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.”
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.
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