Practice Techniques for Western Singers – The New Indian Express

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BENGALURU: If you are starting your journey with western vocal singing, there are a few things you need to know. From what to do before you start, to do’s and don’ts, here’s what you need to be prepared for. To start, before singing, it is essential that you first warm up your voice. If you start singing at full volume straight away without warming up, you can cause damage to your voice that will impact your long-term performance. Here are a few other do’s and don’ts if you’re looking to start your western vocal journey:

To do:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Train with a qualified teacher who can give you the right advice
  • Practice regularly
  • Keep your voice at “speech level” volume while singing

Not

  • Overdrive your voice on performance day
  • Try singing if you have a cold or sore throat
  • Try changing your natural singing voice
  • Yell, speak too loudly or force your voice in general

As a singer, some of the most important things to consider are breath control and vocal technique. Here are some tips to help you:

Breath control: Here’s how you can avoid common breathing problems singers face, like shortness of breath during a song:

Make sure your shoulders don’t lift as you breathe. This is a sign of shallow breaths and will put too much air pressure on your vocal cords.

When you inhale, your stomach and diaphragm should expand. This is the correct and natural way to breathe.

Vocal Techniques: There are many ways to ensure that you use your voice as easily as possible. Try exercises like the Lip bubble vocal exercise, humming, nasal vocal exercise, vowel vocal technique, and more. You can also work on exercises separately to improve your pronunciation and clarity.

As with all other musical disciplines, practicing music takes consistency, effort, and a willingness to add more structure to your routine. Here are some general music practice tips you will benefit from:

  • Practice at the same time every day: This makes your day more structured while training your brain to start thinking more musically at a specific time of day.
  • Set Intentions You Can Follow: Break down your larger musical goals into smaller gains that you can revisit after three months, six months, and beyond. This will make your overview less overwhelming and help you track your progress more clearly.

Here is a fun and fulfilling journey with Western vocal music. All my wishes!

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