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The Art of Meaningful Practice: Strategies for Singing Success

As a singing teacher, I know that practising between singing  lessons can be HARD! 


You could be asking yourself, What do I practise? How often? How do I keep myself motivated? How long will it be until I see results??







Let's explore a few techniques that can help you make the most out of your practice sessions and achieve singing success!


1. Start with Manageable Goals


It's essential to set achievable goals that keep you motivated and allow you to track your progress. Begin by dedicating 10-15 minutes of practice, three to four times a week. As you advance and gain confidence, you can gradually increase the duration of your practice sessions. Taking small, consistent steps will lead to significant improvements in the long run.


2. Make It Official


Treat each completed session as a proud accomplishment. By making your practice time official, you reinforce the importance of consistency and stay committed to your musical growth. Remember, every practice session counts!


3. Find Your Perfect Time


Discover the time that seamlessly fits into your daily routine. Whether it's after an invigorating morning yoga session or during your well-deserved coffee break, integrate a slot that works best for you. By stacking your practice time with an existing activity, you create a natural flow and ensure that practising becomes an integral part of your daily life.


4. Reframe Your Practice Mindset


Instead of mindlessly singing from start to finish, adopt targeted and purposeful practice techniques. Break down your songs into smaller sections and focus on specific exercises from your lessons. This approach allows you to refine your vocal technique before delving into the lyrics.


5. Embrace Repetitive Practice


Repetition is the key to effective learning and improvement. When you find a phrase that feels smoother and more comfortable, resist the urge to move on immediately. Embrace the power of repetitive practice, as it allows you to develop muscle memory and refine your vocal skills


6. Cultivate Patience and Progress


Remember that progress in singing, like any other art form, takes time. Be patient with yourself and celebrate even the smallest victories along the way. Embrace the learning process and treat every practice session as an opportunity to grow and evolve as a singer. 


7. Seek Guidance and Feedback


Consider seeking guidance from a skilled singing teacher. A voice professional will provide tailor-made exercises to address your specific vocal challenges. 


REMEMBER:


  • Be clear about your singing  goals. 


  • Give yourself a realistic time frame to achieve them. For example, reassess how far you are from your goal  in three months time.


  •  Frequent and small bursts of practice will help you progress faster.


  •  Every practice session is a step closer to achieving your singing goals. So, approach your practice with dedication, curiosity.


  • Give it time and be patient!








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