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Answers to Your Singing Practice Questions

By Pamelia S. Phillips

Don’t worry if you aren’t sure what to do when you practice. Students frequently ask questions about practicing, so here are some answers before you start practicing. Knowing where to practice, when to practice, and what to use when you practice puts you on the right track for technique work.

Where should I practice?

The number-one question concerns location. Your practice space can be anywhere you can be alone and can concentrate. You simply need space to move around comfortably during the warm-up and when you set the scene for your song. Regardless of wherever else you do your practicing, devote some of your time to standing up and practicing several times a week.

What’s the best time to practice?

Anytime that works for you is best. Schedule a specific time and duration for practicing each day. If you allot time on your calendar to practice, you’re more likely to practice. Many singers practice more efficiently at night because of their body clocks.

You can also practice on your lunch hour or right before or after work. To maximize your concentration, turn off the TV, cellphone, and computer during your daily practice time.

Have your practice space set and ready each day. If you have to search the entire place to find all your practice tools, you’re wasting valuable singing time. Stay organized so you can enjoy your time being creative!

How long should I practice?

The length of the practice session depends on your level of expertise. Someone who is new to singing can benefit from practicing 15 to 20 minutes a day. Gradually increase your practice time to 30 to 60 minutes per day.

Your voice is like any other muscle group in your body: It becomes fatigued and needs rest. As long as your voice is back to normal after a few hours of rest, your practicing is on the right track. Improvement happens with frequent practice.