The most overlooked aspect of singing revealed!
Do any of these sound familiar?
I overthink everything when I go to sing…
My voice breaks as I go higher…
I do my exercises every day but freak out when I get on stage…
I strain and sabotage my voice…
I wish I could feel confident when performing…
Singing fills me with anxiety…
We have developed the perfect solution.
Think Better, Sing Better is the world’s first course to focus solely on the singer’s mind. It helps you to harness and strengthen your mind so you can explore and expand your vocal ability. The mind has long been the most overlooked aspect of singing. But not anymore.
THINK BETTER, SING BETTER
Most people think singing ability comes down to being blessed with natural-born talent, enjoying a childhood that nurtured your musical talent and having a strong musical heritage within your family. Other, more sceptical people simply put it down to witchcraft and magic.
The truth, though, is that a person’s vocal ability is determined by their mindset. That is, how they utilise their mind, how they perceive the world around them, how they approach their fears and how well-trained their inner self-talk is.
Think Better, Sing Better, VoxNinja’s flagship product, was developed specifically to supercharge your mindset and bring you a stronger voice, a better career and a more fulfilling life.
For most singers, their biggest demon lies within them: their mindset.
We’ve all psyched ourselves out of a song, performance or note. Think Better, Sing Better will stop this from happening ever again.
Using a range of techniques, exercises and activities, this program will hone and focus your mind, strengthen your mindset and improve your career and life. It will do that by addressing some of the most common problems experienced by singers, including:
- Stage fright
- Lack of confidence
- Stress and nerves
- Tension release
- Vocal health
- Career/performance visualisations
Think Better, Sing Better includes:
- 15 MP3 tracks, including 12 custom-made hypno–meditative sessions – that’s more than 110 minutes of audio!
- The Think Better, Sing Better e-book (PDF). This explains the principles used to guide the creation of the audio tracks and tips for improving your mindset, performances, voice and life.
As an added bonus you will also receive FREE:
- The Singing Basics (PDF) A comprehensive yet concise e-book that demystifies vocal technique, explains the inner workings of the voice, outlines the importance of breathing for singing, emphasises vocal health and much more.
- The Singers Stretching Routine (PDF) – A quick stretching routine that will make sure your body is always warmed up and relaxed prior to singing. Don’t forget – singing is a full-body exercise.
Custom hypnotherapy tracks can range from $20 to hundreds of dollars each. Think Better, Sing Better offers specifically-designed tracks for singers, performers and professional voice users for a fraction of the price.
Think Better, Sing Better Tracklisting
- Hypnosis Example
A quick example of what hypnosis feels like.
- Lemon Test
An example of just how physically powerful the mind can be.
- Weekly Mind Workout
Listen to this track once a week. It will help strengthen your goals, dreams, health and voice.
- Guided Affirmation
Affirmations guiding you towards a happy healthy and prosperous future.
- Performance Visualisation
Visualise a successful upcoming performance.
A track focusing on filling your body with a sense of calm and relaxation.
- Restorative Energy
Restore energy, health, and clarity with your body using colour and breath.
- Stage Fright Crippler
A track designed to cure any feelings of doubt, nerves or stage fright.
- Your Best Performance
Your best performance visualized before it happens.
- Goal Realization
Visualize how it will feel to have achieved your goals.
- Quick Pre-Performance
Relax your body and boost confidence with this short track.
- Anchor Confidence
A track used to anchor complete confidence within your body.
- Anchor Relaxation
A track used to anchor relaxation and calm within your body.
THINK BETTER. SING BETTER.
About the creator
“Singing is as much mental as it is physical… and for most singer’s their mindset is the only thing keeping them from their vocal dreams!” – Joel Harrison
VoxNinja and Think Better, Sing Better are the creations of Joel Harrison, an Australian vocal coach, singer, songwriter, guitarist, author, yogi and certified hypnotherapist.
“The voice is a muscle, and it must be warmed up and cooled down – just as an athlete would warm their muscles up before competing and then cool them down afterwards,” Joel says. “Without an effective process for doing this, singers will run into trouble sooner or later.”
From very early on in his singing career, Joel struggled with his voice. Overcoming his own vocal problems motivated Joel to help other singers solve theirs, free their voices and achieve their singing goals.
In 2010, Joel moved to Nashville – the country music capital of the world – where he received his accreditation as a certified Brett Manning associate vocal coach. Joel has been teaching a growing student base ever since while also tirelessly researching the inner workings of the voice. He’s studied a myriad of vocal literature, programs and ideology, and broadened his understanding of vocal anatomy and physiology. This has led Joel to develop a range of VoxNinja programs as well as Think Better, Sing Better, the world’s first course linking a singer’s mind to their vocal ability.
