It's not how long you practise, but the quality of your practise that matters.
How good is your singing practise?
Here's what people usually do:
- They queue up their song on Spotify/Itunes/on their phone
- They sit down somewhere; in the car, on the bus, at home while side-watching TV.
- They sing with the other voice.
The Science confirms it guys. Doing 20 minutes of attentive practice is worth more than 1 hour of singing the same song on repeat.
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How do you do attentive, good quality practise..?
Here are some examples:
- Give practising your full attention. No distractions! No internet, Facebook, Twitter, Insta, Snapchat, TV, nothing!
- You need to practise without the artists voice being there. You will be surprised at how much harder it is to sing with the other voice not being there!
- Get yourself a backing track to practise with. There are a number of great places you can buy good quality backing tracks. Try Karaoke Version or for classical tracks Your Accompanist or Mp3 Accompanist.
- Search in Spotify or Itunes '[Song Title] instrumental' or '[Song Title] backing' or '[Song Title] karaoke' you might find a backing track on there you can use for free.
- One of my friends worked with his Cello teacher on one bar of music. For. Two. Hours. One bar of music, two hours!!!
One of my things I'm most particular about is mouth position and matching of vowel sounds.
I insist all the vowels in a phrase go into the ideal position to continue a resonant sound.
This isn't easy!
Sometimes, the hardest thing to do in Singing is to keep singing the same note ie. against other moving vocal lines and clashy chords.
You need to look at particular phrases in a song and practice them really slowly.
A good practise session could involve very little singing.
You can work on maintaining a good mouth position through difficult phrases.
This is a job in itself.
A good practise could involve no singing.
Read through the lyrics and use them to better understand the character in the song.
What emotions do they experience?
What is their goal?
Find a difficult passage in your song, and make that the only thing you practice for 20 minutes.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do to improve your Singing is the boring, housekeeping-type stuff.
You don't get immediate results, but please persevere!
What things have you observed in your practise which lets you know you are doing good quality practise?
It could be how you feel, what habits you adopt or how you approach the material.
Please let me know, I'd love to hear!