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Get your on-line audience coming back for more –says Simone Niles

It’s been a privilege to be your vocal coach these past two months!

Over the past 9 weeks I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your videos and offering feedback.

Before I depart and hand the reigns over to Daniel Borch, here are my top 5 tips for all singers with posting on YouTube.

Get your choice right. Choose a song that you really love or can relate to and spend time preparing it. You’ll be more soulful if you’re feeling soulful about your music.

Get your camera right. Make sure that your webcam or camera offers good enough to quality to get your message across. It can be frustrating for a listener to strain to see & hear great potential behind poor quality recordings.

Be ready before you press record. I know that this may sound obvious, but how many videos have you seen where you can see the singer getting themselves prepared before they actually sing? This can be done off camera. It takes practice and timing to get it right, but is worth it in the end.

Watch your face. When singing, use facial expressions that add dynamics and sing with confidence. Remember that your camera is the ‘eye’ of the audience into your world; you want others to enjoy this experience and come back for more. Practice in front of a mirror so you can see what your audience will see.

Have fun and evaluate! Remember to look at your videos after they’ve been released and ask the all-important questions about what is working for you and what you can do better. Also – don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for stepping out and sharing your voice.

Keep singing, keep recording and keep sharing – you never know who might be watching…

-Simone Niles

Simone Niles is a leading vocal and performance coach and an author on the specialty of performance enhancement. She has a busy private teaching practice in London and also teaches at The Institute of Contemporary Music, where she is MD of the college’s vocal ensemble. Simone’s book “Coaching for Performance Excellence”, will be launched on May 30th, 2012 – it is for all performers who are seeking to enhance their performances. It is available now through pre-ordering from her website.
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This article has been especially adapted for VoiceCouncil Magazine from Simone’s book, “Coaching For Performance Excellence”. www.coachingartistry.com