Whether it's in musical theatre or on the American Idol stage, singing auditions can get pretty competitive. Here you will find a full guide to vocal how to's so you get the best possible singing audition. The question is how exactly do I prepare for a voice audition? Maybe you have a high school singing addition. These effective tips below are going to help you succeed. So pay attention and take some audition advice. Probably the number one tip is confidence. Make sure that you believe in yourself. I mean truly believe in yourself. Make sure without a doubt that you know that you already have that role both in your heart and mind. Yes, you already are inside of the voice zone. Once you have this mindset, you're ready to go inside of that audition and you'll get the role. So confidence is number one. Secondly, analyze the song that you will be singing. What does the song mean to you? What do the lyrics mean to you? Digest the song on your level. One thing is just to know you are standing there like a doorknob and singing without meaning. Analyzing the lyrics of the song and basically creating a meaning that can relate to your life can help you succeed. For example, the song ” climb every mountain from The Sound of Music” it's a song about empowering about beating your fears about climbing every mountain right? So make it personal. How can you relate to that in your life and what struggles are you going through? How can you overcome them to make it personal and really bring that amazing feeling and soul that the song needs. That's how you're going to get ready. The third tip is dynamics. Try to start very soft at the beginning of the song. Then build it up so you can basically create momentum in the audition like many singers do in American Idol. Practice with this audition audio here.
This is very important because in every elevation I've seen the singers that actually get the audition are the ones who can create that momentum. Wear the same outfit and put yourself into a state of mind that you can do this. Here are several tips for successful vocal audition performance. Pay attention to tempo changes while you make eye contact. You can start low and then you just build it off toward the last chorus. It works so apply it especially with one of your favorite songs. Train and do vocal warm-ups before your audition.
Vocal coaching and private lessons work wonders. I always tell singers please do warm-ups at least two months before or two weeks before. Tackle singing on stage with some sheet music. Two months if you really are engaged into this and if you don't have a lot of time two weeks or one week is enough. You must prepare yourself properly. The more you want this audition the more you have to prepare. Another tip is go into that audition like a ninja and just basically destroy everybody in that room you have the confidence that I explained in point number one. Give your all give everything you got. Most of the time the additions are a minute and a half on average so in that minute and a half just give your all. I assure you that you're going to get that role.
Singing Audition Tips
Here are some more tips for successful singing without the anxiety. Let me set the scene. Your palms are sweaty you have some stage fright. Your heart is racing. And you can't remember the first line to your song. And then you hear that dreaded call, “Next!” You see, you've been patiently waiting for the last 30 minutes. And now that your turn has arrived, you're not quite sure you're ready. Auditions are the ever-present reality for many in the performing arts. But unlike many dance auditions singing is focused on your singing. Basically, if you want to sing for a living, then you're going to have to attend your fair share of auditions. Whether you're rocking up to a cattle call audition for a TV talent show, an audition for the local music theater company, or simply trying out for the lead vocals of a newly formed local band, then auditions are an opportunity to show off your vocal chops. Of course, auditions can be an incredibly daunting experience. But if you've prepared your vocal chords well and done some vocal warmups, there's every reason to walk into your next audition with a great sense of confidence. If you truly hate your voice sound of if you struggle with your vocal chords consider recording yourself singing using our vocal test application.
Like most things, a successful audition starts weeks before you step onto stage before the audition panel. It's all in the preparation. You must prepare your audition material ahead of time. Selecting the right songs is crucial. Perhaps it goes without saying, but most successful auditions are prepared on a secure foundation of solid technique and regular vocal practice. If you're not already practicing your singing at least four to five times per week, now's the time to start. When preparing for your next audition, you'll need to dedicate a good portion of your vocal practice to learning three audition pieces. Yes, three. Sure, most audition notices will only request one song, but the name of the game is be prepared. Always have an extra two contrasting pieces at the ready. You can even pick your favorite songs. Pick your audition songs carefully. For example, if you're a tenor, and you're auditioning, say, for music theater show Rent, then you would want– you would need to prepare one piece from a similar show, let's say “Pity the Child” from the rock musical Chess. Reading music is crucial as well. Your singing voice has to be the best so sign up for any vocal exercises you can to help your singing voice. If you have problems or lack confidence in low notes read my tips for singing with a deep voice article.
