5 ways to make yourself more likely to practice voice
By Chris Glyde
Many students struggle to maintain a constant voice practice schedule. This is critical for voice students especially because learning to sing is not only about developing the coordination of the muscle, but also the strengthening of the muscles which are, in this situation, the support muscles. If you go too long without practicing you will find yourself quickly losing notes at the top of your voice. So how can you make it so that you’ll be more likely to practice?
- Try it for 5 minutes
Many days you won’t feel like practicing. Don’t worry, this happens to everyone. So what you need to do is put yourself in the mindset of just getting started for 5 minutes. If you still don’t feel like practicing then don’t. Most of the time you’ll find that you decide to sit down and practice.
2) Find ways to make it fun
Many times when people don’t want to practice, they’re not looking forward to some aspect of the practice. This is a great chance to figure out what you can do to make the practice fun. There are several things you can do with voice to make it more fun.
Maybe you’re singing the same scales over and over instead of singing the same scales over and over, go and get your favorite song, figure out the melody notes for the song and then create scales out of this. You can keep the words and use them as a way to apply your voice to music or you can just sing vowels. Singing your favorite songs will be a lot more fun than simply practicing scales.
3) Do a lighter workout routine than practice songs
You need to reward yourself. Once you’re done training or if you’ve been doing a lot of training consistently, do a light workout and then go find an awesome song. Pull up a backing track and just have some fun singing the song over the backing track. You can even find some karaoke tracks on YouTube and use those. That’s more than acceptable.
4) Set it up in your schedule
Often times when you don’t specifically plan out time to practice you’ll forget or just get lazy about doing it. Set time in your schedule for voice practice. That way, you’ll make sure it gets done.
5) Reward yourself for practicing
If you struggle to remain consistent while practicing, a great idea is to reward yourself after you’re done practicing. This way you start to connect practicing with pleasure instead of pain. There are many things you can do to experience this. You can decide that you’re going to buy yourself a big screen TV if you practice 100 days in a row. You can decide to go out to eat. You can decide to play a video game for 20 minutes. Whatever will give you some pleasure and allow you to continue a great streak in your practicing habits.
About the Author:
Chris Glyde always tries to get his vocal students to become more consistent at vocal training. If you’re looking for more commitment and accountability for your voice, check out Rochester Voice Lessons