The 10 Scariest Things About Singing
Learning to sing can be a scary thing. Some immediate thoughts that come to mind are – What if I’m just a bad singer? What if I hurt my voice? What if I hit a wrong note? Do I have to sing in front of people? Why should I bother? There are so many scary things about singing that it’s often easier to run away screaming than it is to take a singing lesson. I’m here to show you that singing is actually very EASY and that there is nothing to be scared about. Here are the 10 scariest things about singing, and how to overcome them.
#1 – What if I am just a bad singer?
There is no such thing as a ‘bad’ singer, only a singer that lacks finesse, balance and control. Sure, there are those annoying people out there who possess a natural aptitude towards the natural coordination required for singing, but ultimately that really only relates to the learning curve, not the end result of vocal training. Great singing comes in many forms and is more an act of balance and coordination than it is of muscular force or ‘god given talent’. You’re not a bad singer, you’re just not using your voice to its full potential… yet!
#2 – Singing in front of others
This one IS actually scary. But if your voice is in peak form and you have total control over your voice, what is there to be afraid of? Singing nerves really come from self-doubt about our ability to sing consistently and is linked more to a lack of a proper approach than it is social anxiety. If you have an approach to absolutely EVERYTHING you’re about to sing, from high notes right through to consonants – you will become excited and pleased to show off your prowess in front of others.
#3 – Hitting high notes
Phew! Those high notes are tough, right? No, they’re actually not. There are two main aspects of singing, the physical, and the psychological. High notes, in particular, suffer due more to the psychological process than a physical inability to hit the note you’re aiming for. By developing your technique correctly and assuring the right thought process, singing high notes will become a breeze.
#4 – What if I blow out my voice?
With proper vocal technique, there is no chance that you’ll blow out your voice. Sure, you might make a poor vowel choice here and there, or you might even have a bad day or two – but proper vocal technique provides you with a consistent and strain-free manner to sing almost anything. If you’re blowing out your voice, then you’re suffering the effects of poor vocal technique.
#5 -What if I’m pitchy?
Pitchiness comes from a lack of proper frequency production, and is also linked to the manner in which you create your vowels. Are you releasing your registers while forming your vowels correctly? If you answered “no”, then this is why you’re often pitchy – with professional training, your pitch issues will be a thing of the past.
#6 – The unknown, aka Stage Fright
My trick for overcoming the ‘unknown’ element of walking on stage was always to warm up on the stage that I would be singing on later in the night. This removes most of the ‘intangible’ element of walking on stage and allows you to feel like the room is your ‘home’, and that everyone in the room is your guest, rather than being a guest in someone else’s home. Being fearful of the unknown also has ties with any weakness in your vocal technique – if you’re certain that you’ll sing well, then there is no reason to be fearful. If you KNOW the situation/room you’re about to walk into, your fear will dissolve like rain.
#7 – What if someone doesn’t like my voice?
If you’re sure of yourself, and you love your instrument – then others will have no choice but to appreciate the finesse with which you sing, and the obvious time and effort that you’ve put into pursuing your dreams to become a great singer. There’s always going to be people who “don’t get it” – the key is to realising their negativity is really a reflection on their own lack of abilities and insecurities. You’re a magnificent lion, the hyenas are always going to be jealous of your magnificent mane.
If you lack confidence in your singing voice, the right place to start is the free foundations short courses here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, which will show you how to set up the strongest base to build your singing voice upon. Then when you’re ready to take your voice up another notch with professional guidance and training, you can book a Skype Session and we’ll work towards extending your range and building confidence and consistency in your voice every time you sing.
If you have any questions about singing and how you can overcome your fears, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!