Frequently ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are some frequently asked questions to help you with your singing practice:
1. How can I improve my singing?
Singing is a skill that takes time to develop. To get started, I recommend working with a Vocal Instructor. Practice daily vocal exercises to improve your technique and practice singing real songs. Technique is important, but the ultimate goal is to make singing songs easier. I can teach you many vocal technique exercises to help you prepare for singing the songs you love.
2. Why is warming up important?
Warming up is necessary because singing requires a wider vocal range and different vocal techniques compared to speaking. Warming up ensures that we are in "singing mode" and that we can access all parts of our range. Warming up is crucial for preparing your voice for a great performance.
3. How long should my warm-up be?
For beginners, a warm-up of 5 to 15 minutes is sufficient. As you gain experience, you will develop a sense of when your voice is warmed up and may need more time. Generally, a morning warm-up may take longer than an afternoon warm-up because your voice hasn't been used much.
4. How long should my practice session be?
Most beginners benefit from practicing for 20-30 minutes. Of course, you can practice for longer if you feel good and want to continue. However, shorter practice sessions done consistently are more effective than one long session. This is because your voice can become fatigued, and repeating new techniques is important to make them automatic over time.
5. How often should I practice?
Ideally, you should practice every day. However, it's also common for singers to take a rest day. If you can commit to practicing every other day, that's great too. The key is to be consistent with your practice.
6. What should I do after warming up?
In most practice sessions, I encourage you to sing through a song or work on a part of a song. You can also watch voice lesson videos, repeat exercises for skills you're developing, do ear training, or analyze new music. Just make sure to avoid only doing exercises and never singing actual songs.
7. How can I keep my voice healthy and what should I do if I'm sick?
Hydration is key to keeping your voice healthy. Drink water throughout the day, not just when you're singing. Warm up at the beginning of your practice and consider a "cooldown" if you feel fatigued or have done much singing. This can be as simple as ending with gentle humming or lip trills to help cool down and reset your voice.
If you're sick with a sore throat, rest your voice as much as possible. Avoid singing and talking as much as you can. Resting allows swollen vocal folds to heal faster. It's best to wait until you're feeling well before singing again.