One thing I have always loved is music. I have been singing and playing instruments my entire life and come from a musical family. So one thing that I love to do is help young singers with the art of performing. Of course with singing there has to be some natural talent, but if you don’t know how to breath properly, and how to hold a microphone, you may not sound right. So nothing annoys me more than seeing people who are truly talented singers, not trained properly. Of course it’s not about just singing. When it comes to performing, a lot more is involved. So below you will find a few tips and ideas to help you get started.
Working the microphone
OK, it starts first with knowing how to properly use the microphone. Of course there are occasions when the sound system is just not working properly, so you may have to drop it and perform without it, if possible. Start by pulling the microphone away from your mouth whenever you start to hit the more powerful notes, and pull it closer when you are singing softer. This may take a little bit of practice on how to hold and use the microphone so that the best sound is heard. When practicing it is often best to use a cordless microphone so you can learn to sing properly into the microphone.
Audience Eye Contact
When you are performing a show one of the best things you can do is make audience contact. When you see that your audience is enjoying your performance, it actually can help to relax your nerves a bit and make you feel more confident in their singing. This also helps your audience to become a part of your performance and makes it more enjoyable for everyone.
Facial Expressions Say it All
When you are performing in front of people, you need to make sure that your face shows you are happy to be there. So when you first come out on the stage make sure that you are smiling. Your smile can make the audience feel good, and believe it or not it does actually relax you. Maintain the right facial expressions during the entire performance. Remember a happy performer makes for a happy audience.
Vocal Warm Up
You must have a place to warm up, before you start singing. You can’t just walk in off the street and start singing on key. Remember the point is to do sort of a tune up so that you can make sure you hit the right note. Otherwise it may be possible for you to start off a little flat or off key which can throw you off through the entire performance.