Confidence is one of the most important skills to have in you corner in order to offer your best presentation vocally. If you lack confidence, it is going to affect everything you endeavor to do. A lack of confidence will cause you to be tentative as you breathe, and we know that the power in our singing us fueled by proper breathing. What are some things that you can do to develop the confidence you need in order to be that singer that appears sure of themselves and gives a strong presentation of the songs they are singing? Here are some things to consider:
1. Review/learn proper breathing techniques for a vocalist in order for your breathing to be constant and consistent for supporting your singing voice. Always take the time to do exercises in breathing and breath control before you sing. This prepares your breathing mechanism for the strenuous physical activity that singing can be and it can also aid in calming any anxiety you may be experiencing.
2. Body alignment is vital; make certain that your posture is in correct alignment so that your legs, hips, back and tummy are supporting you.
3. Vocal projection through a mouth that is open wide, gives strength to your tone. Make sure that you utilize all of the muscle groups in your breathing apparatus for sustained support.
4. A proper warm up is imperative for your voice to be at it’s best and to help avoid vocal injury. Do some simple stretches of the neck and shoulders to remove any tension your body may have. This tension can transfer into the voice as well as your attitude.
5. Drink plenty of water before and during singing. This is the best liquid for anyone using his or her voice as a singer or speaker. You should always refrain from milk and dairy foods, which will interfere with the freedom of the vocal mechanism to function at peak proficiency. Also, vocalist should avoid caffeine and alcohol as well which will dry the vocal chords and interfere with singing.
6. If singing in front of others makes you nervous and uncomfortable, find as many opportunities to sing in front of others. It can be scary at first, but the more that you do it, the better you will become at to controlling you fear and anxiety. Always endeavor to breathe properly. Ask for feedback from those who listen on things that they observe and use that feedback to make improvements on how you present yourself. You can also work on building your level of confidence on your own without observers; make an effort to overcome any fear you may have by singing stronger and fuller and being more bold and creative with song stylings without the pressure of people observing you. Workout vocally in the privacy of your own home and see yourself succeeding! This kind of practice will begin to go with you into public.
In conclusion, always seek opportunities to sing…don’t avoid them. Instead of running from the challenge of singing, face it with a positive “I Can Do It” attitude, and take the risk and seize every opportunity to develop the gift of song in your heart. Most individuals sing because they choose to – not because they are made to!! You need to encourage yourself to enjoy sharing your voice with people, rather than let nerves rob you of the joy of the experience.