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Today I want to share with you some crucial tips for singing performances that will aid you in having a terrific experience on stage!
If you have a singing event coming up, the first thing to tell you is that do the best you can to take the whole day off. You really don’t want to be having other things to worry about that day.
Especially if your performance represents a challenge for you, or it’s a little bit out of your comfort zone. Maybe you have to sing in front of more people than usual, or it’s your first time performing or something like that.
Secondly, how do you prepare your body for performance day? Make sure that during the week of your performance, you prioritize sleep! Make sure you are well rested. And that you pay attention to what your body needs. Some nice, relaxed bath? A calm time during breakfast? Maybe some time in silence for yourself?
Also, on performance day, try to not lift weights or make big physical efforts. Some lighter exercise is good, such as walking, jogging, or swimming. And of course, a nice gentle stretching session works great!
If you have the time. I will recommend also doing some type of meditation practice that day or even just a few minutes of breath work. remember that, as I said in another article, your breath really communicates with your brain and tells your brain what to do.
You definitely don’t want to be breathing in a way that tells your brain to shut up the voice, right? So, take some minutes to focus on your breathing and practice deep breathing. Breathing in which the ribs expand and in which you are breathing slowly and silently as well.
Of course, you want to warm up your voice on your singing performance day. Very important! So, I recommend doing this in two different ways. The first thing is a gentle voice warm-up. To connect your body with your brain and just relax your voice and make it more resilient and more available to whatever you do with it later, and to get the blood flowing through the right muscles and to get your voice nice, flexible, and active.
Do this first vocal warm-up in a range that is comfortable for you. You don’t want to start the day by doing a three-octave scale because that is not going to be really helpful. It’s going to make your performance worse probably. So first we warm up the voice in our gentle range and then once we get the blood flowing, then we practice our applied vocal warm-up.
An applied vocal warm-up, as I call it, is a warmup in which you are going to be getting the voice ready for the songs you are going to be singing. So, let’s say you are going to be singing, a song that has some belting notes. Then during your applied vocal warm-ups, you’re going to be organizing your body to be able to do that in the most effective way.
Equally, if you have a song that has a lot of low notes or high notes, make sure that in your applied vocal warm-up, you are warming up the voice to get to those notes more easily.
Very important: make sure that on your singing performance day, you are very well hydrated. A lot of singers think that you have to drink water when you sing. And that doesn’t do much for you. It takes about 20 minutes or more since you drink water for it to get to your vocal system. So if you drink right before singing, that is not going to do absolutely anything for you, apart from a placebo effect. But just make sure that you keep yourself hydrated through the whole day. Avoid coffee and alcohol as well because that also dehydrates your voice.
Make sure you leave a gap of at least two hours between your meal and your performance. Take light foods that day. I know it’s hard, but you can go eat dinner after your performance and celebrate and eat whatever you want. But before the performance try to eat light foods and foods that have a good component of water such as watermelon. Try to avoid citric fruits. Also, try to avoid dairy, and especially try to avoid spicy food. I know, it’s not a lot of fun to eat for singing, but remember that you get to celebrate later!
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