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Title: Performance Tips for Successful Singers

Updated: May 1

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Singing is a skill that requires a consistent and steady regimen of routine practice. Practice is essential to improve your singing and the natural vocal mechanics used for phonation. Daily workouts singing scales, arpeggios, and other exercises will play a vital part in the physical conditioning process of stretching the vocal cords and building a better sense of coordination with different musculature. You can also record yourself singing and listen to it to identify areas that need improvement.

Stage Presence

Stage presence is one of the most important live performance tips for singers, that often gets forgotten about. Ideally, learn the stage where you will be performing and always take into account that every stage will feel and sound a bit different. One of the best skills a performer can have is the ability to be adaptable both with their sound and performance presence. The contrast between singing in a coffee shop versus a stadium is rather wide, therefore bringing the appropriate attitude and persona to an equally matched stage can easily make or break a performance. Of course, factoring in the right song selections is another critical component as well! Also keep in mind that by building rapport with your audience, they can quickly become your best allies.

Tension & Balance

Overdeveloped tension is a singer’s worst enemy. Yoga or deep stretching before you sing will show you where you’re holding tension. Aerobic exercise is a great way to warm up before singing, along with light cardio workouts such as running or jogging. When your body is energized, your voice responds faster. You’ll know you’re warm when you start to sweat.


Water is a powerful tool when it comes to singing, not to mention the necessary fundamental benefits it has in simply taking care of overall health! It’s important to look after yourself. Water moisturizes the vocal folds and acts like a lubricant. It makes the voice flexible and resilient. As a general rule of thumb, a person should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. You can also consider eating foods with a higher water content and eat lightly the day before and the day of your performance. Performing on a heavy stomach with the wrong fuel can be a difficult task.

Have Fun!

Lastly, remember to have fun being on stage. If you're not enjoying yourself as a performer the audience won't either. Be sure to work on exuding confidence and don't forget that your voice is a gift others want to experience. Always commit to each and every performance and make each instance on stage better than the previous, good luck!

Feel free to leave a comment below, share your thoughts or even something you're working on. Happy music-making!

Nikk May

Private Studio for Voice | Piano | Guitar


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