Why is practice so important and how do you make it more enjoyable? This is something I have questioned many times over the years and have come up with these tips for how to make it fun.
Let’s start with WHY practice is so important. In the short it enables you to work on technique and make you sound better, but there are so many other reasons!
- So as above It gives you the chance to play around with technique and sound, find what works best for you. This gives you the extra confidence to try new things and if you make mistakes you are then able to work on these and make it better before you use them in performance.
- Work on your performance skills without eyes of an audience watching your every move. Be silly, have a bit of fun and you will soon find where you are most comfortable and ultimately what you can add into your next time on stage.
- When you have been practicing it shows through the next time you have a lesson or perform. Your singing tutor will easily notice whether you have been practicing or not. For example, if there is a note that you were not able to hit last time and you have been practicing then you will most likely be able to hit that problem note or be very close to it. If you have not then it will sound exactly the same as last time.
- Restore your love for singing! Sometimes when you perform a lot of the time, some songs can become monotonous to sing and you sing them on autopilot, meaning you are not necessarily giving your best version of the song. Practice gives you the chance to learn new songs to add to your repertoire, visit songs you haven’t sung in a while and find your love for these again.
- After all practice makes perfect!
Not everyone likes to practice, including me! Give these tips a go to make it more enjoyable.
This is so important, make sure this space is free from anything that may distract you such as TV’s, mobile phones and even other people. Make it your own, for younger children this may be your bedroom with music related posters around or an adults space may be the office or even studio. Whatever you like to call it remember this is your space. Keep your singing accessories close (e.g books, lyrics, notes from your lessons if you have any) so you can access these anytime you need, they may be useful in your practice period.
When you are relaxed everything comes so much easier. As soon as you tense up there is more chance you may strain your voice. When you relax you will find it easier to explore your voice and sing with more ease. A relaxed vocal shows through, it helps you to be more rounded as you are comfortable with the notes.
Practice still means you need to warm up, you wouldn’t go to a singing lesson and jump straight into song would you? Same goes for practice, not doing a proper warm up could mean you strain your voice too much and don’t use proper technique. Once warmed up choose a song that is easy for you that you enjoy as your first song, this eases you into practice especially if it is a fun song.
Giving yourself a challenge is what practice is for right? Absolutely! Everyone loves a challenge, there isn’t a better feeling than when you master a challenging song or hit that high note you could never get to before. When something you once found difficult suddenly becomes easy for you it gives you a super boost in confidence.
Singing is fun and practice shouldn’t be a chore, enjoy it. Beginners to professionals need to do it. It’s what makes us better singers all round. Don’t focus on the mistakes, focus on your accomplishments after each practice, reflect on what you did to accomplish the challenging things.