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Stage Fright

Overcoming Stage Fright

You hear yourself being introduced.  Your mouth runs dry.  Your heart is pounding in your chest.  There are butterflies in your stomach and you’re ready to flee… We’ve all been there.

We all have different personalities; maybe you are shy, maybe your worried that the audience wont like you, but you just love singing. At some point in time, you may find you have to sing in front of an audience (no matter how big or small)

Breathing is critical.  It’s natural to start breathing faster when we are anxious.  If you don’t get your breath under control, you are going to start your songs  sounding squeaky and breathless.  Just concentrate for a few minutes before you start singing on taking deep breaths.

Try (slowly) Breath in 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   Breath our 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Smile as you take your place, but keep breathing!   As your music starts, count your breath in time with the music before you actually start to sing.

Know your basic techniques. Once you hit the performance stage, very little of your energy should focus on the mechanics of singing.  It should be second nature to you, leaving you to concentrate on the deliverance of the song and your lyrics, so make sure you know your song inside out and feel confident that you can perform it well.   You may find it helpful to lose yourself completely in your song, feel the music, feel the emotion, and try to convey that across to your audience.    You may find it helpful to move around or gesticulate.  Sway your hips from side to side, in time with your music and feel that tension ease.

Shut your eyes if the thought of looking at your audience terrifies you, but watch you don’t trip over, or perhaps focus on a point slightly above your audience so that you don’t actually look at them, but it will appear that you are.

Stressful situation will make your mouth feel dry.  If you are prone to this, keep a glass of water handy and swill it around your mouth.  Pop a lozenge in your mouth, to stimulate saliva. These will also help if the atmosphere is dry and smoky.

Try not to rely too heavily on Dutch Courage, you may lose your inhibitions, but too many and you may end up giving a performance that you would rather forget

What if I forget the lyrics

Try to know your song inside out, so that if you do lose your way you can find your place as quickly as possible.  There’s a helpful article here if you forget your lyric, but try to sing something – anything, rather than stop dead. That’s only going to draw attention to yourself and make you more flustered.

Concentrate on your performance.  Don’t get easily distracted or put off by anything.  Stay focused, because as soon as your mind wanders, you’ve lost control and therefore lost your grip on your audience.

Generally audiences are very forgiving, and will appreciate you are nervous. Once you have sung a song or two you realise that your audience isn’t going to eat you, you will start to relax, and enjoy yourself

 

How To Be More Confident Singing

Sing With Confidence

How To Be More Confident Singing
Feel too nervous to get up and have a go? – You are not alone. Many professional singers suffer with nerves before they sing live!!!    To sing with confidence? Try the following tips!!

1. The most difficult part is getting up to sing in front of an audience for the first time –  So try singing in front of a support family member or friend to begin with, then increase the numbers. Once you have achieved this it will become easier each time you perform.

2. Karaoke and jam nights are great for gaining confidence! No-one cares if you forget the words or mess up the songs so you can relax, have fun and get used to singing in front of an audience.

3. Ask a friend or group of friends to get up and sing with you – or pick a song that you can have a laugh with!

4. Choose a song you know really well avoid tunes that are difficult to sing until you are more confident about your voice and performing in front of an audience.

5. As soon as you get on stage relax your shoulders and clear your mind of everything except the song you are going to sing.

6. Take a deep breath, exhale, look ahead and smile as you take the stage – even if you feel terrified this will help you look confident.

7. If you are really nervous, concentrate on at a point just above the audiences head or if singing karaoke concentrate on the television screen and you’re singing rather than looking at the audience!

8. Find yourself shaking when you are singing? Then move around a bit – swing your hips and bop around – it’ll help you to forget your nerves and make you look confident.

9. If you know the song really well but are still nervous of performing in front of a crowd, then focus on an object slightly above the audience instead of their faces.

10. Don’t worry about making a fool of yourself or how you sound – just have a go! You may be surprised at the results

11. If you’ve really got an awful voice & know it – but still want to have a go? Pick a song that everyone can join in with, a track that is funny or make up funny words, pull faces or use props – you’ll sound great & the audience will laugh with you – not at you!!

 

Free Guide – Posture for Singers

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Posture

It is very important to consider your posture when you sing.   You use your voice as an instruments, and like all instruments, you should know how to hold them correctly.   When we sing, we use our heads, throats, chest and abdomen to create our sound, so it is important that we maintain a posture that benefits these areas.

It is difficult to draw in to the bottom of your lungs if you are sitting down, so stand up.

Stand tall, with your shoulders back and let your arms dangle loosely by your side.

Keep your head up so that it opens your airway

Feel yourself being pulled upwards from your navel to the top of your head, so that you create more space for air in your lungs

Try standing with your knees unlocked and with one foot slightly in front of the other, about shoulder width apart

Try to keep your abdomen muscles tight

Relax but don’t slouch!