What Nerves Are, How To Overcome Them And Be A Confident Singer

For a singer, there is a distinct difference between nerves, performance anxiety and stage fright.

It is important to know what stage you are at in your journey to overcoming nerves and becoming a confident singer.

What ever stage you’re at whether you suffer from nerves when you sing, experience performance anxiety or stage fright, it is possible to overcome it quickly and easily with the right expert guidance.

As a coach and therapist for singers who experience nerves when they sing, I’ve helped thousands of clients eliminate them so they can put in their best performance when and where it matters; on stage, in auditions, open mics, in the studio or even at karaoke!

But it is important to define exactly what nerves are and what they are not. There are 3 levels in my model. Level 1 is nerves. Level 2 is performance anxiety. Level 3 is stage fright. Each feeds and turns into the next if not treated successfully.

Nerves And How They Affect You When You Sing

First of all let’s be clear what nerves are not.

Nerves are not butterflies in your tummy, a slight increase in heart rate, a slight increase in your rate of breathing, pacing around or fidgeting. These symptoms are often classified as nerves, but they are not. These are simply normal physiological and psychological reactions to doing something exciting and out of your comfort zone. They are positive reactions that help you.

For example, the increase in your breath helps get more oxygen to your muscles and brain so you can think clearly and move sharply. The increase in your heart rate simply pumps that oxygen around the body faster. The pacing and fidgeting is a way for your body to energise itself.

Nerves are categorised when those physical symptoms move over into something more uncontrollable.

Here is a list of some of the common symptoms of nerves when you sing:

  • Tension in jaw, throat, stomach and tongue

  • Fear of forgetting lyrics

  • Fear of people not liking you or your performance

  • Shaky voice and a lack on control

  • Difficulty breathing and running out of breath

  • Neck, shoulder and stomach tightness

  • Dry mouth

These symptoms happen when you have tipped over into physical and psychological reactions that causes stress, discomfort and difficulty both before and during your performance.

Remember, there is a threshold before which what you are experiencing turns into real nerves. It is important to distinguish. If you experience butterflies in your tummy, heightened emotions, fidgeting, pacing or increased heart rate and breathing without any of the symptoms listed above, then it probably is not nerves but excitement and anticipation.

If you are unsure as to what you are experiencing then why not contact me and we can talk further and get to the bottom of it.