This will be your primary audition piece. As well as “Pity the Child,” you should also be prepared to add a contrasting piece, so let's say “Dancing through Life,” from Wicked. Finally, your third piece would be a song from Rent, either “One Song Glory,” or “What You Own.” The second two pieces are simply there so that if the audition panel asks to hear another piece, you're ready. The preparation of your audition songs should include background knowledge of the pieces. Your head voice must be in line here for these songs.
For example, when preparing “One Song Glory” from Rent, you should know who sings the song and why they're singing the tune and where the piece sits in the bigger picture of the whole musical. Do your homework. And while you're in research mode, jump online and gather as much information on the group you're auditioning for. If you're auditioning to be a lead vocalist of a corporate band, then find out a bit more about the band, including their history, play list, and the agents that they work for. This information may prove beneficial in the general chitchat that can occur either side of the singing. Your final piece of preparation is to perform the pieces in front of an audience. At the very least, this should be in front of family and friends just in your lounge room. Improve your chances of any singing auditions with online lessons. See out banner on this site for musical theatre singing lessons.
Number one rule, never sing a song in audition that you have never performed in front of an audience before. The feedback you get from live performance, stated or otherwise, is invaluable when preparing for your audition. OK. You've prepared well. You know your songs inside out, back to front, upside-down. Now it's audition day. Let's run through a checklist of must-do's on the day of an audition. Recording yourself singing like you are in an upcoming audition can help also.
Firstly, make sure you've had enough sleep the night before your audition. You've worked way too hard in the lead-up to this audition to blow it on a late night with friends. So grab your seven to eight hours of sleep, and ensure that you're up at least three to four hours before the scheduled audition time. It helps to prep the voice. You're possibly feeling a little nervy, but this is no excuse to skip breakfast. You're going to need all the energy you can gather for the audition, so eat a hearty breakfast of low-GI foods. You want slow-burning energy to sustain you through the whole day. Meusli, porridge, or eggs will do the trick.
Once you've had a breakfast, grab a hot shower and start warming up your voice. If you'd like to learn more about vocal warm-ups, you can follow the link below and watch my quick tip video on vocal warm-ups. Before leaving for the audition– incidentally, you want to arrive at any audition 20 to 30 minutes early– run through your songs once each. Yes, only once. If you don't know the pieces by now, then it's too late, and singing your songs multiple times while wearing your voice out in the process ain't going to help. With your final run-through done, grab your audition kit bag as you walk out the door. Audition kit bag? What's that? Well, quite simply, it includes the following things. Your sheet music for the accompanist, originals, please, not photocopies. The backing track CD, original discs only, not burnt discs. Your bio, including your promo photos. Always sing in front and don't undermine your singing abilities.
A drink bottle filled with luke temperature water. An energy bar or a banana, And finally, the address of where you going. You don't want to get lost on the way. Once you arrive at the place of the audition, I recommend checking in with the point of reception just to let them know that you've arrived. Then find yourself a quiet spot away from any other auditionees and discreetly start humming your songs, preferably with your eyes closed, imagining yourself in front of the audition panel successfully performing your pieces. When you hear the call that your turn has arrived, calmly collect your audition kit bag and walk into the audition space confident that you've prepared well. Your body language must be confident here. The audition panel is probably going to greet you by asking you your name and what you'll be singing. This is your opportunity to let your personality shine and simply be yourself. When it comes time to sing, don't sing directly at the panelists. This will probably make everyone feel a little awkward, and that's the last thing you want them to feel. You can look at the panelists, but for the most part, you should perform to the entire room, even if the room is empty.
