Stage Performance Tips for Musicians
Stage performance is the element that takes an act from being just a singer to a potential recording artist. Being able to perform on stage is a skill that all singers should master if they wish to be successful in the music industry. Here are a few pointers on how to perform well on stage!
- Move around on stage: Most audiences find an artist moving around on stage more engaging than those who stand static throughout. Coming to the front of the stage also helps to engage and connect with your audience. It doesn’t mean you have to use every inch of the stage, but you don’t want to be anchored to the floor, so make sure you move around.
- Body language: Your body language gives the audience an idea of how you’re feeling when you’re on stage and conveys the emotion of the song. Making eye contact with the audience helps them to connect with you, it shows you’re confident and again adds to the interpretation of the song. Standing tall and having good posture not only helps your performance, it makes you look professional. Body language is a main tool in expressing the emotion of the song so making sure your movement reflects this is key, it will take time to perfect but essential to start incorporating into your performance.
HOT TIP: Look at YouTube videos of artists you are influenced by and watch how they perform with their mannerisms and look at how they convey emotion in their performance. It may just be an act, but that’s what you inspire to be!
- Engage with the audience: Engaging with the audience is very important when performing on stage. It can be from simply smiling and giving eye contact to show you’re enjoying yourself or using facial expressions to reflect the emotions of the song. If you have a song where you can’t make use of the stage as easily, don’t forget hand gestures can help to enhance a performance.
- Make use of props and dancers: Make use of whatever you have to work with. You’ve got a stage so move around it. You’ve got a mic stand, use it during the softer bits and take the mic out when the song becomes more upbeat, don’t be restricted by your props. If you’ve got a really upbeat song, why not bring some dancers along, not only will it be a more enjoyable performance but also a more memorable one. Of course you are only as good as your worst dancer and ensure you get involved in the routine so plenty of practice is essential! You will also have to consider your fitness if doing large parts of the routine otherwise it will affect your breathing and vocal control in general.
- Make an impression from beginning to the end: Walk confidently on stage and maintain that confidence throughout your performance. It’s easy to tell which performers are nervous when they walk on stage and it often takes a while to fade. Even established acts get nervous but learn to act to hide the nerves, the more performance you do the easier this should get even if the nerves don’t go. Another way to make an impression when you enter the stage is with your image. Announce yourself when you come on, if you’ve not been announced. Thank for the audience at the end of your performance, and let them know you’re grateful they stayed to watch you.
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