Unit 229 Task 1 – Initial Skills Audit Look at the skills audit you have completed so far. List three strengths and three weaknesses. Strengths:
Projection = I am not afraid to be heard by my audience.
Expression = Always use facial expressions.
Gestures = Stage presence is key.
Breath control = Transition between head voice and chest voice.
Confidence = Hesitation to reach certain notes.
Pronunciation = I can struggle with a lisp during singing sometimes.
Set a personal goal. What do you want your performance to be like? This could include style of music, songs, image, who you will work with, what will your attendance/punctuality, where will it be? By my final performance i want to be able to perform confidently and without any type of hesitation. I want to be able to perform to an audience and be able to connect with them through stage presence. I am not doing a specific style of music as I like to perform a wide range. The songs I am doing are emotional and relatable, meaning the audience will be captivated and will be able to feel the lyrics of the songs on a personal level. I will mostly be working on my own but when i’m not (like when performing the rock medley) I will be performing with Gregg, Colm and sometimes Rhiannon. I will attend extra curricular practice sessions and even practise at home to help prepare myself for the final performance to make it the best it can be. Research 3 technical exercises for your instrument - what can you do to improve specific skills?
Breath control = I will do vocal warm ups and practise holding notes and breathing more throughout rehearsal sessions. The more I do these the better my body will be able to cope without being able to properly breathe during a song. When I am singing, I want to try to inhale through both my nose and mouth and breathe from my diaphragm. This will allow me to hold notes for longer and not experience breathlessness.
Timing = I will listen to the backing track of the songs I am doing and determine when I shouldn’t be singing and when I shouldn’t be. I will then go through the song until I have the timing right. When I feel that I have an accurate performance I will record myself. By doing this I will be able to see where I have gone right and where I have also gone wrong. Then I will have invaluable feedback and know where I have room for improvement and will be able to correct myself and make my performance better.
Learn lyrics = I will listen to the original song with the artist performing and listen to what is said. I will continuously listen to it until I know every word and even know their meaning to be able to understand the song and it’s meaning to be able to perform it confidently. Learning the lyrics will also take pressure off of me as a performer and not make me worried about forgetting the lyrics and mishearing what was said and perform it all wrong.
Set a SMART target to achieve your goal. Make sure it is Specific, Measurable, Accurate, Realistic, and Time Bound. Write your target below: By my final performance I want to be able to confidently stand in front of an audience and feel comfortable enough to let go and perform the songs i’ve chosen without worry that I will mess up. I am going to improve my rhythm and tempo to help the song flow and not have awkward pauses. I will also like to improve on my stage presence when performing an emotional song so that the audience will be able to connect and will be captivated in my performance. I am going to continuously practise my song till I am confident it is ready to perform, when it’s ready I will perform it to the best of my ability.
The songs I am going to do for my final performance are going to be:
I dreamed a dream (Anne Hathaway)
All I want (Kodaline)
Defying Gravity (Idina Menzel)
Don’t stop believing / Give love a bad name rock medley (Bonjovi + Journey)
Jar of hearts (Christina Perry)
‘I dreamed a dream’, ‘all I want’, ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘Jar of hearts’ are going to be solo songs. When performing these songs I will ensure that I will know all my lyrics and am confident meaning that the audience will not be able to sense my nerves and then will feel comfortable watching me perform. I will make sure to show emotion in my posture and my facial expressions to make the lyrics more personal and captivate the audience into understanding and even reflecting on their own experiences as the songs I have chosen are quite relatable to happenings in everyday life. I have decided to do more solo songs than group work because I personally perform better on my own as I’m all I need and don’t have to rely on anyone else. I am going to be doing a Rock medley of ‘Don’t stop believing’ by Journey and ‘Give love a bad name’ by Bonjovi with Rhiannon, Gregg, Colm and Liam; other performers from my class. Rhiannon accompanies me and sings along-side me and we have split the two songs between us and we mix them together to make one song. Gregg plays the electric guitar to give the songs the famous grunge sound that rock is all about, he plays the riff which is catchy and will make the songs stick in your head and therefore makes the performance memorable and leave the audience wanting to hear more. Colm plays the piano for the background noise and makes sure that if Gregg goes off and makes a mistake during nay part of the song, that the piano is in the back still providing me and Rhiannon, as singers, a background noise so that we don’t go off also if Gregg did. Colm starts off the song and leads us into the transition to the other songs to help everything flow. Lastly, Liam plays the drums to give the medley a catchy beat and a rhythm to follow. Liam gives the whole song flow and initially gives the song the ‘Rock’ vibe. To ensure I am making effective practise I will be making a log book and each time write down what I did well and where I have room for improvement. I will also regularly record myself perform to then listen back to it. By doing this I will be able to see where I have gone right and where I have also gone wrong. Then I will have invaluable feedback and know what I can make better to then correct myself and make my performance better. I will make sure in my free time I go through the songs to get myself familiar with the lyrics of a song so that I will be able to perform it with ease because I know the lyrics and will not need to read off of a lyric sheet. I will know if I have made progress as I will have video evidence of my performances I have previously done, I can then compare it to how I perform it now. Problems I may face include:
Someone in my band becoming ill or simply not turning up = This would mean me and my band would need to