- Decide what you want to learn.
- Set a (realistic) long term goal and then divide your goal into measurable steps.
You can always check and change your goals as you progress.
- It's easy to get frustrated if you don't advance as fast as you would like, but the better you become, the more you also demand of yourself. Remember, that learning is a life-long journey.
Focus = minimize distractions
- Practice in a place where you don’t get disturbed and you don’t have to worry about disturbing others.
- Log out from Social Media, turn your mobile on silent, concentrate,
- It's like meditation, you have to clear your mind, ohhmmm....
Develop a routine
- Practice regularly, even if you can only do so for short periods e.g. 10 minutes a day. Regular short practice sessions are more valuable in the long run than a marathon session once a week.
- To improve, you also need to rest in between - a routine helps keep the interest up and see your results there.
Track your progress
- Record yourself,
- Start a practice diary/blog,
- Sing with Yousician :),
- Practice together with a friend.
Vary your exercises
Variety is really important - it helps keep you interested and motivated, and it's the most effective way to build your skills and keep things fresh.
- Revisit old songs you haven't sung in a while,
- Learn some fun new songs you've been wanting to try,
- Go sing some karaoke,
- Jam with your friends,
- Do some writing or improvising,
- ... and so on. Remember: mix it up, keep exploring, have fun!
Be mindful - Practice every moment
There's a lot of research on musicians and their brains, and in our experience this works.
- Playing an instrument - and voice is an instrument! - activates the brain like any other activity! It demands a lot of attention too, so don’t watch TV at the same time as you practice
- If you do it right, your mind will keep practicing on the bus, at sleep, everywhere.
- You can also practice when you are not actually singing! Pay mindful attention of your breathing, posture, and the way you speak - for instance, speaking with a nasal tone - as an 8 year old kid would - is a great way to practice singing with a nasal, Axl Rose style quality.
- Learning is a social activity, so share your knowledge and learn from others; it can also be easier to motivate yourself and keep trying to get better if you feel challenged, and who doesn’t like singing with friends?
- Try to play and sing with people who are a little better than you - that can help tremendously. You can cultivate good habits from watching more seasoned singers and seeing what they do.
Tone production and staying on pitch
- Stay loose and relaxed. You should try to minimise any tension in the head, face, neck, and stomach when singing.
- By forcing yourself to try to sing outside of your range, you may strain your voice or wear yourself out. If a song has high notes or low notes that you can’t hit, don’t be afraid to transpose the song up or down.
- Sing with as natural a voice as possible when starting out to focus on singing the correct pitch. Be relaxed and don’t push too hard.
Posture & Breathing
- Try to begin every singing session with a warm-up to get your muscles and body parts ready for vocal production.
- Stay loose, stay limber! Singing is fun, don’t be tense!
- You can find warm-up videos and hints with instructor Darren in the warm-ups collection located in Learn --> Workouts.