What singer has not at one time or another found it necessary to change his technical skills so as to improve vocally? Those singers who have well-developed imagery skills can more swiftly characterize the old way and the new way by feeling, by hearing and by seeing. In the end, they are much more adept at leaving behind the old technique and adopting the new. Such singers, in sum, practice better.
Singers with highly efficient imagery skills can focus more easily on the pictures, colors, and objects conjured up by their imaginative interpretation and not yield to the person in the front row who is blowing his nose so loudly; in short, those singers are better equipped to resist distractions.
Our results show that improving one’s imagery skills is not a difficult task. It simply requires learning the skills and understanding the nature of their application, the will to do this, and the time in which to do it. Imagery exercises are readily available in performance literature. If one were to count up the factors that lead to a successful singing career, imagery would play a large part in most of them:
The acquisition of dependable vocal technical skills;
The maintenance of a beautiful tone;
The capacity to remain in control, focused, and concentrated during the stress of performing;
The confident enjoyment of performance;
The power to transport an audience into the life of the composition by the singer’s sheer personal belief in self and the text.
It is difficult to think of another single skill that has so many applications to the art of singing. It is easy to believe that imagery is the language of performance. Voice teachers might well say to their singers: “Image your way to a successful career!”