“When I was younger, I was bullied during singing lessons, made to feel worthless by teachers and pushed to the point of breakdown,” Joel confesses. “Looking back, I can see how wrong that was. I don’t believe you get the best out of students by making them feeling uncomfortable or inferior in lessons.
“If I give my best as a teacher and motivate my students in a comfortable, friendly, fun and professional environment, it gives them the best chance to achieve their goals. I’m on their team and if they succeed then I succeed.”
“Every singer – and teacher, for that matter – is ultimately after the same things. Firstly, range extension. Connection from top to bottom with no evidence of the passaggio. Then, consistency in both tone and stamina. And finally, the ability to sing softly, loudly and everything in between on any note within their range.
“As a teacher and friend, I’m incredibly lucky to be part of every student’s lifelong journey to discovering their truly unique voice. I love teaching because it means that every day I can meet and help new people learn the tools they need to create the music and sounds they hear in their heads.”
“Over thinking usually leads to under performing” – Joel Harrison
DEVELOP CONFIDENCE IN YOUR
SINGING, YOUR MIND AND YOUR DAY TO DAY LIFE
Is Think Better, Sing Better Right For Me?
Well, are you a singer or voice professional:
Struggling with your voice? ✓
Lacking in confidence? ✓
Self-sabotaging and seemingly unable to reach your goals? ✓
Battling crippling anxiety when performing or practicing? ✓
Who’s considered a ‘professional’ but feeling anything but? ✓
Who is dedicated to your art and craft, and ready to make changes for the future? ✓
If any of these resonate,
TRY Think Better, Sing Better TODAY!
F.A.Q – Frequently Asked Questions
How long until I see results?
How long is a piece of string? Most people will feel their voice strengthen and their confidence grow straight away but others may need to use the program consistently over a longer period of time. These resources are designed to address non-physical issues commonly affecting singers and public speakers. The depth and cause of those issues will impact how long it takes for each individual to enjoy results.
I'm currently studying with another teacher/program. Will it be counter-productive to do both?
We believe Think Better, Sing Better is a great addition to any vocal practice, coaching or performance. If your teacher suggests otherwise or uses techniques that feel belittling or negative, we would recommend finding one that uses more uplifting, collaborative and encouraging teaching methods.
How do I use the program?
Before listening to any of the audio tracks, you should read and complete the Think Better, Sing Better e-book. This will ensure you have a general understanding of the concepts used within the audio portion of the program so you can get the most out of the program as a whole.
Which track should I use?
Try listening to each track at least 3 times over a few weeks. Don’t listen to all the tracks in one sitting as this could cause you to burn out.
Tracks 4 – 14 are targeted at specific areas of the singer’s voice, mind and body.
How does the mind work?
Water will take the shape of anything it flows through. Similarly, the ideas that flow through our minds will become the basis and nature of our thoughts. For the purpose of this program, there are two levels of your mind:
The conscious level that is rational
The subconscious level that is irrational
These two minds are not separate; they are one mind with two forms of activity.
Your subconscious mind is always working, whether you ask it to or not. Right now, as you read this, your subconscious mind is telling your heart to beat, your breath to flow and your eyes to move from one word to the next. It happens automatically and without conscious awareness.
Your conscious mind is made up of all the things you’re aware of – your thoughts, your experiences and your beliefs. This is your emotional and creative mind. But the ideas and information that flood the conscious mind can sink into your subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind doesn’t reason or argue either. It simply accepts what it is given. It can’t determine if something is real or fake – including a person’s irrational fears. Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to establish it and work on exciting it.
This can work for both positive and negative thoughts, which is why, as a singer, you must think positively.
The little voice we all hear in our conscious mind doesn’t always have our best interests at heart. It can be irrational and greatly affected by past issues and experiences. It can create fear and uncertainty without any real or rational foundation for those feelings, and these filter through to our subconscious minds.
So, how do we protect ourselves from the irrational subconscious? With reason and choice – two things the conscious mind controls. With Think Better, Sing Better, we can train the conscious mind to protect the subconscious mind by providing it with positive, prosperous thoughts and ideas for the present and the future.
What Is hypnosis? Is hypnosis safe?
When hypnosis is performed effectively, it can bring about an altered state of awareness. It can encourage a deep state of relaxation or trance, concentrated focus and increased alertness of both levels of the mind. This is what makes hypnosis a great method for delivering new ideas for the subconscious mind to work with and to unlock memories, motives and problems that could be affecting a singer’s vocal ability.
Hypnosis is an ancient tradition that has been linked to ancient Egyptian and Greek civilisations and used for centuries to invoke a trance-like state to overcome problems. Being in a hypnotic state is perfectly normal and natural. There is nothing mystical involved. It is not magic or a dark art. It cannot control you or make you do things you don’t want to do. Hollywood is mostly to thank for the negative stereotypes that often surround hypnosis.
