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Get over fear of singing

Get Over Fear Of Singing

Learning how to control your voice properly and develop a consistent and confident singing voice is an important skill that will benefit even the most casual singer right through to touring professionals. Getting over your fear of singing will take some time, but no matter your anxieties, these 10 tips will help you get over fear singing immediately! The first thing you need to do is work out where your insecurity comes from in singing so that you can develop an approach to help you get over fear of singing and let your voice be heard the way it was meant to be.

Lets get started with the top 10 tips to get over fear of singing:

#1 – Identify your anxiety

To get over fear of singing, you first have to locate and acknowledge your insecurities. Whether it’s fear of high notes, fear of embarrassment, fear of forgetting your words – you first need to acknowledge your fear and work out how it arose in the first place so you can then develop an approach for easing your worries.

  • Identify
  • Acknowledge
  • Overcome

I’m personally a bit of a gear-a-phobe and always worry that the equipment will fail, or the mic cable will come out, or the microphone will break – these are all part of playing in a band, and I got this anxiety from carting gear around and having responsibility over the other band members’ amplifiers and guitars, and from playing in bands in my youth in ‘not so hot’ venues where our gear was already sub standard, and the venue’s gear was abysmal (it’s all a part of Rock ‘n Roll, they said!). So, my approach is to simply double check every piece of equipment I’ll be using, and avoid any situation where I’m not able to do so with the gear.



Easy fix, right? Not always, so lets check out tip #2

#2 – Don’t fear the reaper (or high notes)

Developing an approach to your high notes will alleviate most of your anxieties off the bat, I’m sure, as high notes are generally the hardest part of being a great singer. Learning how to sing high notes the right way without strain, and making SURE that you always nail them on point is a great way to get over fear of singing, by being a MASTER of it. To hit your high notes, make sure you:

-> I need help with my high notes!

Making sure you troubleshoot each of the high passages in the songs you’ll be singing is an important part of any singer’s routine. If you have a well designed approach for each tricky note that’s coming up, you’ll actually ENJOY singing and look forward to stepping onto that stage to show off your vocal prowess.

#3 – Which Pitch is Which?

Having a fear of pitchiness is very common, so don’t feel bad. Being pitchy happens for a number of reasons, so it’s important you recognise where pitch comes from and WHY you might be experiencing the odd off-note and issues with pitch. In essence, each pitch that you sing is a different frequency, literally, of your vocal chords – meaning, your vocal chords vibrate at a specific speed to create a specific frequency. So, pitchiness has nothing to do with your “ear”, and everything to do with how you create and control your frequencies.

-> I need help with my pitch!

The biggest reason I find singers have issue with pitch is improper resonance placement. Learning to place your frequencies when you warm up will set the stage for a powerful delivery that is on pitch, in key and super easy. Beyond placement, some singers have problems with pitch due to their vowel production, onsets, improper support and a number of other reasons that are super easy to fix – simply book a Skype session with me and I’ll show you how to sing on pitch EVERY time.

#5 – Stalk the stage

If you have a fear of singing live on stage, I find it often helps to familiarise yourself with the surroundings and stage you’ll be singing on before the gig. If you can actually rehearse in the setting that you’ll be singing your real gig at before the date, that is fantastic, but even if you step on stage an hour or so before showtime, you can get over fear of singing fairly easily by making sure you know what lies ahead for you so you’re not in the dark.

#6 – Shot in the dark

There’s a reason why all the best rock stars wear dark sunnies, and it’s surprisingly not because of all the cocaine. I often find that the stage lights are dazzling and blinding, so you really do feel like a deer in the headlights – a decent pair of shades of a fedora will not only make you look super cool, it will take the edge off those dazzling lights, at least for the first song or two until you find your feet. All humor aside, being prepared for the lighting you’ll be singing under is an important part of any live routine, so ask the lighting guy to ‘shine a light’ on you before showtime so you’re prepared for the sea of lights.

#7 – Reference points

A key part of my approach to singing involves reference points in each song that my student is working on. If you’re struggling with a specific vocal line, make sure you have a detailed and consistent approach to THE most difficult word or pitch in the line so that you have a reference point to work towards, and then work towards the next reference point in your song. Drilling the most difficult parts of a song and recognising that ‘difficult song’ often really means that a song has a ‘difficult word’ or ‘difficult’ pitch in it, which you can both easily develop a consistent approach for. Reference points can be anything from a point where you KNOW you have to take a breath, or a word that is a cue to set up your posture again – having reference points in your songs is a sure fire way to gain instant confidence and consistency in your singing.

