Has stress ever cramped up your voice? Have you ever been so completely stressed out that your tone sounds like a bullfrog? Well, maybe it hasn’t been that bad, but by my best guess, you’ve felt the weight of stress before when singing. Don’t worry if you feel all alone in this boat – it is a condition that every singer must face. In my journey to understand and learn how to sing better, I’ve been able to develop some tips and practices that help fight stress. Here are a couple below:
1. Don’t forget to warm up your voice! When we are stressed, we tend to forget the all important warm up (or we rush through it like we don’t need it). However, we must battle this urge to go straight into singing and fight to warm up correctly! No matter how badly you want to sing, step back and take the time to warm up. This is crucial for helping you get rid of that nasty stress tone and unleashing your true tone.
2. Take it easy and slow. I find that stress generally heightens my nerves and thus I tend to overdo and overwork everything related to singing. So, whenever I feel stressed I consciously remind myself to practice at a much slower pace. By practicing at a slower pace, I mean taking your time running through your exercises and possibly even skipping some of the tougher ones. Be sure to consciously think about keeping yourself cool, calm and collective. Otherwise, stress will take over and frustrations will consume your tone. Remember, chill out!
I have a couple more things that I do to fight stress, but these are the main two that I have to remind myself of each time stress creeps into my life.
Alternately, what are some things you do to help manage stress when singing?
Keep up the faith and sing on, my friends!