The Vocalist Magazine SPRING 2013 ISSUE - Page 54

Do: cise. Thou shall engage to regular exer- Okay here’s what most singers don’t know about: Once you go onstage, you don’t just sing. You communicate and PERFORM. If you’ll be up there just to render some tunes, your audience should have stayed home and listened to a radio instead. If you want to be a singer, you have to be an entertainer as well. On every song number, you should execute everything at the topmost performance level. That means there would be times when you have to dance and move a lot. No matter how long or short your song numbers are, it is very important to develop stamina to stay energetic on stage. And you can only do that by keeping your body physically fit and healthy. Moreover, physical exercises are good ways to warm up before a performance. You don’t necessarily have to be going to the gym. You can simply do some routine brisk walking or jogging every morning or afternoon. Just see to it that you maintain an active lifestyle. Employing proper breathing techniques and exercises would help you boost your singing or vocal power even more. Primarily, singing is highly dependent on how much control the singer can provide to his airflow. When this flow of air is maintained at a steady pace, the singer’s vocal tone would be stronger, smoother, and more consistent. Do’t: Do: Engaging to constant singing exercises and routines not only makes you ready for any short-notice performances. It also keeps your vocal cords healthy by strengthening them with progressive vocal exercises. practice. Thou shall have constant singing Yes, all singers and performers know that by heart. While it’s admirable for a singer to push himself to the limits, however, it’s not always the case especially if you’re overly sick. Performing onstage during a period of illness will not only jeopardize your performance but your health as well. If you experience even minor disorders which involve your airways or throat, it could be very difficult to produce your usual singing voice. In occasions when you have colds or severe flu, too much pressure would be required in order to fulfil the ‘duties’ of singing. This should not be the case because it would surely put your singing voice or vocal cords at risk. Moreover, performing while you’re severely ill will greatly affect your level and manner of singing and performance. And your inability to execute your act well on stage will surely disappoint your audience. Thou shall not sing and perform during sickness. Thou shall use proper breathing techniques Do: Do: Thouyou give your EVERYTHING in each shall always give his 100%. Make sure that performance that you undertake, as if it is your last. 54