So I was wondering… my vocal range feels completely different when singing in front of a mic in front of many people as opposed to by myself or with a few people around— in a bad way. Is it primarily a psychological/confidence issue? or something else? And how do you think I can try to fix it?
I’d definitely argue it’s psychological. Think of it this way.
Science tells us whenever our body feels like it’s in danger, we switch to fight of flight mode. With few exceptions, I think most of us kinda get that feeling when we approach a mic.
This stress causes tension, and all tension held in the body eventually if not immediately finds it’s way to the throat. Don’t believe me? Well… if you were on the phone with your friend, could you tell if they were happy? How about scared?
The tone of our voice often reflects how we feel in our bodies.
Ok, enough of the psychology. Let’s move onto a solution. Can you get past it?
I’ve written several articles on just this, as it’s a major stumbling block for many singers. One of my favorites is this one – How to Get Rid of Stage Fright. Take a look at this one and let me know if it helps. You can also check out Singing Performance Tips to help your performance to be the best it can be!
Best of luck to you!
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor
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