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What’s Your Gig Day Ritual?

What's Your Gig Day Ritual?
This month we asked our Facebook community about their pre-show rituals, superstitions and warm ups.

Some singers have a specific warm up they have to do before each performance, others refuse to be intimate 24 hours before a gig, others insist on wearing their lucky pants. What’s your superstitious pre-performance ritual?

Kevin Salyer explains how he unwittingly warms up:

“I’ve gotten into the habit of singing along to a favorite and range-appropriate album while getting ready for a day of gigs. About an hour after waking, I start the music and dive into a longish hot shower, slowly warming up with humming and quiet vocalizing before gradually moving to full voice. This continues through shaving, dressing, etc. Before I know it, I’ve enjoyed some great music and I’m ready for two or three (or sometimes four!) gigs.”

Brandon Harvey adheres to this list:

“Not talking to anyone, vocal exercises, prayer, hype myself up (encouraging words), TEA AND HONEY!!”

David De-Gare Pitt also shares his larynx-friendly routine:

“Steaming hot bath. Talk in cartoon voices for a little while to test vocal range. No warmup routine, just ensure set list is ordered in a way that allows for how the vocal naturally works.”

Specific beverages are important to some of you. Linda Ann needs iced coffee, Jeremy Gardner likes lemonade and Eileen Borchardt swears by cider vinegar.

Martha Angelica Mora needs to feel comfortable on stage:

“I can’t go out without my rings, I have to wear them or it’s like something’s missing”

Scott Welsby shuns warm ups and routines and prefers to live in the moment:

“Turn up, have a great night, go home….Sorted.”

Jon Schmitz injected some humour and reminded us of what we should perhaps avoid:

Lots of milk and cottage cheese. Then a half hour of practising dog barks and shouting. Then I jump right in with both feet and attempt the highest register song I have for the night.”

Chelsea Bella added:

“I scream my head off to whatever is on the radio on way to gig and a neat brandy when I get there.”

Whether you limber up throughout the day or require a specialist back stage rider, most singers like to feel mentally and physically prepared for an evening’s performance.

Rather than being riddled with superstitions, we are a practical and logical bunch who do what is best for our vocal folds and stage presence.

Join the conversation on our Facebook page.

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