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Today what I would like to share with you is a little singing performance tip for beginners that we were practicing with my singing group class last week.
Maybe, if you had ever sung in public, in an open mic, or karaoke night or something of that sort, you might have been wondering how to NOT look awkward. It is hard to know what to do with our hands when we perform live! When we start performing singing live, we stand up and can look a little bit awkward. Singing and staring at nowhere, not moving at all.
So I want to share with you a singing performance tip to change that around a little bit.
Think about this: when you are talking to a friend or any other person, you use your hands to support what you are saying. If you tell a story to someone and they keep their hands still, not moving them at all, subconsciously you don’t believe what they are saying. It doesn’t feel genuine. In fact, this is how people spot liars sometimes!
Usually, when we start singing songs live, we don’t move much or almost at all. We don’t know what to do with our hands when we sing live!
But when you add natural hand movements to what you are saying, you start connecting more with both your song and the audience. The audience can relate to what you are singing because you are using not only words but also body language. Which will in fact make you look and sound more genuine.
Do you want an example? Look at the YouTube video embedded in this blog post and you can find a demonstration of this technique there 🙂
If you connect to your song then these hand movements will appear naturally because it is part of how we naturally communicate.
So it is also important to mention that this technique only works if you have learned your music first! Make sure you know your lyrics by heart (don’t read them!), you know your song structure, melody, everything. Then you can start working on the interpretation of the piece. Otherwise, you can’t connect to what you are saying because your mind is focused on remembering what comes next! This technique requires you to be present.
Go ahead and tell a friend something exciting that happened to you recently. Just observe how you naturally use your hands to support what you are saying, without thinking too much about it.
Go ahead and take the verse or chorus of a song you know by heart. A song that means a lot to you and that you naturally connect with. Say the lyrics of the song, don’t sing them just now. If you can connect with the words, allow yourself to incorporate your hands to support what you are saying.
Once you practiced the above exercises, practice singing the part of the song you chose and again, allow your hands to support what you are saying while you sing.
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