This past weekend was a big gig for a lot of singers: it was a reunion gig of Guitar Villians Live Band Karaoke, with 31 singers vying for $800 in cash prizes. Each singer got to sing only one song. Can you imagine the pressure? Understandably, a lot of them were nervous. Some came to me for advice to chill out and calm down.
There are a lot of quick-fix techniques in this mini e-book, which you might already have. But I’ve learned another couple of tricks recently.
First trick: exhale at least twice as slowly as you inhale, for a few breaths.
Just try it. It has an immediate calming feeling. Thanks to bassist Doug Johns for mentioning this tip at a bass clinic recently.
Second trick: place your hands on your head. OK, this one needs a bit more explanation. Last week, I was so amped up (and nervous) for some things going on this weekend, that my mind was in constant motion. When I would stop and try to be calm, or even try to sleep, it felt almost like lightning bolts constantly shooting out of my head. A friend of mine suggested trying to gently place both hands on the top of my head to tame the energy. I was surprised to feel that it actually worked. This is one of those that I think might work if you are sensitive to energy, or just give it some faith, but won’t work if the idea sounds like new-age bogus to you.
Third trick: get a massage. Maybe next time you have a big gig you know you’re going to be nervous about, schedule a massage with someone you know and trust earlier in the day. What better excuse to treat yourself to a massage?
(c) 2011 Adrienne Osborn