We all have a certain singer or performer that we look up to for inspiration, that we only dream of singing with. Many of us may not want to actually perform in front of a large audience like professionals do. However, we may look up to these 'role-models' so that we may grow in our own musical talent. But, what about performing in front of your family or friends? Or, what about when others are singing on a camping trip, get-together or wedding? Whether you're pursuing this course to learn more about singing, get more out of singing practice, be able to sing in a group, or even if you have greater singing aspirations, you are going to have to learn to be confident about your voice.
Let's look at the world's greatest athletes. We keep using athletes as an example because singing, in its essence, is a type of sport. It requires carefully honed skills that can be built up and improved over a period of time. Both require practice. Both require desire. Both require careful attention on the parts of the body being exercised.
Now, think of a famous athlete. Think about how this person presents him or herself. Is he or she confident? You might even say that they are overconfident and even pompous? Where do you think this confidence stems from? It is rooted in the fact that confident athletes have something to be confident about: they have worked hard and practiced for years to get to the top and be the best at their particular type of sport. They are confident for two reasons. First, they are confident because they deserve to be. Second, they are confident because they have to be.
Let's keep looking at confidence and try to apply this to you when you practice singing. Professional signers are also confident because they have worked hard to be where they are. Singers have devoted years to singing, whether it is at home, in a garage, with a band, in cafes, or doing gigs in small establishments. They have been discovered or have contacted plenty of agents trying to find one who will represent them. Mostly, their success wasn't easy. They have devoted the time and energy needed to succeed.
Famous singers or any professional for that matter has to be confident. This doesn't mean they have to be arrogant or pretentious, but they must hold themselves in high regard so that they may keep building upon the skills that they already have. Artists who have pushed forged ahead and maybe even dared to try something new and exciting have generally been the ones who last longer in their profession and who have been popular for decades. Some of these mainstream artists that are still performing and still make the top of the charts today might include: Elton John, Madonna, U2, Sting, Snoop Doggy Dog, and many more you can probably name off the top of your head. Not only are these singers and groups confident in what they do, but they have managed to perform for many years while still appealing to the mainstream and worldwide market. They have all been confident enough to take chances and push their singing to the highest levels.
Now, when you sing, you do not have to do what these aforementioned artists have done. The only thing you should focus on is trying to get your self-confidence high. If you are learning to sing, practicing daily, treating your vocal organs correctly, and pushing yourself to new heights, then you are doing nothing less than what these superstars are doing. All of this will lead to greater confidence in your voice. Even you are not the type of person who feels proud of what you have accomplished, you should begin to take credit for what you do. Your singing will never progress unless you do. You have to know that you are developing your singing voice to the best of your ability. As you reach new benchmarks with your vocal ability, give yourself more than a pat on the back. Take yourself out or tell someone else how your singing lessons and practice are coming along. You and your efforts deserve to be acknowledged. This will also make you feel good about what you are doing and how you are progressing.<
Many artists in the public eye receive their acknowledgement and gratification from their fans. While this may not be the case for most of us, we can receive the same but on a different scale. You have to be willing to take new chances and push yourself. This does not mean that you have to get onstage and perform right away. Nor does it mean that you have to try pushing your voice to vocal levels that dogs will bark at. It simply means that you have to be willing to push your own comfort level so that you will grow as a singer. You may never get to perform in front of a large audience or be on stage. And, that is OK. Are professionals the only ones who can let their souls cry outward in an expressive melody? No, they are not! You can do the same and feel the same passion and emotion that professional feel. Again, you may not want to perform in this way in front of an audience, but your confidence levels will rise as you gain new heights and new vocal range as you learn to 'feel' and 'monitor' what your voice is doing and how you can control it, on a professional level.
Singing with confidence requires you to take chances. If you are going to perform in front of an audience, some steps you can take will increase your chances of performing confidently and well. The first factor you are going to seriously consider is that you will have to learn to take chances. Be willing to show yourself, your emotion, and your confidence on stage. If you can open yourself up to an audience, they too will be responsive and show emotion. Singing in any situation, onstage or not, with any type of audience present is a bonding experience between the listener and the singer(s). However, this means that you will have to be the first one to wear your heart on your sleeve; the audience will follow. Only once you have done this, will you be able to full connect to your audience whether large or small. This is what practice and confidence will bring. Another important factor to keep in mind is try not to be shy. You may not be an extrovert, but if you are sincere, your audience will know.
In order for you to get the odds in your favor before you sing in front of a crowd, choose a song you are familiar with and can sing well. Even if the song is a 'cover' song, that's not a problem. When selecting a song, choose an artist and a song that falls into the same key and tone as you. Choose a song you have sung before and one that 'moves' you. If you choose the right song, are able to stay in key, and are sincere about what you are singing, you will most likely be a hit. As you practice different songs, choose a selection of songs and artists. Only when you mimic the greats, and do it with variety, will you begin to develop your own sound, your own style, and get a sense of your true vocal range. Whether your voice is smooth or raspy, it doesn't matter. Keep your music varied and always practice one step at a time, learning and thinking about what it is that you have gained each day of practice.