Once you have the confidence to perform in front of others, the next step is to take your audience past there every day lives and into a new world with your singing. A good way to learn what works, what grabs the attention of your audience is to sing covers of already popular songs, look at how the artist sings & acts, then put your own style on their song.
Below are some more singing tips so you can further increase your singing expertise.
- Practice daily giving yourself one day off per week. We cannot stress the importance of this first point that has been mentioned over and over again in almost each step.
- Do not drink too much alcohol or caffeinated beverages, and do not smoke. These things will all contribute to the burning of your larynx and vocal chords, and will reduce the elasticity and flexibility of your vocal organs.
- If you are looking for a singing instructor, make sure the instructor is both capable and willing to help you learn more than his or her own personal style of singing.
- When you practice, do not sing as loud as you can for any extended period of time.
- On the day of a performance, try not to drink cold beverages, talk a lot, breathe in a lot of dust, or get your body too cold.
- On the day of a performance or intense practice session, try to avoid dairy foods. This will not only cause your vocal chords to stiffen, but could also cause the overproduction of phlegm in your lungs and throat.
- On the day of a performance, do not overexert yourself singing or with exercise.
More About Performance
When you sing, try to sing to the back of the audience as well. They are there to enjoy your show just as much as those in the front. They also want to be a part of the group and feel the same message the others are getting from you and your music.
Also, when you are performing, don’t settle your mind on the fact that everyone is watching you. While they are watching, it doesn’t mean that they are not going to be taken away by what you are singing. The images and feelings that we mentioned in our last session will flood their minds as they connect with you. Focus on the melody, your singing, and the mood that you are trying to create.
With this said, it is important to not to force anything on the audience. Not all performances will be the same. Each group of listeners will create their own atmosphere and their own mood in which you may or may not be able to adjust to or penetrate. If this happens, don’t fret. Simply carry on with what you’ve started. Maybe the ice still hasn’t been broken, or maybe they are taking a bit more time to warm up to you. All this comes with time and patience. If it does not, don’t take it personally. And, it is not a reflection of your ability to sing whatsoever. Not everyone you encounter will be enthralled by your music, and not every group is going to have the same appreciation for it. The best you can do is to present yourself honestly, and if needed, energetically to them as you perform.
Remember that most people in the audience have no idea about what it takes to be a singer, an artist, and a performer. They do not know the years, the time, or the practice that you have endured, nor should they. For example, those who watch the Olympics probably have no idea of the amount of training that athletes undergo. An audience is only present to watch the result of so much hard work and practice. They do not necessarily care what it took to get there nor the dedication and devotion required. What an audience wants is your best, and nothing less. If you are able to take them away, or make them feel certain emotions, that is all that matters. They do not care or recognize how much work you’ve put into your art or how much time it has taken. It may seem strange, or even sad, but it is the truth.
If you have devoted your life to singing and an audience claps after your performance, is that really thanks enough? Does that show or repay you for all that you have done? It might on some level. It will make you feel good and help boost your confidence, for sure. But, after years and thousands of hours rehearsing, the audience will appreciate only what you do on stage and nothing more. This lesson can be hard to digest.
All of the above has been presented in order for you to realize that no matter what you do, no matter how perfect you try and become, an audience only wants you at your best. Once you realize this, you can move on and not feel any harsh sentiments about your art or your performance. That’s why it may be difficult to maintain an air of confidence about what you do and who you are. It is the hard work and dedication that should reward you, not the applause of those who are only with you for one night. If you can regulate and monitor, and maybe even separate your feelings, then you will grow and stand strong amidst anything that might come your way. When you are with an audience, care about and nurture them; give them everything you’ve got. But, when it comes to singing, having satisfaction and confidence in what you do is brought about only through your own reflection and realizing how far you’ve progressed and how good you’ve become.
Overall, learning to sing, no matter what your goals may be, will be a rewarding experience. The only way to learn and to maintain your singing voice is to slowly build your skills and by taking care not to hurt your singing organs. Only through practice and learning the basic elements of a properly developed singing voice, can you reap the long-lasting benefits that singing will bring; whether it is in front of an audience or not. If you are not only devoted to learning how to sing, but also truly committed to learning about the art, you will progress, and your voice will bring you, and perhaps others, the benefits of a well-tuned melody.