Singing should not be strictly viewed as a gift that one is born with. The ability to sing well can also be acquired simply through practice. How to practice singing is a question that most people struggle to answer. This is where I come in. I’ll do all I can to equip you with the right skills to enable you practice singing and bring you a step closer to becoming a great artist.
Table of Contents
- Correct Mindset of Practicing Singing
- Where, When, How long to practice?
- Tips and Tricks
Correct Mindset of Practicing Singing
1) You Become What You Practice
Practice is not something that should be taken lightly by all who desire to be like their favorite singer or even better. Whether you become a good singer or a bad one solely depends on you. You can’t expect to be among the best when you practice wrongly. For long we’ve been told that practice makes perfect. However, a more meaningful statement in our context would be, perfect practice makes perfect. So my advice would be, take on your practice with the seriousness it deserves.
2) Don’t just sing major scales and arpeggios
Singing is a combination of different types of sounds meaning that you should not only consider major scales and arpeggios. Instead, you must also take into notice minor, diminished and augmented patterns in your singing practice routine. All aspects of practicing singing are equally important.
3) Good Time Management For vocal Practicing
My teacher always said that working smart is not the same as working hard. Better results are achieved in working smart than working hard. In line with this concept, you should set time to exercise each day without exerting pressure on yourself so that you are able to obtain the best results. When singing with freedom you will be able to learn more and hit your peak in a short time. Singing does not work well with exhaustion and strain. Also, remember to choose a comfortable place for your practice.
4) Practice In A Slow & Fast Pace
Practicing procedural and you are certainly not going to hit the highest point on day one. Singing practice can be compared to an athlete’s practice. The muscles of the larynx are just like any other muscles of the body and they need to be exercised consistently. You should consider taking up practical exercises that act in a smooth and coordinated fashion. However, as you are practicing this, you should consider moving slowly initially then working your way towards practicing in a fast motion. A good example is your hand. You can as well try raising you hand up while the palm is facing the sky and slowly close your fingers into a fist. You will realize that there is a stuttering and ratchet like feeling that adds an unsmooth quality to the motion. As you increase the pace of doing the same process, the process becomes smoother, much like how your larynx becomes with enough practice.
Where, When, How long to practice?
Where Should I Practice?
Most people have unrealistic ideas of where good practicing should take place. It doesn’t have to be some palatial building with expensive microphones and guitars. I would advise you to do it in a place that’s most comfortable for you. I highly recommend doing it at your home since that is where most people are comfortable. However, if that’s not your best option, you can choose other places. These can be in areas such as stairwells, bathrooms or even a basement. Some have also said that they prefer practicing in a car. Regardless of the place you choose to do your routine practice, ensure you find some time each week to practice while standing. Occasionally, you should consider choosing different locations to practice. Change of locations exposes you and this greatly improves your performances.
What’s The Best Time To Practice?
Try to make time for your daily vocal practicing routine. Practicing daily is effective and you can even place, a reminder that will guide you at a particular time each day so that you can adapt to the practice rhythm and never skip a session. However, caution should be taken in choosing the practice time. If you practice at a time when there are many distractions, you would eventually end up doing counter-productive work. Most people prefer practicing during the night, which is a good idea since disturbances are minimal.
Whether you prefer conducting your practice during the morning or even lunch hours. As long as that is the time you feel most free and would have the least distractions, then it’s the right time for you.
How Long Should I Practice?
The length of a practice session is not something that a vocal instructor would advise you to have as this depends on the period that you are most comfortable with. As a beginner, you will discover that you will have a lot of trouble with practicing over long periods. This should not discourage you. All muscles become fatigued when they are subjected to strain and the muscles in your larynx are not left out too.
As a beginner, you tend to absorb more in little time hence an average of 15-20 minutes should be taken during practice. With time, you may extend your practicing time to about 30-60 minutes.
Even if you want to allocate too much time to practice, keep in mind that quality is better than quantity. Overworking your vocals may make your voice to hurt during practice, and I would strongly advise you to take a break once you feel any form of strain or pain in your throat.
A break of a few hours will make your voice ready again for the next practicing session and once again remember to take breaks if your natural vocal instrument starts hurting. With experience, it gets a lot easier and less incidences of, pain will occur so do not give up
Tips and Tricks
The following are effective guides that will help you on how to practice singing:
- While taking online courses, it would be better to practice while taking advantage of their recorded exercises to eliminate the need for a music instrument.
- If you are a first-time learner of a particular song, I would recommend that you sing it with your favorite vowel than words as this helps you understand the melody and range of a song.
- In case you lack recording exercises or instruments, you could as well improvise by purchasing a keyboard app that you can use on your mobile devices such as the Grand Piano app that I personally use.
- Sing difficult melody lines from your favorite songs using a comfortable vowel as this creates fun in the process of practicing singing.