Singing Weary When the Show Must Go On
Sometimes you just don’t feel like singing. This can happen when you are…
* physically exhausted from long hours or lack of sleep,
* fighting off an illness,
* in a bad, numb or depressed mood,
* facing a stressful situation or personal crisis of some kind.
It’s always best, if possible, to re-schedule your vocal performance or recording for a better day, but there are times when, as they say, the show must go on. Here are some things that can help:
1. Get enough hydration and nutrition.
Make sure you have water with you and that you eat a light, protein-rich meal before singing. Limit caffeine and sugar, which can rev you up too much and negatively affect your pitch and vocal control.
2. Do your warm-up exercises!
Have good ones available, and know how to do them correctly!
2. Make sure your posture is good!
Ask yourself how you would be standing and carrying yourself if you DID feel good. Then do just that. Avoid a slumping or stiff posture at all costs. I like to encourage vocalists to balance their heads over their tailbones.This will help you with breath, throat and confident communication issues as you sing.
3. Make sure to use enough correct breath support!
This is the last thing you want to do when you’re tired, because if done correctly you must use the big muscles in your gluts, thighs, lower back and abs. But do it you must, because otherwise you’ll either apply breath incorrectly, squeezing at the ribs and losing breath control, or you won’t send enough breath through your instrument to support and amplify a steady, full-range vocal sound.
4. Give yourself a few moments before you sing to “place” yourself in an authentic mindset to deliver your song with authenticity.
And yes, you can do control your mind more than you think. If you have trouble corralling your thoughts on cue, try taking serious acting lessons and/or a talk therapy session.
5. Be Clear About The Message You’re Giving!
What are you saying? How important is it that your listener “gets” what you’re communicating in your song? Sing TO someone. Don’t just rehearse or think about being passionate, it’s not the same thing.
6. Always strive to give an excellent performance!.
If you’re doing backing vocals, be the “stunt singer ” who can shadow the style & timbre of the lead flawlessly. Become one with the lead and/or with your fellow session singers. Don’t compromise because you don’t feel like giving your best. In the tough world of commercial session singing, you’re only perceived as good as your last session, you know!
7. And last but not least, if the problem is laryngitis, there is no substitute for vocal rest.
You must ask yourself if the vocal performance you have scheduled is worth damaging or losing your instrument. Check with a trusted doctor who works with singers for advice here, and of course, your trusted vocal coach.
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