Occasionally, I like to write a few singing notes about rather uncommon aspects of singing. Here are several ideas that should help you to refine your technique and performing ability...
5 VOCAL SECRETS TO HELP YOU SING BETTER!
1. Here is a useful way to keep your pitch steady during long-held notes - As you sing a long note (it could be the final note of a song, or the "big" note in a song) - imagine that the pitch is RISING as you sing the note. See the note spinning out in front of you and moving slightly up. The pitch does NOT rise, but this little mental trick helps you avoid going flat as you sustain the long note.
This idea is also useful when you repeat the same note many times in succession in a phrase. Imagine that the note is going slightly UP so that you do not go slightly flat.
2. If you are running out of breath at the end of a phrase... lift your chest up a little bit as you are singing, as though you have decided to improve your posture. Also open your shoulders a bit wider. This action will take some of the rib pressure off your lungs and your breath will last longer.
3. Again, at the end of a phrase - if you want to reduce the volume of the note to create a real diminuendo (a gradual decrease in loudness) - add some EE to the vowel you are singing.
This action "slims down" your vowel and allows you to sing very quietly with greater ease. Unless you are singing an EE vowel already, your shift to the EE must be subtle so that the audience does not hear a vowel change.
They should only hear how you are able to spin that note into nothingness. A great way to thrill your listeners - no matter your style of music!
4. To reduce the stress of walking onstage at the start of a concert/show - before you walk onstage, dedicate your performance to someone (your grandmother? your father?) or some"thing" (a cause, an organization that you believe in etc).
You do not have to tell anyone about this. Let it be your secret. In making an honest dedication, you can relieve some pent up performance pressure and find purpose in your music that goes beyond your self.
For More tips on ways to overcome stage fright, see my new E-Guide: Stage Fright - 12 Powerful Tools To Help You Beat It! 5. To help find the right mood quickly during a performance - consider choosing a color for each song or a word that sums up the entire "feel" of the song.
When you are about to perform the song, visualize the color and/or think of the word and discover how quickly it can bring the right emotions to the surface.
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