QUOTE(jod @ Mar 9 2007, 10:30 AM)
Firstly JoAnne, relax. Take a deap breathand tell yourself you can sing unaccompanied. Chose your song carefully so it shows your voice off at its best. It is not too late to change.
What is your unaccompanied song? There are singers here with tons of experience who can help you get your mind around the difficult bits. What problems are you having singing unaccompanied, do you drift sharp or flat.
As a teacher I tend to sing along with my pupils at first so they get used to the tuning. Singing unaccompanied reveals any flaw with your breathing and placing so make sure you support the note. Its worthwhile humming your song too. Keep the resonance at spectacle level, then when you put the words in concentrate on allowing the song to ring out.
You may be nervous, but if necessary bluff confidence.
To get more practice find a folk club that has sing-along sessions. It is great practice and you often hear some more unusual repertoire that way.
Just to say that my exam went much better than I thoguht it would.
List A Ash Grove
List B Gruss in Englush
List C Try to Remember
Unaccompanied song was the Lincinshire Poacher which went fine, we slowed the empo down.
Only problem was the clapping part, was asked to redo this, very puzzled as it had been going well in the lessons, but both my teacher and I agreed it wasn't woth worrying over as everything else had gone well.
Had slight problem with the sight reading, examiner didn't know that partially sighted got extra time, so I just explained that I have 3 minutes for this and needed to stand under good light.
So she learnt some thing new.
Am now restarting my piano, music theory and hopefully next singing grade.
Much prefer performing on stage to lots of people, not so nerve wrakcing!!. Now have my Silver Medal LAMDA exam in Verse & Prose to prepare for sometime this month.
Jo Anne Hat