I’ve always found that everything falls in place for my performances once my basic strengths have been re-established.
Your audience doesn’t expect you to do all the technical work, though you may know how.
They do, however, expect that you are the sole proprietor of their musical tastes and emotions for the duration of your performance.
So, let’s review the basics.
Your commitment to the gig is evidenced by:
1. How well you know the song
2. How well you know the arrangement
3. How the song speaks for you and your audience.
These three aspects are your responsibility.
Some Basic Ideas
Even a cappella, you should have the arrangement in your head playing while you sing the song.
Knowing the bass line and concentrating on it as you sing is a good way to stay with the form and arrangement.
I often ask students to just sing the bass line to the song, or “chart”, they bring in.
The singing of the melody is just one aspect of the totality of the performance; the most important puzzle piece in vocal performance is your awareness of the overall presentation and what message you want to leave with your audience.
Remember: one never graduates from the need to practice these basics.