- Choose a song you are comfortable with and know well
- Pick something within your capabilities – don’t try to over impress
- Make sure the song is appropriate for the occasion
Get The Essentials
- Song lyrics
- Sheet music (for the accompanist)
- Backing track (if needed)
- Check whether you will be singing with a PA system or without
- Will you learn the lyrics or have music on a stand?
- Take a bottle of water with you
Rehearsing The Song
Always allow yourself a good amount of rehearsal time – preparation is the key to a good performance!
- Listen to recordings of the song and work out an arrangement that suits you
- Hum the melody of the song before adding words – this helps to secure your tuning and knowledge of the melody. Words can get in the way at this stage!
- Make sure you know your entries (particularly if you are using a backing track)
- Try to memorise the words
Before The Performance
- Choose a comfortable outfit
- Imagine yourself performing the song – with a good outcome
- Find out where you are in the programme
- Arrive in plenty of time
- Make sure you warm up properly!
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2. Take some deep breaths before you warm-up; if you are relaxed you will sing better.
3. Make sure you stand up straight with your feet hip width apart. Slouching prevents you from breathing deeply and can produce a shallow sound.
4. Always warm-up before you sing, this will help prevent a vocal injury or voice strain and will help you to perform well.
5. Smile when you sing: a bright face helps to keep you in tune!
6. You can improve your singing by listening carefully. Concentration will help prevent basic mistakes such as lack of breath control, poor pronunciation and volume.
7. Always check your volume. So many singers struggle with breath control because they are singing too loudly!
8. Never shout or force the sound out when you sing as this can out stress on your vocal cords and cause injury.
9. Regular practise helps build a stronger voice. Don’t skip or skimp on your practise. It pays off in the end!
©2009Helen Sanderson-White, Little Eliza Music.