And here's another really important point to remember. If the panel stops you mid-song, don't panic. Remember, they've got to hear heaps of other voices today, so their time is limited. And sometimes all they need to hear is a verse, chorus, or 64 bars. And there's another super-important point, one that I forgot to mention earlier. When preparing your songs, identify the best verse, chorus or 64 bars of the song that will show off your voice and its abilities. Once the panel feels that they've heard what they need to, they often dismiss you with a smile and a, “We'll be in touch.” This is your chance to politely thank them for the opportunity to audition and state that you hope you get the opportunity to work with them in the near future. This is where professional vocal coaching is most helpful.
Job done. If you walk offstage satisfied that you performed to the best of your abilities in the moment, then you've just had a successful audition. Congratulations. That's right. A successful addition is not judged on whether you get the gig or not. There are so many factors that contribute to the decision-making process of who lands a gig and who doesn't. And many times, it's not based on the quality or talent of the voice. So all you can control is your preparation, your professional manner, and your performance. A successful singing career is littered with hundreds of auditions, and most of your auditions will not land a gig. But that's showbiz, baby. Keep putting yourself out there. Your next audition might just land the big one.
Always keep the air flow and breathing going. Now this sounds pretty elementary but it's totally true. Usually when the voice and vocal cords begins to shake it's because the column of air is inconsistent. There is usually anxiety or fear involved but we'll get more into that in just a second. To combat this keep your air flow going. A good way to do that is just simply exhale. Consider private lessons or singing the songs you are comfortable with. The cool thing about the vocal cords is once they're connected your sound should be steady like a laser. But if it's not, that's a good heads up that your air flow is not flowing consistently. So let's do this quick little exercise. On this simply note here like ahh because I like it let's just go ahead and connect those cords and simply exhale. If you notice that your voice kind of wobbles a little bit just focus the airflow and keep it going out in front of you. Always have a steady exhale when singing. It is pretty easy once you notice how the airflow keeps going because you just keep exhaling and rest will be all good. Practice that breath keep it going nice and steady nice and steady. You shouldn't have too many shakes or wobbles from that point of view. Another tip is say what you mean and mean what you say. This is true whether you're a public speaker or whether you're a singer. Oftentimes when we take the stage and we bring any fear onto that stage with us our mind tends to focus in the wrong direction . We're thinking about us, right? I hope they like me. I hope they don't think my voice is terrible. I hope they think I'm awesome because that would be great. We have all these thoughts but we're putting all the focus on us and there's not leaving any room for expression to happen because we're afraid of making a mistake. So we get kind of rigid. How does this pertain to say what we mean and mean what we say? Well that's a simple little focus there.
Get your focus off of yourself by getting into what it is you're talking about. Watch some videos of how a music director works on national tours. So if you're giving an audition think more in terms about believing what you're talking about . Sounds pretty simple doesn't it? So if you're singing an audition on potatoes how do you feel about potatoes? Do you love them and are you worried about potatoes? Do you want to raise awareness about potatoes? Get your focus back into what you're singing about and how you feel about it. Now you've got communication going on and keep your exhale going nice and consistent and say what you mean and mean what you say. Get the focus off of yourself and prepare to sing. All of these audition tips for singers is mostly going in a direction to get the focus into what we're singing about. A singing competition is actually very helpful on many ways as it gets you out of your comfort zone and once we've done that what we find is hard we start connecting with people on many new levels. You don't have to do it right away you can simply connect to a plant or to an exit sign if that helps you. The primary focus there is that you're extending energy from you all the way to who you're singing to. It's really important to get the focus off of yourself so again if I care about potatoes and I'm worried about potatoes then I'm going to get that intention all the way to that person to that house plant to that exit sign and I'm going to sing my mind about those potatoes. It's really important if you're feeling bold enough you can also look at somebody right in the eye and extend your thoughts and your intent and your energy all the way to them with confidence and body language so now you're creating a real time connection. So again voices shake primarily because we bring fear onto the stage but following these simple easy little quick tips it should help to straighten out your energy and get the focus off of you so that you're not worried and you can sing your mind with total confidence. I hope this audition advice helps you for your next vocal audition.If you singers are suffering from sore throats take some eucalyptus lozenges. Be sure to read more tips on the how to sing better page.