Anxiety and Singing

My last blog was on Dealing with Anxiety, following that I did a series of live videos on Facebook for my group The Fearless Performer expanding on that topic.

I thought I would upload the videos here for you all to see. I cover each of the three tips covered in the blog, looking in detail at anxiety and singing, and how we can deal with it effectively.

The more you explore the concept of connecting with these three vital elements of performing, the more you will get from your performing, and the more you audience will get too. They are the fundamentals.

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Dealing with Anxiety

The other day I saw an article on essential tips for public speaking by someone whose posts I usually like and think very valuable. They listed about 15 different things to think about before performing, some of which I think are great – like enjoy what you are doing – others I question, but that’s not really my issue.

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Confidence vs Arrogance as a Performer

One of the things that comes up again and again for the singers I work with is the balance between confidence and arrogance. How can you be self-confident without veering into arrogance?

The answer for me is simple, once you understand that arrogance is a form of armour against vulnerability.

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3 Minute Ideas – 4. Name it to Tame it

This is a series of 3 minute videos to help performers be more comfortable, confident and effective in front of an audience. Sharing powerful ideas and strategies in a short space of time.

This video is on the idea of name it to tame it. An idea described by Dan Siegel, it looks as the best way to deal with emotions and manage them more effectively.

Especially for performers, this is a very useful technique for dealing with fear.

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3 Minute Ideas – 3. How World Class Professionals Practise

This is a series of 3 minute videos to help performers be more comfortable, confident and effective in front of an audience. Sharing powerful ideas and strategies in a short space of time.

This video is on how world class professionals practise. Based on the work of Andres Ericsson, I take a look at the different types of practice we can use, and which is the most effective.

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Getting in the right headspace for a performance…..

Getting in the right headspace for a performance can be one of the hardest things for a performer to do. This video looks at three simple things you can do to help you be the best you in a performance.

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How to Remember Words!

How to remember words is one of the most common practical problems that is mentioned to me in my workshops. So what gets in the way of us remembering, what is the best way to remember, and how can this help us in other ways? This video looks at all three of these aspects.

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How to sing like Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann is one of the most famous and successful tenors of recent years. He has a versatile and beautiful voice and is one of the hottest properties of the opera world at the moment. But he was not without his struggles, and his struggles and how he came through them could be really interesting for other singers.
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