When taking your first steps in the world of singing, questions often come up related to your singing practice at home.
You may feel that one lesson per week is not enough. Well, let me just say that this is both true and untrue at the same time. If you are fully present and committed one lesson per week will make a big difference. But of course, you can help the process with your work at home and sometimes it is crucial that you do this. For instance, when you are learning a new song, there are many things that you need to do on your own (otherwise a lot of valuable lesson time would be lost), such as learning the lyrics (and sadly I must say that many students skip this very important part), the melody, the structure and many more things.
Here is the thing. In the study of the voice as a musical instrument, it is very important to develop proprioception by observing the sensations inside you when you are singing. By doing this, you will be able to really “see” your instrument and play it in a safe way. But when we start the training, we still don’t have enough experience of feeling our voice from the inside, or enough technique, and therefore it is better if you practice your exercises with an experienced teacher who can guide and correct you. Otherwise, you could develop some bad habits that will be very damaging for your voice and much harder to correct later. So, in this case, yes, one lesson per week is enough. When you are more experienced you will be able to do more and more exercises on your own.
So, what can you practice at home then? There are lots of things you can do to prepare your instrument and make it ready to make the most of the lesson.
- Start observing your posture and find the perfect posture for you. Play around with this, and see how the voice changes when you change the position of your body.
- Practice your breathing for singing, make sure that you are activating the lower part of the lungs for this
- Study deeply the songs that are indicated for your lesson
- Write down all your doubts for the next lesson
- Practice body stretches
- Practice facial massages to relax the muscles that play a role in your singing.
- Observe, observe, observe!!
Let’s get started!
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