Practice Makes Excellence
I choose not to use the phrase “Practice Makes Perfect.” Perfection is impossible – we know this. However, excellence is most definitely achievable and everyone has their own level of excellence. As long as you are trying your best at all times, you’re achieving excellence. Here are my suggestions for your Vocal Practice.
Establishing good practice habits is one of the most important phases of vocal study. Singing is an activity that requires constant study and practice if you hope to get better. Muscle memory is an amazing thing. The more you work your instrument in the right way, the more consistently better you will become – and faster! There is no easy road to artistic singing except through the path of hard work. I cannot do the work for you. I can only advise and guide your study, practice and singing. Ultimately, the job is yours.
Set your short term goal or objective for the practice session. Are you trying to gain a better understanding of breathing for singing? Work on breath. Are you learning a new song/aria? Learn it. Are you working on range extension? Focus on extending your range (after you’ve warmed up sufficiently, of course!). Are you learning how to warm up your voice? Just warm up! And so on…
Make sure you take breaks. Drink water during your practice session. Stop and stretch. Take a short walk and come back.
NEVER practice while too exhausted or too hungry. Conversely, never practice or have your lesson just after you eat a large meal. If you must eat just before singing, eat a small, healthy snack.
Stay positive during your practice session. You must do all you can to keep an open mind while you’re learning about your instrument. If you feel you are becoming too tense or anxious, stop for that day or take a long break or nap. Some days are better than others… This is why it is called practicing.
Do not practice if you are rushed.
Record your voice lessons with me.
Practice while standing.
Final two VERY IMPORTANT suggestions: Always try to practice in front of a full length mirror or a hand held mirror at the very least. And please practice with your recorded voice lessons.