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Ep. 11「緊張に打ち克つには」【VLTTW翻訳】

今回はジャスティン・ストーニーによる「ヴォイス・レッスンズ・トゥー・ザ・ワールド」の翻訳シリーズ、エピソード11「緊張に打ち克つには」です。どうぞお楽しみください ;)
Ep. 11 "Combatting Nerves"- Voice Lessons To The World 
Hi everybody. My name is Justin Stoney and I'm the founder of New York Vocal Coaching here in New York City.
Welcome to Episode 11 of Voice Lessons to the World, the show we want to help you guys as singers by answering a question from all around the world.

今週の質問:人前で歌うのに緊張する… アドバイスはある?

I'll give you a chance to ask questions later, but for now our question for the week comes from Peter E., in Appleton Wisconsin.
And Peter says, "Dear Justin, I've got a pretty good voice, but I'm always so nervous to sing in public. Do you have any advice?"


Well Peter thank you so much for bringing that up cuz I know a lot of people are wondering about this. What can we do as singers to reduce our nerves and increase our confidence when we're on stage?
I'm going to give you some tips today. The first couple might sound a little obvious, but I think they go overlooked a lot, and so I think it'd be good to talk about these.

1. テクニック

The first of them, is technique. Your vocal technique. A lot of people neglect their technique, and then when they get out on stage they don't have something reliable.
If you're doing your vocal technique exercises pretty much every day - if you're working with a voice teacher that can help you to do that - or if you're working on your own - it doesn't matter - you need to have a routine to train your vocal muscles, so that they know what to do when you get out on stage.
If you sound pretty good most of the time and then you get in a nervous situation, you may not be able to rely on those muscles. But if you've been doing your technique, and you have something that you can count on, that right there is going to decrease the nerves big time, because your voice and those muscles are very reliable.

2. 準備

The second one also obvious but good to talk about: preparation.
Lot of people say, "oh yeah, it's, it's pretty good. I've got my performance down pretty well," and then they go out on stage and then they really don't.
You need to make sure that what song you're singing, you know the notes inside and out. There's no chance you're gonna miss a note. There's no chance you're gonna forget a word. You've got that thing down.
Make sure that you've prepared so well, that there's literally no chance that you could forget something. That also is gonna calm you down so you don't have to be thinking, "well what's coming next," when you're on stage.

3. 呼吸の仕方は?

The third one's a little less obvious. Breathing. Now, we all know to breathe. But, how do we breathe to calm ourselves down?
Everybody would think, "Well, if I need to breathe, I'm going to, take some deep breaths before I go out on stage," so we do - and we're sort of huffing and puffing backstage to try to make sure that we reduce our nerves.
But one of the great secrets about breathing, is that the exhalation is the body's relaxation function. So I need to do a long exhale.
That - will calm me down. Not this - those deep breaths that we think, "Oh well I gotta do that to reduce my nerves," those are actually going to increase our anxiety. You need to do a long, slow exhale if you're going to calm yourself down before you sing. 
Now the cool thing is singing itself is done on a long exhalation. So singing is done on the body's relaxation function.
So if you want to reduce your nerves, make sure that you do you're practicing what you're about to do, before you go out on stage, not what you're not about to do, which is this: (exhales hard).
ですから緊張を和らげたいのであれば、ステージに上がる前に、これからすること(歌うこと - 長い呼気)を練習するようにして、これからしないこと(強く吐くこと)はしないようにしましょう。

4. 演技

So, the next thing, is acting while you sing. Doesn't matter if you're a musical theatre singer, or an opera singer, pop, rock - every style of music - you need to be somewhat of an actor when you sing.
Every style needs to communicate a message, to communicate the lyric, and if you can focus on that you're going to be a lot less nervous.
If you focus on your sound, you're constantly judging, you're constantly trying to make it sound right, you're constantly hoping for your best possible sounds and your ear is too active.
When you perform you want to be communicating the message, you wanna be conveying perhaps an emotion depending on the situation.
But you want to focus on communicating the lyric, and not thinking about how you sound. So become an actor when you sing, if you want to reduce the nerves, and not be focused on your voice so much.

 5. 感動させようとしないこと

And then one more thing about changing your mindset. Don't go to impress. Nobody in the audience wants you to try to impress them.
When you go to see a show you don't sit in the audience thinking, "well boy I really hope somebody really impresses me," you're there to have a good time.
If you see a concert same thing, you don't say, "Well I want them to impress." You say, "Well I wanna see my favorite band, I wanna see my favorite singer. I wanna see them up there having a good time and I want to have a good time too."
There's rarely an instance where everybody's there to see whether you're going to impress them or not. Yet when we go out on stage usually we think, "Oh...everybody's wanting me to impress them." So we've got the whole wrong mindset.
We're trying to be good enough for our audience, when the audience themselves is not really thinking that way.
So if you can think, "My audience wants me to have a good time. I wanna show my audience a good time." Then, you've got the right mindset.
You're not going in there with a judgmental thinking. You're going in there with an entertainment mindset, which is going to be much more helpful, in reducing your nerves. 


So you wanna work out your technique. You wanna' have something solid that you can rely on. You wanna' make sure your music, your words, your melody, everything you're gonna do, has been totally prepared.
You wanna' make sure that before the performance you can get in touch with your long, slow exhale. Let it be long. Let it be easy. Don't huff and puff.
Then, you wanna make sure you communicate those lyrics, you wanna' make sure that you're an actor, and then don't impress anybody. Get the focus off of that.
And I betcha Peter, and everybody else, if you can follow those things, you're being way less nervous when you have to perform in public.


So I hope that's been helpful for you guys today as singers. If you've got questions that you wanna see as answer on the show, you can send an email to: questions@voicelessonstotheworld.com.
今回の内容がシンガーのみなさんに役立てば幸いです。このショーで答えてほしい質問があれば、 Questions@VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com にメールしてくださいね。
So we just encourage you guys not to lose the joy, don't lose the passion. Never let anybody tell you you can't sing, cause' you know that's not true.
And if you're nervous, just go ahead and push through those nerves any way because it's the only way. You gotta' just get out there and don't let those nerves stop you.
We encourage you to get with a great voice teacher in your area. If you're in New York City, you can check out: www.newyorkvocalcoaching.com.
あなたの地域の素晴らしいヴォイスティーチャーに就くようにしましょう。ニューヨークにいるのなら、www.newyorkvocalcoaching.com をチェックしてみてくださいね。 
And if you like these videos, you can visit: www.voicelessonstotheworld.com.
動画を気に入ってもらえたのなら、 www.voicelessonstotheworld.com もチェックしてみてください。
I'm Justin Stoney. We'll see you next time.








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