Warm-Ups and Tips To Make You Feel Confident On Stage
While consistent practice and self-assurance is key to building up confidence, there are few other things you can do to ensure your mind stays calm and you feel comfortable during your on stage singing.Be Prepared
If possible, get to the stage before the performance and get familiar with the surroundings. Practice the song you are going to sing on the stage and imagine a crowd before you.
Another way to get prepared for a live audience is to simply find an audience to listen to your singing whenever possible. It can be your friends, family, or music class peers. You can also take up some trips to karaoke bars, perform and listen to other people sing to get rid of the initial shyness of facing a crowd.Memorize the Lyrics
Have you seen how sometimes professional singers seem to be most focused on the message more than the song itself? It actually helps deliver better performance. Understand the lyrics of your song and memorize them before singing to an audience. It helps you connect with the song better and enjoy the performance yourself.Do Not Focus Much On The Audience
Focus on your song than the audience, no matter what the reaction is. Express the song you are singing and when that becomes your goal, the need for perfection will bother you less. You can look past the audience or just focus on their foreheads to avoid distractions.
And remember not to stop when you make a mistake. Keep continuing the performance.Warm Up Exercises
Just like how athletes do stretching to relax and make sure they don't get injured, singers need to take up vocal warm-ups and even whole body warm-ups to feel confident and perform better.
Here is a short warm routine you can follow to sing a solo confidently:
- Fix your posture. Stand upright and relaxed.
- Roll your shoulders back and down 5 times. Stretch your neck muscles and gently pull from either side towards your shoulders alternatingly.
- Next, place your hands on your jaw and start massaging near the ear working down to your chin. You can practice soft vocalization as you massage.
- Massage your resonators as well. Make gentle circles with your fingertips to massage your forehead, cheeks, and nose. Massage for a few minutes and then move on to a breathing exercise.
- Gently breathe in by filling your mouth and throat with air and exhale slowly and add some vocalization when you exhale. It may sound like a heavy sigh. Maintain zero tension on your vocal cords as you continue the breathing exercise. This helps you relax.
- As for vocal warm-ups, you can make motorboat sounds with your lips as you exhale, perform tongue trills, make siren sounds, and combine some range practice while you are at it.
- You can also rehearse some tongue twisters to make sure you don't stumble on words on stage as you sing.
So, give these tips and recommendations a try now. Shed all your worries, and gather your confidence. We are sure you can do it!
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