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Today I am sharing with you my top 3 easy tips to reduce issues and mistakes on your next singing performance. Singing live rarely comes smoothly and without any unexpected issues, but with these easy tips to reduce issues when singing live you will greatly reduce the chances of any issues ruining your singing performance. Take a look!
Hello, everyone. Today I’m going to be talking to you about how to resolve some issues that might arise when you go to perform a song live.
My name is Jorgelina. I am the founder of Auckland Contemporary Singing School, a singing school based in Auckland, and also online.
Last night we had an open mic with our school. We regularly organize performance opportunities for our students and they are great to increase confidence , as well as for improving your performance scale. If you’re a singer, I recommend to perform as often as you can.
Every time you sing for an audience, it’s going to be a different environment, and that’s why it’s so important get as much performance opportunities as you can. You learn a lot from all of them.
Some issues arises, and this is why it’s so important to practice your performance as often as you can.Because very rarely you’re going to have a performance without any issue in which everything goes absolutely according to plan, no matter how small the event is.
So today we’re going to talk about how to minimize those issues because they can be nerve wracking. And as a performer you have to get really good at reducing the possibilities of that happening, and at improvising and resolving those issues on the spot.
It comes with training on the ability to stay calm and think clearly and quickly.
One of them is managing your lyrics. When you go to perform a song you want to be extremely well rehearsed. Remember the three components of preparing a song for performing. Music, technique, and interpretation, which is also your performance and your stagecraft.
If you don’t have those components resolved, maybe just pick a song in which you already have those items resolved. It’s very important. You don’t want to go and perform a song in which you are still thinking about technique, high notes, etc.
That is a mistake I see in singing students very often. They think that the song they choose to perform needs to be ‘out of the league’. That’s not how it works because performance itself is challenging.
So the first thing I would recommend is even if you bring your song super well rehearsed is to bring your lyrics printed and just have them around. Don’t look at them directly but in my experience just knowing that they are there can make you feel more secure. Because some people, when they get nervous, can forget the lyrics and that is very stressful when you are performing.
So I recommend just to have your lyrics around there. Of course, don’t look at them unless you really need to. But if there is a particular part that you are unsure about or that you often tend to forget, just highlight it. And then you know that if you are in that situation when you are singing live, you can just quickly spot at them and you are safe again.
Please make sure that you are well hydrated during the whole day. That is also a very common mistake to bring your water bottle in bring the water on stage and take little sips of water between songs hoping that will have a positive effect. Remember that it takes about 20 minutes for the water since you drink the water to have an effect on your vocal cords.
So if you drink water on stage it doesn’t do much unless you’re singing for, of course, over 20 minutes. So make sure that you keep yourself hydrated during the whole day.
And the other thing with food and drinks is to make sure that that day you are not trying any new foods just in case. You don’t want to have any emergency! And also, make sure that you are not eating too much before singing because it affects your capacity to perform. Try to leave the big meals for after singing, but if you have to eat something before just take something light, nuts, fruits, etc.
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Number three, make sure that if you have the chance to have a sound check, use it! Come prepared, arrive early. I think I’m going to do a whole video about this, but do not upset the sound person!
The sound engineer is your friend, make sure you treat them well and make sure that you arrive on time for your sound check.
This is super important because everyone has a different loudness in the voice and that works differently for every person.
For example, an issue we had yesterday with a few people was that there was some feedback, which is common, but not ideal. That’s something that can happen when you have different instruments and you’re not too used to singing live. Sometimes the way you hold the mic and where you point it can trigger it and that is very stressful for the performer.
So if you have the chance to have a sound check, by all means, do it, especially if you don’t have a live sound at home. If you are at home and you don’t hear yourself through a speaker, then make the most of the sound check because hearing yourself from a speaker is different. Your voice is going to come out differently than if you are hearing yourself just without amplification.
So those are my three singing tips of the day!
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