One of the obvious keys to your singing success turns with your level of commitment and follow through.
You must be able to
bounce back after disappointment and press on through the plateaus when you feel like you’re not making progress quickly enough.
You need to be critical but not beat yourself up. Any feedback from others and self-criticism must be constructive and translated into something that can be applied while gauging perceptible positive results.
Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
You’ve heard the phrase “practice makes perfect,” right? Well, in fact, practice makes habits that may or may not be to your advantage. So, think of the phrase as being: perfect practice makes perfect. In other words, if you’re following the techniques for warming up that are presented in The Pro Singer’s Warm-Up, you’re on the right track.
Make sure you follow the exercises as instructed in Singing Success, Mastering Mix, or a Top 7 program, to ensure that what you are learning will make your perfect your perfect practice.
Tune + Pitch
There are a number of tools to keep on hand as part of your routine. To make sure you are pitch-perfect, it’s recommended that you use a keyboard or a well-tuned piano. Or, you can get a pitch pipe or similar tuning device.
A metronome is recommended as well for consistency with tempo and staying with the beat. It will make you aware of any shifts that may occur when you lose focus or are attempting more challenges passages in a song or exercise.
Record + Rewind + Review
A voice recorder is useful as well. You must record your practice sessions and review them for issues with pitch or rhythm, and to gauge your progress. Video recordings can be helpful as well. They can be studied for issues with physical mannerisms, stage presence, and image concerns as well.
Reflect Check – Please
A mirror is a must for practice sessions. You can check your posture and proper positioning as you work through coordinations and exercises. You’ll also become more aware of how you move when you sing.
The Write Notes
And you’ll also want to keep a notepad and a pen or pencil on hand for making notes in your practice session or on music charts. You also want to assess each session, citing progress, things to work on, and specific goals for your next session. Keep these handy for periodic review so that you get a sense of how far you’ve come. It will also serve to remind you of things you may need to rework.
Warm-Up With Goals
Remember that practice requires discipline with focus on knowing what you are trying to achieve with each session. The same goes for your warm-up. You know how your voice feels when it is properly warmed up. Do not compromise!
Every practice session must start with a warm-up. A good vocal warm-up will protect your voice from injury or strain.
If you’re a beginner, keep your initial practice sessions short and regular. It takes time for your muscles to build up strength. If you practice too long at a time, or try to push too hard, it could easily damage your voice.
One of the first things many singers want to do is increase their vocal range. This should only be done by strictly following the vocal techniques and exercises offered by Brett’s programs and not by attempting to extend your range by choosing songs that are out of your range. Stick to the exercises or you may be inviting injury to your voice.
Learning to sing is about finding your own unique voice. Don’t concern yourself with imitation or trying to sound like somebody else.
To develop a more discerning ear, and to broaden your awareness of singing styles, devote at least an hour a day, three days a week, to listen to different genres of music performed by a variety of singers.
Book a session in the studio, via skype, or over the phone with a Brett Manning certified associate. This will help to gauge and affirm your progress. Learn more here: www.BrettManningStudios.com.
Do The Right Thing
Proper vocal training makes you aware of how to use your vocal cords correctly. It reinforces proper breath control, muscle memory, and coordinations. It helps you develop and strengthen your head and chest voice, along with your mix. It can help with live performance skills, interpretive elements, tone, vibrato, and will help to grow your comfort and confidence levels.
Use the forums here at www.singingsuccess.tv/forums to check in with others on challenges they are facing with their practice routines. Connect with others to create an accountability board of review for sharing your progress in learning how to sing and in evaluating your level of commitment. Encourage others to engage in perfect practice.
By investing in Brett’s programs, and by committing to a disciplined approach to perfect practice, you are well on your way to realizing the full potential of your singing success.