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The Joy of Singing - Relaxation and Focus

Performing to audiences can both exhilarating and terrifying-even to professionals! Every musician gets the jitters before they perform, but the challenge to each and every artist is to keep focused and relaxed.

The brain is the most important part of the singer’s instrument! Keeping proper mental focus while singing can help you from "giving in" to too much performance anxiety. Your voice cannot operate efficiently if you are feeling overly nervous. Here are two exercises to help you focus properly.

  1. As you slowly breathe, visualize the words "in" and "out" as you inhale and exhale. Try to stay focused on just those two words-or any other words. The important thing is to focus on the words and not become distracted.

  2. Inhale slowly, counting to four. Gently hold your breath for four counts. Exhale slowly, again counting to four. Repeat this exercise as many times as you wish to help you feel more focused and relaxed.

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