|Published: October 26, 2021|
Limit Your Practice Time
Singers must limit their practice times so as to work within the capabilities of their own voice on any given day.
Yes. You read that correctly. Limit your practice time. This is because the human voice, although one of the world’s most versatile instruments, is entirely INSIDE your body and must be taken care of differently than any other instrument. This is especially true for inexperienced singers who might not be aware of tension-causing habits that are affecting their voices. After all, it’s extremely difficult to know if you are straining or placing too much friction on your vocal folds. Why? Because you can’t feel them!
Here’s what you can do to make sure you are practicing in a way that is healthy for your voice:
- Pace yourself and allow your voice to build stamina slowly.
- If your voice is at all breathy or hoarse the day after singing, you must rest and evaluate before practicing or performing again.
- Make sure you are drinking a good amount of water throughout the day.
- If you have ever lost your voice or been hoarse just from singing, consider taking lessons with a vocal coach who can help you learn how to sing powerfully without strain.
So, more is not always better. Harder is not always better. Pushing yourself to the limit does not always pay off. Respect the signals your body gives you and work with the voice you have today – your future singing self will thank you!
VP Curriculum, Singdaptive
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