How can I become more comfortable singing in front of others?Recently, I decided I wanted to try to sing a solo when we get a gig. I somehow have no problem singing by myself when I know no one is...

How can I become more comfortable singing in front of others?

Recently, I decided I wanted to try to sing a solo when we get a gig. I somehow have no problem singing by myself when I know no one is around, but when someone is around or listening I  get very nervous. Can anyone give me advice to not be as nervous and more comfortable singing in from of others?

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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The fastest way to become comfortable singing in front of others is to do so - often and over a long period of time.

If it helps to have someone else singing instead of you doing a solo, sing with others in your band, then gradually have the others cut back on how loudly or how much they sing. Try singing as an echo of what someone else sang or what the whole group sang for another low-key type of solo experience.

Practice singing for family, friends, neighbors, classmates, any and all gatherings you can possibly find where you know that the audience is going to be friendly and supportive. Remind yourself that you are brave and confident enough to get up and share your love of music with others; tell yourself that those listening are enjoying your performance and wishing they had the nerve to do the same but don't; imagine the audience in their pajamas to make them less threatening; ignore the audience and sing to a spot on the back wall over their heads - find the trick(s) that work to help you and go for it!

ilovemusic1225 | Student

When i first started singing, I had a hard time finding the confidence that I needed to sing in front of people. I think the more you sing in front of crowds, the more comfortable you become. I practically came out of the womb singing :)))) But just make sure you drink lots of water and keep your voice warmed up and hydrated. Also, pineapple juice or other citrus juices help to give your voice a clear tone. Remember that it's natural to get nervous! I have been singing in front of people more than half of my life and I still get nervous! Now, I have a lead in our school musical and I'm doing the school talent show. Just have confidence in yourself and make sure you know what you are singing. I hope that this helps because I know exactly what you are going through!!!

vhs456 | Student

^^^ thats right. the more you do it the more your comfortable. try singing more often in front of friends or family. im a drummer and im also in a band, when we play at whatever location its kind of nerve racking. what our singer used to do was stare at something like a nail on the stage or a picture on the wall and just sing to that object. he says its pretty helpful

udonbutterfly | Student

This past year I got up in front a auditorium packed liked sardines and on top of that I song a song in Chinese. So I was basically a wreck and my heart was beating a million times a minute thinking about whether or not my pronunciation was correct. But when I got on that stage and the music started playing I was blinded by the light and forgot all about how I was singing in front of such a huge crowd. Well I couldn't see them anyway because I was blinded by the light haha. So best thing just look straight ahead and pay the crowd no attention it will definitely calm you down. :D

zumba96 | Student

Everyone tends to have that happen to them at least once in their life. I don't really have any stage fright but I get really shy in front of a lot of people sometimes especially if I don't know them. For that I just pretend I'm by myself or if I see one of my friends I pretend its just them and I just do what I was gonna do. Hope that helps!

eli468 | Student

I constantly get stage fright. To this day I still hate doing speeches, but I have sang in front of others and I always came to find that despite how scared I would be, as soon as I was actually singing by myself to a crowd I would feel great. It's a weird feeling. It's like you will wonder why you took so long to sing in front of someone because it's a great feeling, but then once I was done I would get scared for the next performance.

Some things that I might recommend to make you more comfortable is you could start off slow. I wasn't comfortable singing in front of friends or family before because I would over think their expressions. My way of improving is singing over the phone. My friends would always tell me to sing for them and I would because I didn't feel as judged. So you could start off singing to someone on the phone or other media like skype and then move up to singing in person.

Another thing that can help is recording videos. If you decide to show them to people, then you can get their reactions and feedback without having to actually sing nervously in front of them. You can upload videos too for feedback. Also, if you do this, you can go back and listen to your videos to see where you think you need work.

After that just practice in front of people until you feel comfortable and then just go for it! In the end no matter how comfortable you get your first, or maybe even every, performance is probably going to make you a little stressed out or anxious, but it will get easier.

taangerine | Student

Based on my experience, I became more comfortable singing in front of a larger audience as I sang with a group. Slowly, that group became 10. Then, 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. I gradually became more confident singing as I took apart of singing with my peers. Furthermore, I pretend that I'm just singing in the shower when I singing in front of the audience. That essentially help me be myself of stage and become more confident in myself. Just believe in yourself, and I'm sure you'll do well! Don't be afraid to take risks. 

arrellbelle | Student

I love singing, but I am an incredibly, and unfortunately, shy person when I am in front of a large crowd. I feel highly uncomfortable and I feel myself turning red. I took a public speaking course in college and it gradually got me used to talking and looking people in the eyes when giving out my speeches. In terms of singing, take it one step at a time, sing in front of the mirror, then start singing to family and/or friends, sing in the shower, sing when you're out in public or grocery shopping. You just have to be confident in yourself and your singing talent.

maggie123246 | Student

I have the same problem sometimes. I love singing with a passion, but when it comes to singing in front of others, my throat gets tense and my voice sounds scared and weak.

I'm still working on ways to make it better. I would agree with what people have already said. Sing in front of people every chance you get. My music instructor always tells me that singing the national anthem at a sports event or something will help you. It's scary at first, but it gets better and better every time you sing it.

Like other people have said as well, don't be afraid of what your voice sounds like, or what people think about it. If you're up there singing and having a great time, the audience will love it too. Self confidence is such a big key to it all. As long as you believe in yourself, you can do anything. :)