- Practice doing it... until it no longer feels weird. Start by just practicing your instrument til the muscle memory is down pat. Then put your voice with it... slower than usual. Then speed it up to the right tempo and make sure it feels so natural you can put it on automatic, and focus on your audience.
- Don't play the trouble spot. Especially for guitar players... in performance, let your band carry the section and just rest your arms on your guitar. If you pay attention, you will be amazed at how many major entertainers do this, and make it look quite natural.
- Don't play that song at all... just sing. Let your band do without your instrument, go to the footlights and have some fun with the audience! You don't need to be able to dance... just connect and communicate. Do this effectively and authentically and they'll probably never miss your instrument!
Judy Rodman - All Things Vocal Blog
Training & insights for stage and studio singers, speakers, vocal coaches and producers from professional vocal coach and author of "Power, Path & Performance" vocal training method.