Are you afraid to sing in public?

Andreas Grussl - Vocal Consultant

Silence in the room, all eyes are on you, a spotlight shines in your face. The music starts playing. Your commitment comes every moment.

How do you feel when you think about this situation?

Although most singers want to be on a stage at least one day, the step there takes a lot of effort. So here are a few tips to help you with this.

With skill comes self-confidence

One of the main reasons people fear singing on stage is fear of failure. You could not hit the note, the voice could break on an important "money note" or the singing could just not sound good.

All of these things could theoretically happen! But what is the likelihood of this? If you've just started singing, or for some other reason don't have a solid vocal technique, the answer would likely be "very big".

However, the better you have trained your voice, the more likely it will do what you want it to do in stressful situations. If you can be sure that everything will work out fine, why should you still be afraid of an appearance? Knowing that you can rely on your voice is therefore, in my opinion, the most important element in order to feel comfortable while singing in public.

So if you are not yet ready to safely control your voice in a song, it is definitely too early to sing on stage! Find a good singing teacher and you will get closer to this goal quickly.

On the other hand, if you have enough vocal control to sing a song confidently, you can begin to prepare for your first performance.

Where do some people get their courage from?

In fact, some people make the leap onto the stage relatively quickly and easily. Having just halfway learned the first song, they literally dive into the spotlight to show everyone what they can already do. If you belong to this group of people, then congratulations! You are the perfect stage personality!

But what if not? Does that mean you can't or shouldn't be on stage? But on the contrary! Many very well-known and successful singers are not born on stage, but tend to be quiet and reserved in their private lives. However, they have learned to feel comfortable on stage and to pull the famous "lever" on command. In order to be able to do that, there are two main things that, in my experience, are important.

The first thing you have to do is manage to meet your expectations of yourself. That means you have to be able to sing so well that you are (somewhat) satisfied with it yourself. Real perfectionists usually have a hard time on this point, as they only assess their own singing as acceptable when it is already miles above the skills of the average singer. But the result is really worth listening to!

Second, you have to be extroverted (at least during a performance). Standing on a stage as a singer means nothing more than presenting your thoughts and feelings to the audience on the serving plate. Often there is a certain blockage at this point at the beginning. Most of us are not used to simply sharing our own feelings and thoughts with people who are often complete strangers, or we are even ashamed of them and are afraid that this might seem ridiculous.

Usually a few appearances are enough to overcome this barrier and to be able to step out of yourself. But if the direct path as a solo singer is too big a leap, you can also approach the matter step by step and, for example, first appear in a vocal ensemble or a choir. In the group you can feel support from other singers, which noticeably reduces the inhibition threshold. Acting is also an option.

If you want to create more distance to yourself, you can also use an artist name.

Practice creates masters...

The only way to get used to stage situations is to be on stage as often as possible. Otherwise the feeling will not become normal and your body will continue to see it as an exceptional situation and react accordingly. So you should really look for the stage and sing in front of people as often as you can.

Doesn't this also increase the likelihood that something will go wrong? Theoretically "yes", but there are also ways to counteract this.

Don't set the bar too high ...

During your first appearances, you should only sing songs that you can master in your sleep. You will initially not be able to reproduce the same performances on stage as you did when practicing. Adrenaline will pump through your body and all sorts of things will go through your mind. You will be nervous and dozens of new impressions will shower you. In fact, you will probably have a hard time focusing properly on the song.

How much less performance you can get, of course, differs from person to person. The one who remains calm in most situations will be less affected than the one who is generally nervous in nature anyway.

Make sure you can hear yourself well!

Last but not least, you also want to avoid a trap that can easily cause problems even for experienced singers. If you hear your own voice poorly or in an unfamiliar way during the performance, this can severely affect the quality of your performance.

It is therefore strongly recommended that you practice with a stage setup in order to get used to the various acoustic conditions associated with different types of voice monitoring.

Of course, this blog could by no means cover all aspects related to stage anxiety or stage fright. In most cases, individual solutions have to be found for those affected. However, I hope that one or the other tip was helpful.

As always, I would be very happy to receive shares, likes or comments!