For this week’s blog post, we are trying something a little bit different. These posts are only two-minute reads, so rather than going into too much depth, we’ll get right to the point and give you some tips to get your voice developing like you want it to.
We’ll still be doing our longer in-depth posts but these posts allow us to answer more of your questions.
“How often should I practise singing?” is a question I answer all the time, and I give all singers the same answer; little and often! BUT you don’t need to be doing 30 minutes, 4 times a day.
To be honest, that is going to be too much for most singers, especially the beginners. Too long and you will tire your voice out and lose the benefit of the practice.
The best way to start off for beginners and intermediate singers would be 5 minutes, two or three times a day.
What should I do in five minutes?
This is what I would do in my five minute practise, and this will work for you too:
- Something to warm the voice up, like a lip trill(bubble), the straw exercise or a tongue trill
- Set a goal for the 5 minutes. For example; making sure all the notes you sing are in the bottom part of your voice, or making sure you go into your head voice
- Pick 1 or 2 exercises from your last lesson that are towards the goal you have set (your teacher will have explained) and then spend 5 minutes doing the exercise(s)
- Really pay attention to what you are doing; Ask questions such as; Have I got the purest vowel I can manage? Am i using the right dynamic for the exercise? Is my larynx staying rested? The idea is to ensure you have tackled the issue before moving on
- Then repeat, maybe choosing another goal for your next 5 minutes, if appropriate to your particular voice needs at the time.
Make sure you record your practice sessions to monitor yourself, it will let you hear what you are doing and flag up any issues. It’s a good idea to keep them as a reference so you can look back and chart your progress you make with your voice.
Try this for a week and listen for the difference in your voice.