Some of my students with the best natural voices have had the hardest time with stage fright when singing.
Inside this video I’ll give you 4 tips to completely eliminate stage fright when singing!
What is stage fright? What causes stage fright? How do you cure it so you can sing and perform confidently?
Stage fright comes in many forms. Most obvious is a fear of negative consequences if you try to sing.
Causes and Consequences You’re Afraid Of
Here are some causes of stage fright and the resulting bad things you think are going to happen.
Forgetting your lyrics/lines. Consequence is embarrassment in front of the audience and friends.
Sounding bad, ie., flat, sharp, bad tone quality, cracking, breaking, etc. You are afraid of the loss of prestige.
Ruining the show. You imagine a loss of image, future casting and performing opportunities.
Giving a poor performance. You’re frightened by the possible loss of reputation.
Many other real or imagined negative consequences. Let me say I’ve forgotten lines and lyrics on stage in front of audiences. I don’t like to do it. It’s possible it will happen again.
Guess what? The world did not come to an end. The audience didn’t boo or shoot me. There’s a saying we have when stuff like that happens: Welcome to live theater. But I work very hard to make sure it doesn’t happen.
4 Tips to Cure Stage Fright When Singing
Here are 4 tips to cure stage fright when singing.
- You must want to perform. You must desire it. It must become a burning white heat desire.
- You must prepare hard.
A. Develop confidence in your singing voice and technique with a great teacher.
B. Memorize your music and lyrics so well it’s impossible to forget.
C. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Rehearse a lot before the performance.
D. Practice singing for others in small, medium and large groups constantly.
- Use memory tricks to solidify the memorization of your music, lyrics and lines.
I use ridiculous pictures that remind me of the words I’m memorizing. I write them right on the pages of my music or script. Then I can refer to them every time I work on memorizing. And I don’t skip over anything because it seems simple to remember. I connect the lyrics and music to a mental picture.
For example: I just finished playing Horace Vandergelder in “Hello Dolly” and I sang “It takes a Woman”.
The lyrics for the first line were: It takes a woman all powered and pink, to joyously clean out the drain in the sink…I would see a woman dive into a giant sink of pink powder and then scrub the drain of the sink.
And it takes an angel with long golden lashes and soft dresden fingers for dumping the ashes…’ I’d see an angel flying out of the sink with long golden eye lashes and soft milky white giant fingers dumping huge stinky ashes.
And so you memorize using crazy pictures. The point is you really work hard to memorize it forward and backward. For me, this cannot be casual. This takes time at first. But pays off big time!
- Focus on the emotion and meaning of the lyrics and the story you desire to tell in the song. Let this consume you. Then share your passion for your story through your singing. Forget everything else. Commit to give yourself fully and completely to the story and it’s deep meaning to you.
If you do these 4 things you’ll conquer stage fright. You’ll not be able to stay away from singing and performing on stage for audiences. It’ll become a compulsion where you find deep joy and fulfillment.
Discover Your Vocal Type
A great first step in developing confidence in your voice is understanding your vocal type. Your vocal type is not whether you’re soprano, alto, tenor or bass.
Your vocal type is what you tend to do when you sing? Why is this important? Once you know your vocal type you can get exercises specifically for your voice.
Go to PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Then go to the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises and start working on them. They’ll help you develop and improve rapidly.
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I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power.
I’ll see you inside the next video.