— How to sing in front of an audience – How to sing in public.
For those of us who like singing, one goal is to sing in front of an audience and show off our talents.
But just because you are a good singer, it does not mean that you know how to sing in front of an audience.
Even though I love to sing and make singing a part of my everyday, I do sometimes get a bit nervous when I am singing by myself in front of other people.
Growing up, I sang in the school choir and found this to be fun and every time I would perform with the choir, I would get a thrill and instant rush. But singing in a choir is different from singing by yourself.
The first time I sang in front of an audience, was when my family was having dinner with some family friends. The restaurant that we went to was a karaoke restaurant and anyone could get up and have a go singing.
Before I went on stage, I was extremely nervous and my hands were shaking. But I managed to sing alright. At least the audience clapped for me!
I found that the main thing that you need to overcome when you sing in front of people is your nerves. Confide in one person, either a good friend or loyal relative and tell them that you want to sing in front of an audience. Tell that friend or relative to be honest with you and ask for their honest opinion about whether you can pull off a song in front of people. If they are honest, then if you don’t have the best of voices, then they will tell you that and maybe you might be best not to sing in front of an audience until you improve.
But if they say that you are a good singer, then you are ready to get up on that stage.
So following are some tips that will teach you how to sing in front of an audience.
1) Take any opportunity to practice in front of an audience.
I would suggest that you take your close friends or relatives to a karaoke singing club. For those of you who have never been to a karaoke club before, a karaoke club basically has a number of rooms and in each room there is a TV and comfortable lounge chairs. You book in your time and are given a room and booklets of song lists. You choose your song that you want to sing to and using the remote, just like a TV, you choose the song that you want to sing to. Then the song will come up on the screen with a video of the song and at the bottom of the screen are the lyrics. As the lyrics pass, the writing changes colour so that you know what you are singing to.
When I was in university, I remember going to karaoke clubs often and we would book a room and my friends and I would have a great time singing the night away.
By singing in front of people who you are familiar first, you are building up your self-confidence and this will help you to sing in front of an audience. After you have started to feel comfortable singing in front of your close friends or relatives, your next step is to sing in front of a live audience.
2) Prepare before you go on stage.
By preparing, you will need to clear your mind of all distractions and just envisage yourself nailing your song. You will need to overcome your nerves in order for you to sing nicely. Before you are due up on stage, drink some warm water to relax your throat. Then close your eyes and take some deep breathes. Inhale in for five seconds and then exhale for another five seconds. Do this for about one minute and this kind of meditation will help you to relax. Imagine yourself on that stage with the audience clapping for you and you will begin to feel happy and confident. Then do some light vocal exercises, like scales. This will help to warm up your voice.
In this piece I’m going to tell you about the preparation on the day of a singing performance, it will be you be energised, confident and light on your feet so you can shine like a star. First off, you need to consider your food intake on the day. When it comes to showtime you don’t want to feel sluggish with a stomach full of heavy, starchy food so avoid pizzas, chips, pies and most other types of junk food. You need to eat with a see-saw effect, starting the day with the heaviest of foods then getting lighter with food that is easier to digest. A great example diet on the day could be, toast and a bowl of cereal with a banana for breakfast, for lunch, tuna and pitta bread with mayo and salad, for early evening a healthy thick vegetable soup. This will give your body a chance to digest the heavy carbohydrates early on but the later meals give you sustained energy through the evening time.
The next step is voice preparation, around an hour before you set off to your gig you should do a warm up session. First you should do a full body stretch for every muscle group. This is a time where you can regulate some steady breathing, counting to three slowly whilst you breathe in and again to breathe out.