Quality feedback is an important aspect of any singer’s growth. It’s also difficult to find. And when you do find it, how do you determine which feedback to take to heart? Even a successful music producer could be wrong about you and your artistic take on a song.
As a music composition student in college, I learned a great process for evaluating the musical performances I encountered. Instead of asking, “Do I like this or not?” I was taught to ask, “What was the artistic goal and was it achieved?”
This is an approach to performance evaluation that removes personal taste from the table and focuses only on the intention of the performer. Most people evaluating music do not take this approach.
Being that we’re all human, you have to remember that much of the feedback you receive, even when it’s positive, should be taken with a grain of salt. The “I like it” or “I don’t like it” approach can be easily affected by what kind of day a person is having, or by their personal feelings about you and your style of music.
Analyzing from the perspective of artistic intent is a much more reliable and productive approach. And it’s much less common. I’m asking you to make this approach your own as you grow and hone your skills. Who knows better than you what want to put across with a song? No one.
The first-tier performance evaluator has to be you.
As a performer, it’s important to develop self-evaluation skills. I’m not saying to skip outside feedback. I’m saying, set your own standards first and see if you can rise to them. And do it by asking yourself what your intention was, and if you achieved it.
To that end, I created the 3-Stage DIY Self-Performance Evaluation for Singers. It’s a free PDF you can download HERE.
Check it out and start being your own best (constructive) critic!