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How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun (a Primer) by Emily Gleichenhaus (Mrs. G)

Posted on: March 24, 2014

In early 2014, I lead a Girl Scout troop meeting to earn the Musician Badge and created this document to support my efforts. Developing this primer, my focus was to share some of what I’ve learned, techniques I’ve developed, and some of my personal practices for music making.

Today, I hope is that this information will be helpful to anyone who wants to sing a song for others.

how to sing a song bird

The process in this document is based on the cabaret process and technique I’ve developed over many years in order to sing a song with honesty, authenticity and a unique vision.  This cabaret style also applies to my work with Sing Books with Emily.  For me, the only difference between singing in a Cabaret or Sing Books performance (or in any instance in which I would share a song with others) is the venue and the age of the majority of the audience…and that I’m often holding a book/illustration of the song.  Otherwise, my approach is the same.

This technique, with a bit of tweaking, also works largely for crafting songs as a character in a musical.  It is a time-worn technique for actors to find what is similar within themselves and work that into the crafting and performing of their characters (and thus the songs they sing).   I’ve heard it said that cabaret performers make terrific performers in musicals, but musical performers don’t necessarily make good cabaret performers.  The focus of a good cabaret performance, or in my view, any performance of a song for others, is knowledge of the material, a personal vision for the song,  and a story to tell.  This creates a true, simple, honest and authentic performance-gift to give to those who will sit with you to hear what you have to sing.

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How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun (a Primer)
By Emily Gleichenhaus, Sing Books with Emily
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HOW TO SING A SONG (a primer by Mrs. G)

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