Using the singing stage: Being a performer is more than just being able to go out in a live setting and sing, it’s about using the singing 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 the singing 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 using the singing 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.
HOT TIP! Analyse the singing 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 use the 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 using the stage with you. This is key in learning about using the stage.
Not using the singing 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.
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:
Body language is just as important, if not more so, than the ability to sing. Imagine watching a singer go on stage and stare at their feet as they sing their songs without moving once. They wouldn’t be using the singing 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. On that note, always be spatially aware of where you are moving and make sure it’s appropriate.
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 singing stage, you'll feel more comfortable in your body doing your own stage moves.
HOT TIP! Utilise all areas whilst using the singing 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!
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