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Performance tips for when you’re singing on stage

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Singing on stage: Being a performer is more than just being able to start singing on stage, it’s about how to make use of the stage in the most appropriate and effective way. Read on to find out how. 

Keep an eye on the atmosphere

Bear in mind when using singing on stage, that the bigger the stage, the more room to play with and what would have seemed atmospheric on a little stage may need more work here. During shows look how other acts are performing when singing on stage, watching a variety of acts you can see the atmosphere amongst the audience and how it can change rapidly. Make sure your performance encompasses what your song is all about. 

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HOT TIP! Analyse the performances of others singing on stage during sound check or by watching other acts. Think about where the best spots to walk to and from will be or where the most dramatic spot for your final note will be. 

Type of song chosen will affect how you perform whilst singing on stage

If you’re singing a love song, look into the audiences eyes, move slowly across the stage and really bring the atmosphere into that room. If a dance or urban song then you need to be strong visually and perhaps best to incorporate routines and have other performers there whilst you’re singing on stage with you. This is key to learning about performing whilst singing on stage.

Don’t usually perform whilst singing on stage; to stand or to sit?

Both standing and sitting on the singing stage both have their benefits. Sitting is well used in a more intimate setting, perhaps during open mic events however be aware that you will have to compensate for not moving with facial expressions, hand gestures and eye contact. Standing gives you the freedom to move wherever you like and is a more open style of performing. 

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HOT TIP! Keep your hands busy. It is a common mistake for singers to just hold their hands by their sides or in their pockets where they are least effective. Some techniques to implement include:

  • Wave 
  • Clench your fists
  • Swap the microphone between hands
  • Move the microphone stand 

Body Language

Body language is just as important, if not more so, than the ability to sing. Imagine watching a musician singing on stage, go on stage and stare at their feet as they sing their songs without moving once. They wouldn’t be using the stage in the slightest. Body language is a tool in which you can convey the song to the audience. It can be as small as waving at a fan in the front row or running across the stage from side to side. Always remember when singing on stage, body language is important but it has to be fitting to the performance, don’t move just because you feel you have to.

Steal moves from the big guys

Go ahead; no one is going to fault you if you take some pointers from well-known singers. Don't copy one person, and don't copy their whole routine just adapt little bits from here and there. Take stage tips that you feel you can accommodate in your personality as an act and appropriate to the emotions of the song. Take the bits that you enjoy the most and make them your own. Eventually, after seeing how comfortable they are doing "crazy" stuff whilst using the stage, you'll feel more comfortable in your body doing your own stage moves.

HOT TIP! Utilise all areas whilst performing and singing on stage which in turn will help you connect with the most audience members. Don’t feel like you have to stay in the centre, give it a go reaching out for the people top right!

SINGING ON STAGE

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