It’s a new year and a fresh new start! I have been training singers for almost a decade now and I’ve noticed the number 1 setback they encounter with their voices is their lack of vocal confidence. Do you want to sing well but find you don’t have enough vocal confidence, and it sets you back from getting the best results? My advice: start planting the seeds now towards building your vocal confidence and your singing will blossom by spring!
Train like an athlete.
Adopt the mindset of a vocal athlete, train weekly and practice daily. Focus on improving your vocal strength, agility, range, breath management through studying vocal technique. Consult with your vocal coach on what areas you need to improve on and also on repertoire selection. Training is a huge part of growing your vocal confidence because…(and I love this quote)
“Competence breeds confidence.” – Dan Millman, Body Mind Mastery
The more competency in your vocal technique, the more you will be able to have trust in your instrument and as a result your confidence will soar.
Do Some Self-work.
Sometimes you have to get to the core of the emotional blocks that seem to get in the way of vocal progress. It may require working on yourself outside of singing. Journaling, attending workshops, studying performance psychology, and working with a therapist are just some of the ways that can help you on your vocal journey. Body awareness techniques such as Alexander Technique, Yoga or even meditation, can go a long way in making sure you are in the right frame of mind to tackle your overall confidence. Once you have worked on yourself, you are better equipped to handle the psychological challenges you will most likely face with singing.
Set Small Goals.
Sometimes having a goal or a vision of where you’d like to go with your singing can give you the motivation to keep working. Start small, as experts suggest small goals are more attainable and you will be more likely to strive towards them if you know they are achievable. It can be recording one song, performing at an open mic or auditioning for a choir. Set your intention and commit to making it happen.
Alida is a singer and vocal coach based in Vancouver, Canada. A graduate of UBC School of Music, Alida holds an IVA Advanced Certificate in voice teaching. She is also certified in Speech Level Singing and is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). Alida has been teaching voice for 9 years to clients from the Lower Mainland as well as across Canada and worldwide.