It's alright if you never want to sing in public and you're completely happy singing for yourself, but how can you get over your anxiety if you want to start singing to crowds?
Everyone can train to be more confident on stage, even if you're terrified of others listening to you. Some learn it faster than others, but even professionals have their moments of nervousness and stage fright.
If you're at home a few days before your performance, keep reviewing the songs and practicing and you will ultimately become more confident when performing. Spend the time you would be spending worrying on learning the songs better!
1. ASK YOUR TEACHER FOR HELP
Start booking singing lessons to practice with a teacher who can guide you without judgement. If you need to learn specific songs, bring them to class to get help from your teacher!
2. PERFORMING TAKES PRACTICE TOO
It may sound cliché, but everyone makes mistakes and you can't expect your first few performances to be perfect! Instead, give yourself a pat on the back for trying your best and start working hard to do better for the next one.
Start small - sing at karaoke nights, volunteer performances for charity events, and local community open mics.
3. DON'T SKIP YOUR WARM-UPS
Do vocal warm-ups before the show. Carry an mp3 of the warm-ups on your phone, mp3 player, or iPod with some headphones or earbuds so that you can go to the side of the venue (or the bathroom) and warm up your voice before your performances.
4. PRACTICE SELF-CARE
Take care of your voice. Do the necessary self-care regimens needed to make sure your vocal cords are in tip-top shape before your show, no matter how small. You can read more about how to protect your voice here!
5. SING AS PART OF A GROUP
Join your local community choir. Whether it be a private group, a church group, or a community choral ensemble, choirs are PRICELESS to help you learn how to work in a larger group of voices.
They also help you maintain a low-key status while still contributing to the final "voice" of the choir. As you learn more from the choir, start singing solos at choral performances.
6. NETWORK WITH OTHER MUSICIANS
Meet encouraging instrumentalists. Go to your local community jam sessions or open mics to meet like minded musicians who will help you perform your music when you're finally ready. Practice with them, and learn from them.
Just get out there and give it your best. If you would like some extra help with one of our teachers, sign up for lessons today!