? Who was this person’s influences? What did they influence? When do they use it? Where did they come from? How did they do it? Why are they doing it this way instead of that? The answers you find or come up with don’t have to be 100% correct, simply asking them forces you to start thinking about what it is you’re actually doing.
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Awe-inspiring. So, now what?

After that it comes down to is just to keep on evolving and exposing yourself to as many varied influences, genres, styles, techniques, etc as possible.

Also, developing the patience to see it through.

New habits take time to form, but as long as you keep practicing purposefully you’ll get closer and closer. One day it’ll feel like second nature.


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