Hi, have you practiced singing today? Yes? That’s great! How many times did you sing your song? What? 20 times? That’s amazing! And have you done any other exercise? No?

Well, I am thrilled that you are so enthusiastic about singing and that you love your song but if singing is the only exercise you do you’re making a big mistake. I am going to tell you why singing a song over and over and over again is ineffective. So stay tuned.

Hi, my name is Katarina from How 2 Improve Singing and in this video I am going to tell you about daily vocal exercises that you should be adding to your regular practice sessions.

Your voice, your instrument is very unique. You cannot touch it, you cannot see it, sometimes you cannot even feel it. So this instrument requires a very specific technique than other instruments. If your practice routine contains only vocal exercises, for example singing warm-ups and cooldowns and arpeggios and scales and singing your song over and over again, you are making a big mistake. If you practice without presence, focus and awareness, you will not improve and you can even harm your voice.

You need to add some silent practice to your practice session. Yes, you heard me right: silent practice. And there are some very good singers, accomplished singers, who say that 90% of your practice should be silent.

Maybe you’ve heard about high performing athletes who use imagination and visualization during their practice. They imagine themselves winning, they imagine their race before they actually go and do the race, they imagine every aspect of their race.

And the same concept can be used in singing. Use your imagination to see yourself singing your song, or your arpeggios or your vocal exercises. Silent practice is a highly effective tool for accelerating your progress in singing and for developing musical ear. Here is why: music lives in your mind first. Musical imagination helps you understand music. Scientists say that musical imagination stands in the center of creativity.

I say if you can imagine it, you can sing it. Hear the melody in your head first, in your ears, first feel the flow of the song in your head, feel the rhythm of the song and imagine how you would sing it. Feel how you would sing every note, every word, every syllable, every pitch. Rehearse the music in your mind before you actually sing it out loud. And instead of shaping the sounds as you are singing first do the work in your head. Imagine the sounds before you actually sing them out loud.

So here is an exercise for you.

Pick a phrase from your song that you want to practice. Listen to the music or someone else singing this phrase but listen with focus with intention. For this practice choose good models that use good vocal technique.

Now close your eyes and imagine yourself singing. Imagine yourself singing the phrase with a good technique. Imagine yourself singing the phrase with no tension, free and open. Imagine yourself singing the phrase with ease and confidence. Imagine yourself singing the phrase note by note, word by word, syllable by syllable, sound by sound. Imagine singing it legato. Take your time. Practice until you can sing the phrase in your head a few times flawlessly.

Then sing the phrase out loud and don’t worry if it doesn’t work out. Return to silent practice and keep imagining yourself singing the phrase flawlessly. If it doesn’t come easy don’t worry. Silent practice may be difficult at firs. Yes, it sounds weird but silent practice initially takes a lot of your focus and hard work. Silent practice will help you grow as an artist and a musician.

Remember if you cannot imagine it, you cannot sing it.

And that’s all for today, Silent practice may seem like a waste of time but believe me it really accelerates your progress and develops your ear for music.

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Thank you again for watching and I will see you in the next video.

Bye now. Happy singing!

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