Episode 040 | Tara B | 10 tips to Help With Nerves When You Sing

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On today’s show, Tara dives into something that probably every singer has faced at some point of their career—being nervous right before you sing! She gives 10 solid and practical helps for what to do to overcome those pesky nerves! 

“Nerves can be a combo of fear and excitement.” 

Getting nervous often starts in our brain and the perception we have of what’s going to happen when we sing. Lots of thoughts run through our head that make us feel afraid. 

How do we calm our bodies when we are nervous? 

10 Practical tips to help you with nerves: 

  1. Check in with yourself—ask yourself what you are afraid of?  "If you’re okay with ‘making mistakes is human’, your audience will be ok with it too!” 
  2. Be prepared. Have a plan for your concert or audition. “Being prepared lets your body take over naturally with stress.” 
  3. Come early. Way less stress because you can assess the situation. 
  4. Eat some protein. Helps your body with energy. 
  5. The day before you sing, hydrate your body with drinking lots of water. 
  6. Research your audience. Find out what you can about whom you are singing for. 
  7. Take the time to meet someone in the room before you sing. 
  8. Find a smiley person in the room! 
  9. If you have been hired to sing at a concert, remember that someone believes you  can already do it! 
  10. Remember that you have music to give to others. Focus on them. 

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2 comments

  • Cassie Mullen
    Cassie Mullen Northridge, CA
    Thank you Tara, this is very helpful for me as a vocalist. Love to sing, stay strong.

    Thank you Tara, this is very helpful for me as a vocalist. Love to sing, stay strong.

  • Tara B
    Tara B
    Thank you so much. Glad it was a useful show!!

    Thank you so much. Glad it was a useful show!!

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