Are you looking for tips on how to sing with confidence? I’ve got you covered! These top 3 tips will have you feeling more confident in your singing in no time. To go deeper on any of these tips, be sure to check the info below the tips on how to do that!
I have 3 primary tips I’ll be sharing with you to help you sing with confidence. Each of these is important for performing in general, but is specifically also able to allow you to quickly sing with confidence.
The three tips I’m sharing with you are:
- Having technique that doesn’t limit what you can do with your voice
- Being connected emotionally to the story you’re telling with your song, and
- Having the support of a coach
Let’s break down each of these tips, what they entail, and why they are so essential to quickly learning how to sing with confidence.
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Practice technique that doesn’t limit what you can do with your voice
Let me ask you: do you think you’d feel more confident if you were able to have the endurance to sing as long and as loud as you want without suffering any consequences?
What if you had the skill to impress audiences by singing ANY song you want with excellence?
I bet even being able to sing in your FULL range (instead of believing or being told you “can’t”) would be enough to help you feel more confident.
The truth is, the more you are able to improve your technique, the less you feel like a fraud or a fake and the more confident you’ll feel about your abilities to give a stellar performance. Beefing up your technique not only enables you to do so much more than you knew you could do, but the very act of gaining that extra skill automatically beefs up your confidence.
Specifically, if you are a contemporary singer, I recommend that you learn the ins and outs of contemporary singing technique. Find a teacher who knows the differences between classical and contemporary singing techniques and who has worked with singers who are doing what you would like to do with your singing.
I recommend finding someone who is proficient at teaching and understanding the contemporary techniques of belt and mix, since they are the primary tools necessary to sing contemporary music powerfully, adeptly, AND safely.
Be connected emotionally to the story you’re telling with your song
Have you ever felt like you would be a damn good performer if only your stage presence were as effective and powerful as your singing voice? First of all, know that you are NOT alone in this!!! So many singers who are incredibly gifted vocally freeze up and have no clue what to do with themselves when on a stage.
When I was in acting school, the method I learned for acting a scene translated perfectly to acting a song. Before you roll your eyes, know this: TRUE acting is more like re-living something real than it is “pretending”. In fact, the more “pretending” or “faking” you do, the faster you will lose your audience.
Take a song you’ve been working on and identify the circumstances of the situation the singer is in at the time she’s singing the song. How does she feel in this moment because of her circumstances? Then, scan through your own life to find a time when you felt the way she feels.
NOTE: you are NOT trying to find a time you were in the same CIRCUMSTANCES, you’re trying to find a time when you FELT the way she is feeling.
For example, if you’re singing a song about being left by the love of your life, you might decide the singer is feeling a sense of abandonment. Maybe you’ve never been in a romantic relationship before, but you remember how abandoned you felt when your pet of 14 years died. In this case, the song is about a lover who moves on from a relationship, leaving behind their former love who now feels heartbroken and abandoned. You as the singer are feeling the heartbreak and sense of abandonment from being left behind by a pet who passed away, but it’s the same kind of feeling, so it works.
Spend some time with your eyes closed remembering how it felt after your pet died. Where are you specifically? Who are you with? How do you feel? If it helps, bring out a picture of your pet or an old collar or toy or something to bring you quickly back to those circumstances. Once you feel tapped into that moment from your life, start the song, staying connected to your circumstances as long as possible.
This takes practice, but what it does is give you something REAL to experience that is in direct correlation to the story you are telling in your song. Your REAL emotion and experience allows your audience to feel right along with you what you are going through. If you’ve ever cried watching someone else’s performance, the chances are very high it’s because you were resonating with the authenticity of what they were feeling when they were singing.
Not only does this give your song an emotional through-line and direction, but it can also direct how you move on the stage. We make certain movements based on what we are feeling in real life. The same can happen on stage if you allow it.
Lastly, not only does this help you give a stellar performance, but just like having incredible technique allows you to feel more confident, having dynamic stage presence allows you to feel more confident, too. Plus, being caught up in the emotional story you are telling leaves very little room for nervousness to creep in.
Get the support of a coach
The right coach really can make all the difference when it comes to being able to quickly sing with confidence. Obviously, a coach can help you have the technique skills I mentioned above as well as the performance and stage presence skills I mentioned. But so much more is also possible for you in terms of confidence because of working with a coach.
First of all, the very act of opening yourself up vulnerably to not only sing in front of a professional but to accept the feedback and critique from them allows you to very quickly build your confidence. It’s one of the most common pieces of feedback I receive from beginning singers: that working with me one-on-one gave them the confidence to get up in front of a group and sing.
Also, the biggest benefit of a coach is being able to have eyes and ears on the things in your performing you can’t see or hear yourself. When someone who is invested in your success is able to point out what you are missing (as well as the tools to get you where you want to go), you feel so much more confident than you do going it alone.
Lastly, performing can be rough, unfair, embarrassing, and a whole host of other things. When you have someone on your team who believes in you and is with you every step of the process, you have someone who has your back when it doesn’t go as well as you hoped. You have a rock to lean on who can help you see what you did well and help you make a plan for how to improve in the future. All of which allows you to feel more confident.
If you’d like to talk about what it would look like to have me as your coach, I invite you to schedule a complimentary Get My POWER Up Session with me to see what program would be the best fit for you. You can do that at www.getmypowerup.com