How To Overcome Stage Fright For Singers

Stage fright is a big problem among performers of all kinds and at all levels of experience. Finding ways of overcoming stage fright and turning nerves and adrenaline into positive forces in your performance is just as important as great technique. This article gives some tips on how to overcome stage fright whenever those butterflies in your stomach get out of hand.

In order to get over stage fright you first need to identify what it is you're afraid of. After you pinpoint the source of your fear, you can beat stage fright. The most common stage fright fears for singers are:

  • Cracking during the performance and not being able to hit the high notes
  • Looking stupid in front of friends
  • Forgetting the words to the song
  • Fearing success or failure, rejection, or the unknown.

Symptoms of stage fright include butterflies in your stomach, shaky knees, a dry mouth, a sudden urge to cry or run away, trembling hands, a racing heart rate, nausea, runny nose, cold hands but sweaty underarms and an urge to pee no matter how many times you visit the bathroom. Do any of these sound familiar?

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To overcome stage fright, it's important not to assume that you must be calm before a performance, this will just set you up for stage fright. Expecting to be nervous and jittery, on the other hand, can enable you to sing through your anxiety. You don't want to stop the adrenaline, but rather eliminate the underlying fear that leads stage fright. In fact you can use the fight-or-flight adrenaline rush to enhance your performance.

The biggest key to overcoming stage fright in singing is preparation. The following pointers can help you prepare yourself better and reduce stage fright during your performance.

  • Stay positive and motivated as you practice. To overcome stage fright you need to figure out a way to motivate yourself. What kind of reward do you need to get yourself to practice regularly?
  • Set goals for each practice and don't try to tackle too many things at once or you'll feel overwhelmed and only encourage the anxiety of stage fright.
  • Practice at the level you intend to perform. This is one of the best ways of overcoming stage fright. Practice all the details of your song separately and then gradually piece it all together until you consistently create the sounds you want to create in your performance.
  • Set a deadline for memorizing the song. A lot of people get stage fright because they fear forgetting the words of the song. The melody and words of the song need to be in your long-term memory. You will not overcome stage fright if you try and learn the song the night before your performance. I recommend having the song memorized 7 days prior to the performance.
  • Speed read through your text to help you remember the words. Forgetting the words of a song that you've memorized usually happens because your concentration momentarily slips. To beat stage fright you need to practice concentrating on the task at hand and speed reading through the text on a regular basis will help you put the text in your long-term memory.
  • Choose music that enhances your strengths and shows off your areas of expertise. This will help eliminate anxiety and be helpful in overcoming stage fright on the night of the performance.

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