Despite these portrayals of hypnosis, the technique is slowly being embraced by the modern world. It is now used by health professionals to assist with goal achievement, treat serious emotional problems and phobias, alleviate medical conditions and addiction and, in some cases, as an alternative to anaesthetic drugs during major operations.
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes, absolutely. People who have been hypnotised liken it to being sleepy, in a deep relaxation or daydreaming. It is a trance-like state between sleep and wakefulness. During this time you are completely aware of the words and suggestions being spoken to you and are in complete control of your actions.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. This is why hypnosis and hypnotherapy are deregulated in many countries around the world. The person undergoing hypnosis cannot be made to do anything they don’t wish to do.
The United States government worked for many years and spent millions, possibly billions, of dollars developing the MK Ultra program, which aimed to utilise mind control within the armed forces. The project was abandoned because the goal was deemed impossible. If one of the world’s most powerful governments was unable to achieve the goal of mind control after years of research and funding, it’s unlikely that this program or any other hypnotherapist will be able to.
Is hypnotherapy the same as stage hypnosis?
No. The use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes is referred to as hypnotherapy and is very different to stage hypnosis, which can involve people clucking like chickens or dancing on stage as though they’re in Riverdance.
Stage hypnosis is a form of entertainment. It won’t cure someone’s fear of heights or alleviate their addiction to smoking. It’s not a way to fix problems but rather a way to make money and fill venues. It’s main aim is to generate entertainment for an audience. That is, make them laugh at the participant’s expense.
So while the element – hypnosis – is the same in hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis, the application and aims of it are completely different.
What are affirmations and visualisations?
What are affirmations?
Affirmations are declarations using words or phrases. By repeating them to yourself over and over, you reinforce their truth. Over time, that repetitive process embeds the ideas into your subconscious mind and imprints them on your personality. Affirmations evolve into beliefs and become reality.
They can be positive or negative, too. When affirmations are negative, they can cause doubt, low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. But when affirmations are positive, they can overpower any pre-existing negative beliefs and build your self-worth and value. They can help you achieve your goals by keeping them at the forefront of your mind. They can encourage you to think constructively and outside the box.
Have affirmations caused my fears?
Affirmations have produced every belief and fear within your life and mindset, whether you know it or not. Every experience we encounter as human beings is stored within our minds. Memories of these experiences are retraced, relived and repeated constantly and eventually come to form our beliefs.
A great illustration of this concept is this: A single drop of water will not affect a stone, but constant drips everyday will alter and erode the stone.
This process is an important part of growing up and, in many ways, can help with practical life lessons. For example, we know not to touch hot stoves because we’ve either been told time and time again that we’ll get burnt if we do or we’ve done it once and suffered the consequences.
It’s impossible to know exactly how an experience will impact our beliefs. Affirmations aren’t always logical or rational. It’s possible to have a seemingly meaningless but negative experience, such as with a bird or a spider or heights, and for that negativity to manifest into beliefs, fears or phobias that become ingrained in our personality and therefore our reality.
What are visualisations?
It’s often said that a picture paints a thousand words so, by that same token, a visualisation is worth a thousand affirmations.
A visualisation is a visual representation of a desired goal. You want to win a Grammy? The visualisation of this goal would be you standing on stage as your idol hands you your Grammy.
An important aspect of visualisation is imagery. Imagery invokes stronger projections of your senses. For performers specifically, imagery can be used to simulate the execution of a performance, address issues and build confidence. It can help an artist develop a map or blueprint of a performance and allow them to rehearse in their own mind. This simple yet effective technique can increase confidence and reduce negative self-talk, nerves and anxiety. It takes advantage of the fact that your mind cannot tell the difference between a visualisation and an actual performance.
Just like singing, imagery, visualisation and the rest of the techniques in this book will require practice. Diligence will come to some singers easier than others. No matter what the case for you, the effort will be worth it in the long run.
Are thoughts and beliefs the same?
Almost but not quite. A thought passes through your mind but a belief does not. A belief is a thought or piece of information that has become ingrained over time through repetition and emotion. But neither are set in stone.
Does that mean that thinking I can hit a high D every day will mean I can do it?
The short answer is no. If it were that easy, I would have named the program ‘How To Think Your Way To High Cs and Beyond’.
Singing, like most things in life, doesn’t have shortcuts that can replace the many hours required to develop correct vocal technique, configuration and muscle memory. But, when we combine efficient vocal training with a positive mindset, results are better and achieved more quickly.
Think Better, Sing Better is designed to complement a systematic vocal training program or singing lessons that lay the foundations for a healthy voice. As well as improving your mindset while singing, the techniques used in this program can work to improve your mindset in other areas of your life, from work and relationships to health and self-confidence.