How To Practice Singing: Basics

Singing Basics

Becoming a singer requires practice, hours and hours of practice in everything from ear training to breathing to yes, singing. There are some basic tips that can help a singer get started and establish a routine as well as remember and learn from each practice session.

Where you practice your singing matters, and most people ask where to practice before they ask how to practice. However if you have an area where you can be alone, that traffic is low or non-existent and that is quiet, it can work as a practice space. You may want to ensure you have room in your practice area to move while practicing performance techniques and stage presence and to do breathing exercises in various positions.

Therefore, although you do not need a ballroom to practice your singing in, you probably need an area larger than a broom closet. People practice in the shower, on the way to work, even in the garden all the time however you do need to be sure you can be alone and can stand up properly and possibly move around at least some of the time.

Scheduling Singing Practices

A schedule can help in singing practice as much as the area and the exercises. In a busy life, it is all too easy to put off necessary practice unless a specific time is devoted to it each day. Some people cannot function in the morning or not well, and for those an evening schedule might be best. Other singers find that early morning practice sessions are great for them. Whatever works for the individual singer and their schedule is perfect.

The household routine may also influence when singing practice is scheduled. If you are practicing at home where everyone is up early and gone early then morning could be perfect. However, where the house is busy all through the day then late evening practice may be necessary. Even during lunch hour or after work a practice session might be just right. Remember to turn off the cell phone or send it to voicemail and turn off any unnecessary noises such as the TV during your practice time.

You may have some specific tools that you use during singing practice and it is important to set them aside and have them ready when your scheduled time arrives. Wasting time hunting for the notebook, music or the recorder may consume much of your scheduled practice time.

Duration of Practice Sessions

When you first set your practice schedule, you may set an hour but find you are unable to practice an hour. This is because like any athlete at first you are building stamina and technique. Do not go beyond what is comfortable and although at first that may be only 15 minutes a day, eventually you can work up to an hour or so of singing practice. Remember to allow time for your voice warm ups as well as breathing exercises. Those are just as necessary as the actual voice practice. If you have a flexible schedule you might practice until you tire at first (this can sometimes be as little as 10 minutes in the beginning), rest and then return and practice a little more.

Singing does not hurt; if it hurts then you must stop what you are doing. Examine the cause, stop and take a break, if you do not feel well put off the practice. If you are trying to hit higher notes and it hurts, do not do it. If you push your voice to the point it hurts then recovering can take much longer than if you simply stop and examine what you are doing and take a break if necessary. If after a couple of hours of rest your voice feels normal the chances are, you simply needed a break but you are doing it right. When practicing you is trying to improve your sound and voice and this will not occur instantly but requires a concerted effort. Set realistic goals and make note of your progress each session.

Practice Tools

Besides bringing your best voice to practice, you also may want to bring a few tools to help you get the most from your singing practice session.

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