#8 – Don’t be so hard on yourself

No, seriously, don’t force yourself to do something you’re not ready to do. Pick an easier song, change a vocal line, or even delay your first gig – if you’re not ready to do it, then you’re not ready to do it. It’s best to work TOWARDS a goal rather than attempting something you’re simply not ready for, so make sure your goals are in line with your current learning curve and capabilities. It doesn’t mean you CAN’T do it, it just means you need further preparation to be as good as you KNOW you can, and WILL be when you’re ready.

#9 – Practice makes perfect

It’s lame, I know, but it really DOES. Make sure you practice, practice, practice until you can sing your song or setlist with your eyes shut and your hands behind your back. Try it in different rooms and locations, different settings and try it one person at a time. If you fear singing in front of people, then practice it in front of one close friend first, then two, then three, a stranger – and before you know it, you’ve been singing in front of an audience confidently without even realising.

#10 – Get help

Sometimes, a little feedback goes a long way. Fear is often of the ‘unknown’ rather than any tangible threat – so shoot through a recording of your voice to me and let me know what you’re hearing, and what you think you need help with and I’ll tell you point blank where you voice might need some tweaking so that you can learn to sing with confidence and consistency, and allow you to get over fear singing and let you voice be heard!

How to get over fear of singing

If your fear is of failure, or missing a high note, or forgetting lyrics – these are all tangible things, which fear is not. Absolutely anyone can learn how to sing on pitch, and how to train their memory, and how to sing high notes, you just need the right approach, professional guidance and practice, practice, practice.



Bohemian Vocal Studio has steadily grown into the premier voice studio for professional singing lessons and reaches students around the globe each week via Skype to provide the best voice coaching experience in the world. If you’re ready to take your voice to the next level, and you’re ready to get over fear of singing, you can book a Skype session today and we’ll start building your voice the right way!

 

 

 

 

 

Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.

12 thoughts on “Get over fear of singing

  1. Great post. Love this website. Very helpful and informative. I like how you link other posts to bold words that may be unfamiliar to the common reader like Middle Voice and Diaphragmatic Breahting… Very educational and practical!

    1. Cheers Robert! You’re welcome – absolutely, it’s important to understand every aspect of singing, so I like to include links to other techniques I’m referring to so that you can easily find a tutorial to develop it yourself.

      Let me know if you have any other questions about Middle voice or your breathing.

      K

  2. This definitely helps me – I’m not yet the best singer, and because of that I’m kinda scared to do it. But thanks to you, I’m keen to try again!

  3. Loved the post and videos. Any singer should read this it’s well put together and will help a singer get over the hurdle and be a Rockstar singer.
    David

  4. Great article, I would love to be able to sing along with the radio or be brave enough to get up at the karaoke when on holiday.

    My biggest fear is the high notes, I sound like a cat being strangled when ever I try and hit the high notes.

    I feel most comfortable singing in my car when I am on my own that way when I start to screech I am not blasting someone else’s ear drums. Do you think volume is important when you sing?

    1. Thanks Bill – I actually have a tutorial on how to sing higher notes that you will find useful.

      Volume is a tricky subject in singing, in fact, it plays no part in healthy singing technique and should be replaced with a touch of twang via a narrowed epiglottis. Adding sheer volume involves adding extra low frequencies in most cases, so this will effect your placement and cause issues. Hope that helps!

      K

  5. My friend says that Mariah Carey is a great back-up singer for her in the car! I love that because Mariah can hit those high notes.
    Singing is like writing well and practice does make perfect. I have several friends who have had to get over their fear of singing in public because their voice was needed in their band.
    This is a great post on not only identifying many of the fears, but getting over them. Like so many things in life, many people are not really paying attention to us anyway. They are in their own world and they do not even notice when we screw up or miss a note. Thanks for this post!

    1. Ha – I’m sure Mariah appreciates being a back-up singer for sure.

      Absolutely, practice makes perfect, especially when you have the right vocal technique and you’re practising in the right manner. And you’re right, quite often we’re focused on tiny flaws and imperfections, when others simply don’t notice them, so you can take your time developing the right technique without fear that others are laser focusing in on that tiny flub or missed word.

      With the right technique, proper practice and a powerful approach to singing, a lack of confidence and fear of singing will be things of the past.

      Let me know if you have any questions about your voice!

      All the best,

      K

  6. Hi Kegan,

    Thank you for this great article and valuable tips! I really enjoyed the read. Although I don’t plan to sing professionally, I found interesting info and suggestions. I liked your encouraging approach. I’m sure that your easy-to-follow article & videos will help many people in building their music careers.

    Best regards,
    Vesna

    1. Thanks so much Vesna! That’s fantastic – yes, I do like to be as encouraging and practical as possible so that my students, listeners and subscribers can all walk away feeling enriched about their voices and with new skills.

      All the best,

      K

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