A lot of performing songwriters share the fear of forgetting their lyrics when they’re playing in front of an audience. Even though you probably thought that’s an incurable problem, there are things you can do to help keep those lyrics flowing.

“What’s the Next Line?”

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A lot of times we start to think “okay, what’s the next line?” when we’re onstage. We don’t normally think that way when we’re at home practicing, but on stage we get so afraid of making a mistake and risking social rejection that our fear forces us to ask ourselves these questions. As if it’s going to help our performance be perfect.

Quite the opposite happens, though. Normally when we ask ourselves questions like “what’s the next line?” it makes us more nervous, 1. Because it’s reminding us that forgetting the lyrics is a possibility (we weren’t even thinking of that when we were practicing at home) and 2. It’s not what we normally do when teluguno1.com we’re practicing by ourselves. It’s a break in our routine. And the last place we want a break in our routine is when we’re up onstage.

Focus on the Appropriate Emotion

So how do we alleviate this from happening? The key is to focus your mind on the emotion of the song, and what the lead character is experiencing. Your mind can only really focus on one main thing at a time. When you focus your mind on your emotions and what your lead character is going through in your lyrics, there’s no room for the question “what’s my next line?” because you’re busy thinking about other (more important) things. Get involved in the story you’re presenting. Think of yourself as an actor.

Not only that, but when you get into thinking about your character’s emotions, the lyrics will be there, because you’re thinking in terms of a full story and not just a bunch of lines. You’re thinking in terms of a whole and not just a few small parts. You’re experiencing a story as it happens, as opposed to listing some lines in your head.

Another great side effect of thinking this way is your stage presence will be better. Why? Well, one of the most important jobs a singer has is to fuse emotion with his lyrics. The lyrics and the delivery of the words need to be working together.

I’m a big proponent of not using a lyric sheet when you’re onstage for this exact reason. Think about the last time you’ve been to an open mic and saw someone sitting up on his stool singing along to a lyric sheet that’s sitting on a music stand in front of him. If you know what I’m talking about, I can pretty much guarantee you’ve seen a singer whose lyrics are separate from the delivery of his words. It has to be, if he doesn’t even know which words are coming next, until he sees them on the page in front of him.

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