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Vocal: Building Confidence

Updated: May 1

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Every Singer's Struggle

Singing can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be nerve-wracking. If you're struggling with confidence when you sing, you're not alone. Many people feel nervous or insecure about their singing ability, even if they have a good voice. Fortunately, there are several techniques you can use to build your confidence and feel more comfortable when you sing.

Know Your Voice

One of the best ways to build confidence in your singing ability is simply to practice regularly. The more you practice, the more comfortable you'll become with your voice and the more confident you'll feel when you sing. Start by singing in a comfortable and relaxed environment, such as your own bedroom or living room. You can also try singing along with familiar and moderately leveled songs or vocal exercises to help build your skills.


Recording yourself singing can be a great way to build confidence. It allows you to listen to yourself objectively and identify areas where you need to improve. This method also helps build the necessary musical intuition between relating the quality of how something sounds to how it feels physically when you sing. Start by recording yourself singing a simple song or vocal exercise. Listen to the recording and take note of any areas where you can improve. Then, work on those areas in your next practice session.

Deep Breaths

Always remind yourself to focus on a steady breathing technique. Breathing is an essential part of singing, and it can also help you feel more confident. When you breathe deeply and consistently, it can help you relax and feel more comfortable when you sing. Try taking a few deep breaths before you start singing and focus on breathing from your diaphragm. This can help you produce a more powerful and controlled sound.


Visualization is a powerful tool for building confidence. Take a few minutes before you start singing to visualize yourself singing with confidence and ease. Imagine yourself hitting every note perfectly and receiving applause from your audience. This can help you feel more positive and confident about your singing ability. In addition, a great benefit to singing theatre styled pieces is that it requires a performer to step into the shoes of the character they're singing for. This can be a great approach to letting go of nervousness and turning more focus towards engaging the character of the song.

Constructive Feedback

Getting feedback from others can also be a helpful way to build confidence. Ask a friend or family member to listen to you sing and provide feedback. They can give you constructive criticism and help you identify areas where you need to improve. If you're feeling nervous about performing in front of others, start by singing in front of a small group of friends or family members.

Last But Not Least

Remember that singing should be enjoyable! Don't be afraid to make mistakes, in fact one of the philosophies I often give singers is that they'll never sound their best until they become OK sounding their worst. This is to conceptualize the importance of exploring the voice and being willing to push beyond current limits without fear of failure. The more you enjoy yourself singing, the more confident you'll feel. Just remember to relax and practice carrying a feeling of success when you sing. With time and patience, you'll develop the confidence you need to sing with ease and joy.

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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