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STAGE PERFORMANCE TIPS FOR SINGERS

Advice on how to perform on stage. 

STAGE PERFORMANCE TIPS FOR SINGERS

Stage performance tips for singers: Stage performance is the element that takes an act from being just a singer to a potential recording artist. Being able to perform on stage is a skill that all singers should master if they wish to be successful in the music industry. Here are a few pointers on how to perform well on stage!

TIPS ON STAGE PERFORMANCE FOR SINGERS

  • Move around on stage: Most audiences find an artist moving around on stage more engaging than those who stand static throughout. Coming to the front of the stage also helps to engage and connect with your audience. It doesn’t mean you have to use every inch of the stage, but you don’t want to be anchored to the floor, so make sure you move around.
  • Body language: Your body language gives the audience an idea of how you’re feeling when you’re on stage and conveys the emotion of the song. Making eye contact with the audience helps them to connect with you, it shows you’re confident and again adds to the interpretation of the song. Standing tall and having good posture not only helps your performance, it makes you look professional. Body language is a main tool in expressing the emotion of the song so making sure your movement reflects this is key, it will take time to perfect but essential to start incorporating into your performance.

HOT TIP: Look at YouTube videos of artists you are influenced by and watch how they perform with their mannerisms and look at how they convey emotion in their performance. It may just be an act, but that’s what you inspire to be!

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ACTIONABLE TIPS TO IMPROVE STAGE PERFORMANCE

We see lots of people enter our competitions who haven’t performed live before. Get ahead of the competition and perform wherever and whenever you can. Here are four actionable steps you can try out today to improve your live show. 

IMPROVE STAGE PERFORMANCE

  • Busking – Contact your local council and ask where and when it is ok to busk in your town centre. Not every council allows this, but if the opportunity is there then it can be a great way to build up your confidence. If you are under 16 make sure you are accompanied by an adult and perform in a safe open space. If you are incredibly nervous, don’t pick the busiest area first, work your way up to it! Busking is also a great way to earn a little bit of cash! 
  • Open Mics – Look around your local area and find some pubs/venues that host open mic nights, contact them and find out how to get involved. If you are under 18 let them know as some pubs won’t allow you to perform. Most will allow you to if accompanied by a parent or a guardian. If they are regular events, go as often as possible and get to know the people that are there. Networking is a great way of hearing about other live opportunities. 
  • House Show – Do a private show at your house for your friends and family. Your friends can often be your biggest critics and can be nerve wracking but will always back you when you need them to! Ask your friends and family for feedback to help you improve going forward. Remember, this is an intimate gig not a show at the O2, tailor your performance accordingly. (N.B. Don’t advertise this online, keep it private with close friends and family only!)
  • Record Yourself - If none of the above are possible, then film yourself performing, watch it back, show friends and family and ask them for areas you could improve. Don’t take this feedback personally, it will help you in the long run!

HOW TO OWN THE STAGE

HOW TO OWN THE STAGE

  • Engage with the audience: Engaging with the audience is very important when performing on stage. It can be from simply smiling and giving eye contact to show you’re enjoying yourself or using facial expressions to reflect the emotions of the song. If you have a song where you can’t make use of the stage as easily, don’t forget hand gestures can help to enhance a performance.
  • Make use of props and dancers: Make use of whatever you have to work with. You’ve got a stage so move around it. You’ve got a mic stand, use it during the softer bits and take the mic out when the song becomes more upbeat, don’t be restricted by your props. If you’ve got a really upbeat song, why not bring some dancers along, not only will it be a more enjoyable performance but also a more memorable one. Of course you are only as good as your worst dancer and ensure you get involved in the routine so plenty of practice is essential! You will also have to consider your fitness if doing large parts of the routine otherwise it will affect your breathing and vocal control in general.
  • Make an impression from beginning to the end: Walk confidently on stage and maintain that confidence throughout your performance. It’s easy to tell which performers are nervous when they walk on stage and it often takes a while to fade. Even established acts get nervous but learn to act to hide the nerves, the more performance you do the easier this should get even if the nerves don’t go. Another way to make an impression when you enter the stage is with your image which you can read more on by clicking here. Announce yourself when you come on, if you’ve not be announced. Thank for the audience at the end of your performance, and let them know you’re grateful they stayed to watch you.

STAGE PERFORMANCE TIPS FOR SINGERS

Take a look at some other similar articles; 

Performing on stage for singers

Finding an image as a musician

How to perform visually

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