If you've ever wondered how to sing on stage and dominate than read on for some tips that you won't find anywhere else...
Do you know the secrets of singing a stellar performance?
When you’re performing on stage, what should you be thinking of?
What should you be listening for?
How do you know that the performance is going well?
All interesting questions! Let’s get some answers…
When you’re on stage performing and you are singing well, you know this because you can hear it, right?
The truth is: when you are performing on stage, with many types of music it’s quite difficult to hear your voice perfectly. Especially any type of music that involves having a band playing in the background.
Fold back speakers and “in-ear monitoring” do help matters. (In-ear monitoring is when you wear special headphones that help you to hear yourself).
But it’s not completely perfect. It’s not the same as practicing in your bedroom where your voice powers over the stereo.
Listen up: when you sing, your ears aren’t the only things that give you feedback. Yes, you can hear yourself sing and it is valuable feedback. But even more important, you can feel yourself sing.
This feeling when you sing is probably more important than actually hearing the singing yourself!
It’s these feelings that allow you to navigate your voice.
This means that when you jump on stage, and you can’t hear yourself perfectly, just relax. Instead of desperately trying to listen for your voice, tune into the feelings. Pay attention to the sensations that your singing produces. This can literally make or break a performance.
It’s very likely that many of the performances you do won’t have perfect fold back systems. This means that many times, you won’t be able to hear yourself perfectly as you perform.
This is why it’s vital to begin tuning yourself in to the sensations you feel when you sing.
You can begin doing this in your practice sessions. Instead of just listening, be curious about how your singing feels.
What does it feel like to hit a high C?
What does it feel like to hit a low C?
When you memorize these sensations (and it doesn’t take long when you begin “tuning in” to them), you will be much more comfortable on stage. You will have two feedback systems instead of one. You can hear yourself and feel yourself sing.
How to sing on stage tip 2
Do you know how to sing on stage with excitement, passion, and absolutely no nerves?
Here’s a quick tip that will help you cope with those nerves before a performance.
Imagine this: you are sitting backstage, ready to go on. You can see the massive crowd through the cracks in the door. You can hear them. Anticipation is in the air.
You are nervous. Very very nervous.
What can you do to make things manageable so you can take the stage?
Here’s a trick: Just for a moment pretend that you don’t own your body. Pretend that instead, you’re a scientist who is very interested in your body. You’re investigating it and the way it reacts. As you do this, step back and just watch what’s happening to your body.
Look at the thoughts running through your head. Don’t let yourself get involved in these thoughts. Just watch them like an interested scientist with no agenda for what should happen.
Look at the sensations you can feel running though your body. For example, you may feel a strange churning in your stomach. Zone in on this feeling. Examine it with curiosity.
What other feelings are running through your body? Examine these too.
As you’re doing this, don’t try and manipulate anything. Just watch yourself with curiosity as a scientist would in an experiment.
Continue to do this and you will notice something miraculous!
You will notice that a lot of this nervousness will fall away. It will cease to be a problem!
There are a few psychological reasons why this happens. Reasons that are well beyond the scope of this article! But this doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that it works!
Try this next time you feel a little nervous before a performance.
You will be surprised when you walk on stage, calm, composed and ready to deliver a stellar performance!
What is the most infections ingredient you can take on stage with you?
One word. Passion.
A passionate performance is compelling. It’s engaging. It causes the audience to become interested in you and your story.
Delivering a passionate performance is easy. All you need to do is remember what the song you’re singing is about. Re live that experience as you send the words flying into the audience.
Imagine in your mind that this event is happening again.
When you do this, your passion will come through and your audience will appreciate it.
One more tip for delivering a passionate performance is this: Add a small “cry” beneath every note that you sing. Use this “cry like tone” to deliver your performance and you will not only communicate your passion to the audience, but your singing will feel easier as well!
This small cry will add a richness to your voice as well as make your tone production easier.
Just listen to Michael Jackson perform, and see how he releases each note with a “cry”.
Try adding a “cry like tone” to your performance and watch the audience respond. Also notice the benefits of your richer tone and easier tone production.
Well, I hope these tips on how to sing on stage really help you get out there and deliver a dynamite performance next time!
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