From the shower to the stage

Since Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off, a cappella has become a lot more mainstream – now, everyone dreams of being a Barden Bella or a member of Pentatonix.

So how do you take your music out of the shower and onto the stage?

Prepare
Be prepared to face some challenges. Not everyone will work together well to start with, so when joining an a cappella group, take the time to get to know each other, both as singers and as individuals. You may not see eye-to-eye at first, but know that you can work through your differences.

Prepare your mind before you get on stage or join a group – a positive outlook and conviction about what you’re doing can go a long way when it comes to fully enjoying and making the most of any activity.

Convey emotion
While having a passion for music is key, a passion for what you’re singing and the style of music is also important. We often have strong emotions for certain music and songs, which is what makes some songs so memorable. Convey your emotions when you’re singing and to give the song a personality. If you can do this, the audience will be more engaged and your performance will be even better!

Build confidence
We all hate getting stage fright – even seasoned professionals can feel under-confident sometimes. When we get nervous, we tend to tense our muscles – and tension is the enemy of singing! Relaxing can help you overcome any nervousness you may feel. Deep breathing exercises, and visualising techniques are helpful – imagine you’re in a place you feel comfortable singing, whether it’s in the shower, your room or a studio.

If you’re finding it hard to get comfortable with your voice, singing lessons can teach you some great techniques to overcome this.

Believe in yourself
Believing in yourself can take some guts – but it’s the only way forward. Take advantage of any workshops or events happening in your local area and give it a shot!

If you’re in the Pacific region, The Pan Pacific Harmony Festival will be taking place in Auckland, New Zealand on the 13th and 14th June 2016. The festival offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn directly from Deke Sharon, the “father of contemporary a cappella.” Producer of The Sing Off, arranger, on-site musical director, and vocal producer of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, Deke has worked with everyone in a cappella from Pentatonix to Anna Kendrick, as well as founding several a cappella programmes.

Deke’s workshops and seminars are open to music-lovers of all ages and skill levels.

For more info, or to grab tickets, head to www.panpacificharmony.com.

There’s no time like the present – now’s your chance to discover a cappella singing!