Just a little more to sing even better than before!
Always warm up – Follow the exercises in this page and look at the ‘Preparing to Sing’ section to warm up and prepare your voice organs to sing. If you forget or just don’t care about warming up before singing, you could probably get a sore throat or find yourself not singing as you expected or wanted to sing like! Warm up gradually, never start from the most difficult and challengy warm up exercises straight away. Slowly build the intensity of your warm up exercises by starting gently and gradually increasing volume, intensity of your voice, effort and range. Then start to sing some of the less vocally challenging songs. This helps the voice to continue to stretch and warm up before being used seriously.
Remember: Don’t warm up too intensively or you could lose your voice or have other problems that wouldn’t permit you to arrive to the serious use of your voice!
Rest before performance– This may seem obvious to some, but it’s easily overlooked. We perform better if we’re rested so try to minimize the amount of stress and strain on the voice before a show.
Don’t eat – During singing, whether in performance or rehearsal, try to avoid eating food, especially sugary or creamy foods, or drinking alcohol. Some foods play havoc with mucous levels, and it is very easy to increase mucous around the larynx and add to the overall fatiguing of the voice. Wait to have your meal after you’ve finished the performance. Also, if you are anxious you may vomit!
Drink lots of water – Ensure that you always have plenty of water available to rehydrate your instrument.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy! 😉 –
Do a few relaxation exercises before you are required on stage. Take a couple of deep breaths and exhale slowly when you are called to calm yourself before proceeding into the audition room.
2. Walk gracefully or stride across the room/stage with purpose, keep your head up and look where you are going.
3. Wear clothing that is comfortable and enhances your appearance.
4. If an accompanist is provided, take time to greet them before starting and thank them after your performance (even if they don’t play the tune well!).
5. Face forwards and look at (or slightly above) the audience/judges/examiners who will indicate when they want you to start and stop you when they have heard enough.
6. When you are ready to start your audition, say hello to the audience and provide them with a brief introduction to the song you are about to perform.
7. Concentrate on the music and your performance. Do your best.
8. Don’t fluster or stop if you make a mistake, continue as if nothing happened.
9. Be Yourself
Cool your voice down – Cooling down the voice at the end of your session is just as important as warming up in preparation for singing. By running through a few low-impact cool down exercises, the voice is prepared to return to its normal non-singing state. These exercises are therapeutic for tired vocal folds and have the effect of calming and relubricating them.