Vocal Technique - Coaches

March 30th, 2011 | by VoiceCouncil

Stage Confidence


Keep your focus…even when you’re nervous or insecure -says Toke Wulf Møller

Every time you walk onto the stage to perform – no matter if it’s just in front of a few friends or in front of a huge audience – you have to show confidence in what you are doing.

The audience will always reflect on your emotions; the more you seem to know what you are doing, the more they will relax during your performance.

That doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to be nervous or to make mistakes.

You may sing notes out of tune or miss a few words, but don’t let the audience see you focus on this.

Not that they won’t notice it, but if you move on with a smile and confidence, it will be forgotten within seconds (and most of them might even not know that you made a mistake).

On the other hand, if you begin to excuse yourself, the audience may feel sorry for you, but they will also pity you …

…and they probably won’t relax and enjoy the rest of the show.

So, be well prepared every time you enter the stage; know your stuff, but don’t lose track if you sing a false note.

-Toke Wulf Møller of Basix

My Reactions To This Week’s Peer Review Vids

Daniel A. Thompson – Just The Way You Look Tonight (Cover)

Great song – touching and well performed. I love your piano playing, which is perfectly balanced with your voice. Great 90’s-ish interpretation of the song. Watch your tendency to slide up to the high notes – I don’t think you need to do that. For example at 0.40 “…thinking ooof you…”. In my opinion this is effective once or twice, but otherwise hit your notes straight on. You’ll also enhance your already good work by not forgetting the small words between all of the ‘important’ ones. Remember that every word has a meaning in the song.

Brian Stevenson – Time After Time (Cover)

It takes a lot of courage to rethink this song the way you have done – I respect that, even though it’s a little too much synth-pop for my taste. You have a great strong voice and I really like the sound of it. You obviously use many effects, which is great, but be careful that the effects don’t take over the song. I tend to forget the lyrics and listen to the effects instead, which I think is a pity given your talent. It’s really a great song with fantastic lyrics. Keep this in mind: I want my focus to stay on your voice, telling this story – through the effects.

-Toke Wulf Møller of Basix

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  • Cs20 Jewelora

    I tend to forget the lyrics and listen to the effects instead, which I
    think is a pity given your talent. It’s really a great song with
    fantastic lyrics.

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