This week, 30 Day Singer instructor Abram Poliakoff will show you how to build singing confidence.
Singing in front of other people can be a nerve-racking experience. However, there are plenty of ways to prepare yourself to sing with confidence.
Check out Abram's 3 go-to confidence-building exercises:
Tip #1: Develop Quick Connection To Your Voice
My first tip is to develop some quick tricks to gain connection to your voice. When these opportunities come by, it's rare that you will have a lot of time to warm up your voice and gain confidence that it is there and working for you. We are often put on the spot as singers. It’s very hard to avoid sometimes. This means having some warm ups that quickly help you get your voice ready for singing every day.
If you don’t have a lot of time, I recommend using a lip trill to sing a siren. This keeps you aligned on your vocal tract and helps you switch effortlessly between registers. You can also use an NG sound. Make sure to keep your mouth open and jaw relaxed while doing this. You don’t have to push your range while you do this.
Tip #2: Record Yourself, Are You In Tune?
The next thing you want to think about is making sure you have the songs you know learned and ready to go. I recommend that you practice recording yourself in order to prepare. This way you have a more objective way of tracking your progress on top of how you feel while performing. Be honest with yourself and seek help, if you aren’t sure of the melody or have something that is bothering you about your sound or performance. Having a good teacher help you through these challenges is the fastest way to break any habits or to make sure you are singing in tune.
Don’t worry about every single note at first if this is new to you. It's definitely very important to know things like your starting note and the key features in your melody. Otherwise it's a bit of a gamble if you are singing in tune or not.
It’s pretty common that beginning singers don’t know if they are singing in tune, so don’t get discouraged and seek some help if needed.
Tip #3: Zero Seconds To Mastery
Sometimes sounding good in a practice setting can fool you into thinking you are ready for an on the spot performance. Just like with our vocal technique we need a way to know that our songs are ready to go and we can play or sing them without getting lost or messed up.
My final tip today is to make sure you can drop into the zone singing your song randomly throughout the day. When getting ready for a performance it’s really important to have some run-throughs where you don’t stop to fix anything. Try this right at the beginning of your practice to see if your song is ready to go on the spot.
On the flip side, the more hype and suspense you put into trying this out, often the more awkward and uncomfortable it can be for everybody, including yourself.
So in summary, often we don’t have any time to warm up or even play through or practice a song, when the opportunity to sing in front of friends arises. We want these moments of sharing to feel organic and smooth, so your “performance” might even be as simple as singing along to your favorite song on the radio, if that is your vibe.