Many students often tell me that they practise their singing whilst driving, either for lack of time, or for lack of time alone to do it.
There are benefits but also risks from this type of practice when you’re training your voice seriously, but if you do it properly it can help you.
Singing is an activity that requires you to be completely present. Why? Because the muscles we use for singing are not completely voluntary, at least not like a bicep or a hamstring — we are not as used to observing them or working on them. Our whole lives, we have been building habits more related to survival than singing, for example (among many other examples), using a high breathing instead of a low one.
In order to use our body properly for healthy singing, we must build the right habits and it does take a lot of awareness and practice, which requires being present and being disciplined.
When we practise in the car, we certainly cannot be 100% present because we must pay attention to many other things. If you practise without 100% awareness, you will still be building bad habits instead of good ones, more than likely.
But there are still things you can do in the car that will help you save time when you are studying singing, without affecting your technique very much.
What to practice while driving:
- Sing along with the songs you’re learning. Even if you’re not super present, it will help you remember the lyrics and the melody, which are the first steps to learning a song
- Practise singing a different melody while listening to your favorite songs! This is fun and helps you improve your listening skills
- Practice improvisation
- Take the opportunity to sing as loud as you want!
- Sing along to your favourite songs to benefit from the benefits of singing.
- Listen the songs carefully and decide which emotions are key in them —a very powerful tool for interpretation!
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