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Out of the zone of comfort!

They say you should do something that scares you every day. I'm not sure we should do this every day and I'm not sure who "they" are but, I know, I certainly don't do this. However, perhaps I should take my own advice and start. This goes back to the fight or flight thing we were discussing in the last blog. Although our brain is often trying to help us by telling us to fly rather than fight we don't HAVE to listen to what it says all the time.

It's important to weigh up pros and cons from time to time, and I'm not suggesting we all go and try bungee jumping, but some of us could afford to take a chance or two. Singing, for many, is something way out of our comfort zone but is something many of us want or like to do. The problem for a lot of people is they don't want people to hear them sing. Now, I am all for singing being something you do for yourself but, and I know this from personal experience, the thrill you get from singing with or for other people is a thrill that can not be replicated.

In the previous blog we talked about singing for the terrified and how a terrified singer could put their fears to one side and start singing out for all to hear. I suggested a couple of singing lessons to start you off but singing lessons can be expensive and also, the thought of singing on your own might fill you with blind terror there are other things you can do.

Join a choir. There are many types of choir you could join. Ladies only, men only, ladies and men, pop choirs, rock choirs, musical theatre choirs, choirs that sing classical music, choirs that require you to read music, choirs that don't, choirs specifically for people who think they can't sing, choirs that sing in unison and choirs that sing in harmony, choirs for the older generation, choirs for NHS workers, choirs for teachers, choirs that meet in pubs, choirs that require you to audition and choirs that don't and many, many more. There is a choir out there for anyone who wants to join one. You just need to do a bit of research. Some choirs can be a little pricey but some are free so cost doesn't need to be hurdle.

For those who want to take things even further you could try your local am-dram group. There are many groups that put on straight plays with little or no singing involved but there are plenty that put on musicals and many that put on operas. Again, if you have aspirations to take to the stage there is a group for everyone out there.

There are so many other ways you can unleash your voice on the world. Karaoke, sing-a-long theatre/cinema shows, church, football matches and other sporting events so, until next time get out there, sing out loud and sing out proud.

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