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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Got Stage Fright? -NEW!

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You might be one of many,
many probably millions of people who
experience stage fright.
It tends to start some point before you
ever arrive on stage,
and maybe it continues through the
But at least it's there, or tends to be,
in the beginning when that's
when you need your strongest point to
really connect with your audience,
and then hold them through the rest of
your performance.
Stage fright, of course, can occur whether
you're going to an open mic,
going to a jam session, or having a bigger
performance, club, or stage.
Some people say that, with experience,
stage fright diminishes, and it may.
However, I know some very professional
performers, A-list,
who experience terrible stage fright at
the beginning of every show.
This is devastating.
The whole point of, as far as I'm
concerned of singing
is to express yourself and communicate to
I'm gonna cover a few very important
details regarding performance that
actually when you work with these details
will diminish and resolve stage fright.
Each aspect needs to be worked on on its
own until you feel you've mastered it.
Resolving stage fright actually begins way
before you ever get on stage or
go to an open mic or wherever you're going
to be singing with other people there.
And it takes practice.
You're not just going to, as you've
probably have already experienced,
you're not just going to arrive, and
all of a sudden oh, I'm going to apply
these things and it will magically go.
You drill these aspects before you go and
then you bring that evolved ability
with you to whatever the situation is that
you're going to be singing in.
One thing that's essential.
You need to like people.
So when you're walking down the street,
when you go to the grocery store, say
Obviously if you're walking in a dark
alley, you would not do that.
Choose your moments, but do it
Say hello to people, smile.
Help bring their day up.
As a performer and a singer, you want to
bring life and
uplifting feelings to those you're singing
It starts by just every day contact, and
that you really can lift someone's spirits
just by the way that you smile and say hi.
Don't tease them, do it genuinely.
Next step.
Be prepared.
If you aren't really sure of the song that
you've decided you're going to sing and
perform, obviously that uncertainty will
throw your balance off.
And you'll be wondering whether it's going
to be okay instead of having that
assuredness that you know what you're
going to do,
you know how you're going to do it, and
just move that right into the particular
performance situation you're going to.
If you are preparing for a stage show.
Every detail needs to be in place.
That doesn't mean there isn't room for
creativity and for
the spirit to move you and do something a
little differently.
But there is a beginning and an ending and
there is setting up your stage so that you
know where everybody's going to be.
You're not standing right in front of the
cabinet where you won't be able to hear
You position yourself where you will be
able to hear and
the group looks together, whether it's a
duo or with full band.
The next thing is knowing what you want to
say with your song.
Study the song, find your own story inside
of it.
And we've already gone through some of
those steps in the 11
essential elements to learning your song,
as well as some other lessons that I hope
you've already taken a look at.
Additionally, in an earlier lesson called
the one on listening to yourself,
I'm referencing that because there's a
very important aspect that
happens and creates stage fright by where
you put your attention.
Here's an exercise that you can do.
Choose an object in the room.
And, and
notice it and then go and touch it.
Find another object in the room.
Obviously if it's too high you won't be
able to touch it, but notice it.
And then find another one.
It's even better if you look around the
room to find something you like,
because part of the quality of performing
is the emotion that you put into it.
And your ability to feel like you're
As the performer it is your role to give
just at is,
as it is the role of the audience to
There are times when everyone will sing
together and
you'll ask the audience to join in, but
you still are in control.
And you're the one who's navigating the
experience as the singer.
This is something again to start
recognizing you have the right,
you give yourself the license to do and be
this person.
It's okay as long as you know what result
you want to achieve.
That way, you don't hope that something
good is going to happen, you decide.
I want to touch people.
I want them to feel whatever you've
I want to bring them to some kind of.
You know, where, where?
I want them to feel good about their
I want them to feel like they're
understood, that they've got somebody to
who, who understands what they are going
through by the song that you are singing.
Whatever your goals are, find them for
yourself, and
then align that to the songs that you are
singing and
the experiences that you put yourself in
when you are singing.
Having your attention outward is very
Here's an exercise just to try out the
First, think of a song.
Then all you need is just the chorus or a
Then I want you to stand still, not stiff
but still and
sing it with your attention on your
So, as you're singing it, with your
attention on your shoulders,
something will happen.
I'm not telling you what, but something
And then, when you're done singing that
verse or chorus, breathe, take a moment.
And then put your attention outward and
sing the same verse or chorus.
You will notice a difference and you get
to choose which you like better.
This has so much to do with stage presence
and the ability
to command your performance space, and
resolve stage fright.
So, try that out, work it through,
get yourself prepared, and then have a
Have so much fun.
Be the singer you want to be.