In this article I discuss four important things to
remember about your singing practice sessions:
- Start every singing practice with a warm-up.
- Shorter and often is better than longer and infrequent
- Concentration is key.
- Don’t overdo it.
For more information about practicing singing, refer to
my related article about where to practice singing,
when to practice singing
and how long to practice
1. How to practice singing:
Singing practices should always begin with a
warm-up. Your vocal muscles need warming up just like your
body does. For example, have you woken up in the morning and
found that your first word came out as a hoarse croak? Your
voice wasn’t warmed up! What happened was that during the
night, fluids collected in your throat tissues. Mucous built
up, and your vocal cords became dry. Because your vocal cords
need to be damp to move well, you found yourself unable to
speak normally in the morning.
Here's a singing practice tip for you: A great place to do
your vocal warm-ups is in the shower, because the steam opens
up your throat and windpipe and is soft on your vocal
Also remember to drink lots of water — and that doesn’t mean
juice, milk, coffee, or soda pop. Those liquids can’t compare
with water when it comes to keeping the vocal cords moist and
functioning at their best. The best singers keep hydrated and
may drink up to a gallon of water a day. Keep a water bottle
with you and sip regularly.
You can’t warm up just by singing a song. Good vocal
warm-ups take you through your chest voice to your head voice
without building pressure. Fortunately, there are many simple
warm-up exercises you can do.
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2. How to practice singing:
Short sessions often
How often and how much should you practice your singing?
When you begin your training, shorter singing practice sessions
several times a day are better than one big practice session
every few days. The shorter singing practices will enable you
to keep your focus and not tire the new vocal muscles you’re
beginning to stretch.
3. How to practice singing:
When you do each exercise, you need to focus on what the
exercise is supposed to accomplish. Feel the physical
sensations that each exercise causes. Note the change in sound
it produces. The more aware you become of your singing
apparatus, the more control you will have.
4. How to practice singing:
Finally, when you’re done practicing, your throat should not
feel tired or tense. If it does, chances are you haven’t been
using proper technique. The discomfort may be caused by using
your outer muscles too much, forcing sounds out rather than
letting them flow naturally, or singing your exercises too
loudly. (A moderate volume is best for practicing.)
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