If you’re working to improve your singing, it’s because you want to perform at some point. You probably even imagine it, at times (whether or not you admit it).
But getting from “imagining” to “doing” can seem insurmountable, maybe entirely unbelievable, even. Yet, you can and SHOULD perform. And sooner rather than later.
You could practice in the comfort and seclusion of your home for the next five years, and when you finally get on stage, you’ll still be a newbie performer.
There’s no benefit to putting performance off. But not performing will stall your progress. Why?
- Because performance is its own skill that needs time and effort to be developed.
- Because performance teaches you where your skills are at and helps you make new and clear next-step goals.
- Because performance is motivating. It’s a little like riding a roller coaster. You’re scared as the ride begins, but you float around on a Dopamine high when it’s over and want to do it again.
Still terrified at the thought?
You’re not alone. But courage isn’t the absence of fear, right? It’s doing something important despite fear. And this is important to you.
So, I’m challenging you to find the courage to perform (at somewhat regular intervals) starting this spring. No matter how it goes, you’ll know you got up and did it. You’ll be proud each time (and I will too)!
So, you’re onboard. What’s next?
- Where do you perform?
- How do you prepare?
- How do you not faint on your way to the mic?
- How do you use performance to forward your progress?
Follow my advice below and all these questions will be answered.
4-Step Spring Performance Challenge.
1. Find Your Venue:
- Sit at your computer and Google the following: KARAOKE NEAR ME.
- Choose a venue and date to perform (preferably by the end of the month).
- Invite supportive friends/family members to join you and cheer you on.
- Choose at least two songs to perform. Consider a group performance with your friends as a first song to help loosen you up before you solo.
2. Prepare for Performance:
- Schedule practices into each week (vocal exercises and song work).
- Adjust your diet, sleep, and water intake to bring your best voice forward.
- Watch the videos below for performance-related advice.
- Check out my YouTube channel for additional workouts & advice.
3. At Your Performance:
- Hydrate well on performance day.
- Ask a friend to video record you for later analysis.
- Focus on technique and the song, not on others in the room.
- Have fun!
4. After Your Performance:
Now it’s time for analysis and goal-setting for the next performance. Do this a day or more after the performance, and stick to my guidelines below. DON’T be a judgy jerk to yourself, please and thank you!
1. Analyze how you felt as you performed. Were you focused on the song or the eyes watching you? Did you focus on what you were afraid would happen, or on what you wanted to happen? Did you have a positive or negative attitude in general? Decide what about your thoughts and attitude you’d like to change in your next performance.
2. Use the video recording to analyze your body language. Do you look tense? Are you white-knuckling the mic? Do you stay in one position for the entire song? Decide what about your body language you want to change in your next performance (and practice those changes).
3. Use the video recording to analyze your singing. Can you understand the words? Are your pitches on target? Are you expressing the lyrics/meaning of the song? Does one part of your range seem stronger than another? Decide what about your singing you want to improve upon in your next performance (and choose appropriate workouts to help you succeed to that end).
4. Plan your next performance.
Following this approach, your performance skills will evolve with each performance. Allow that to happen. Think of your first attempt as a pre-test, and each following attempt as a progress check-in. And remember to have fun!
Below are some videos to help you accomplish your spring performance challenge.
If your workouts become samey, remember that you can become an OwJF Singer-Athlete, an online membership that gives you access to my full library of vocal exercises and video tutorials and workouts. You can find out more here (click on the Online Learning tab).
Things to keep in mind while doing your song work…
Remember that part I mentioned before about not fainting on your way to the mic? This video can help with that.