Tuesday, March 12, 2013

*NEW - "Vocal Tip Tuesday!"


Getting Ready To Sing A Song For A Big Performance!

As a singer who performs, getting ready for a big performance is a big deal. There are many factors of the performance itself that you have to consider when you accept the performance opportunity. Below are 2 of the TOP 7 things you should consider when gearing up to rehearse a song for a big performance. This is the first in a series of 4 blogs on the subject of preparing for a vocal performance. I will present you with more great tips in the coming weeks, so…stay tuned! If you need help preparing or would like to get more information sooner, please feel free to book a lesson at The PerformerStudio. I’d love to help you learn the secrets you need to get ready to “knock ‘em dead!”

1.    WHEN is the performance going to happen?
2.    WHERE is the performance going to take place?

Mostly, the BIG question to ask yourself before accepting an opportunity to perform you need to know how much time do you have to prepare the song.  But more than that, how much time do you realistically have to prepare the song. And not just that, but how much time do you have to prepare it WELL? My father once said to me, “Never hang a bad painting on your wall.” Meaning, don’t display your work when it’s not you at your best. Will you have time to rehearse the song on several different days before you perform it? Studies show that when a singer can visit the lyrics of their song in a focused way on several different days, the lyrics are 10 times more likely to stay in their head come time for performance. Be sure that you look carefully at your calendar and actually SCHEDULE TIMES TO REHEARSE, even if it’s just you working by yourself. MAKE TIME for concentrated, focused rehearsal and then you can ensure not just a better performance, but one in which you’ll feel more confident and that audience members will remember for quite some time because what you did had such a positive impact on them when they watched you perform! I love having voice lessons in Salt Lake City

Know Your Venue! Whenever possible, go to the actual venue in which you will be performing. Ask around when you are there. Try to find out if there is a time when you can get onto the actual stage area to work on your movement, focus points, gestures and get a sense of the size of the venue and the audience? Ask if there is some kind of a dressing room space for performers to be before they go onstage. Basically, get as familiar as you can with the space in which you will be showing your best “you” possible. The more comfortable you are in your surroundings, the more at ease you will feel. You don’t want any surprises at the last minute. Also, how long does it take you to get to the venue? This helps ensure that you allow enough travel time to arrive at the performance with plenty of time to relax, find the restroom, do a short warm-up and get your bearings on the day of the show. 

*Remember to STAY TUNED for next week's "Vocal Tip Tuesday" for a continuation of "Getting Ready To Sing A Song For A Big Performance!".

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