Hello happy singers!
I am Katarina, the founder of How 2 Improve Singing.
Do any of these thoughts sound familiar:
Am I really improving?
Is it possible to develop MY voice?
When will I hear a difference in my singing?
I just don’t seem to progress …
If you are a singer who often doubts your own growth, then stick around. In this video, I am going to explain what you can do to grow every day and see your own progress. So stay tuned.
In this video, I am going to show you how to make progress in 3 simple steps and recognize your progress every time you practice.
When I ask singers to identify a specific goal to work on, they present me with noble aspirations like these:
I want to sing with more power and no strain.
I want to know everything about singing.
I want to be a better vocalist.
I want to be in a West End musical.
Or, I want to have better breath control.
Nothing wrong with dreaming big. I am all for big visions, but there are a few problems with these goals.
What does it mean to sing with more power? And do you want to sing one note with more power or a whole song?
How can you learn “everything” about singing? Is it possible?
How do you measure “a better vocalist”?
In what time frame do you want to be a part of the West End scene – this year, 5 years from now or this life-time?
No wonder that singers questions their progress …
What is the solution? The following 3 steps.
Step 1. Set SMART goals.
When I say smart, I mean S.M.A.R.T. goals, which is an acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely goals. Let me explain.
Set specific goals. Vague or broad goals like “I want to learn everything” do not develop specific skills. Specific goals, such as “I will read one book about singing” or “I will use breath support to sing the first verse of my song”, give your effort a specific direction.
Set goals that you can measure. Ask yourself how long, how many or how much and incorporate these answers into your goals. Use words like 30 seconds, five repetitions, one semi-tone, first verse … You get the idea.
Choose goals that you can actually achieve. Know your limitations and do not aim for goals that are beyond your physical, emotional or practical limits.
Are you ready to sing with vibrato? Are you trying to sing notes that are way out of your vocal range? Can you handle a big audience?
Set goals that you can realistically achieve in a realistic time frame.
A skill that is only one step ahead of your current skill is realistic. For example, extend your range one semi-tone at a time. Or … first, use good breath support while holding one note, only once achieved, use it to sing a 3-note scale. Take one step at a time.
Set a time frame, in which you can achieve your goal. For example a week, over 5 practice sessions, or by January.
So now you know how to set SMART goals. Go ahead and write one down.
Step 2. Regular practice routine.
Every smart singer knows that regular practice leads to continued growth and singing success.
Develop your practice routine around the SMART goal you created in step 1. Schedule your practices in your daytimer, diary or organizer. Be very specific, for example on Monday at 10 am, Tuesday at 2 pm etc. And keep your appointments!
Step 3. Keep a practice journal.
At the end of every practice session, reflect on your progress.
Have you achieved your goal or not yet?
What do you have to do next to get closer to your goal?
Do you need an extra step?
Write down your observations, including what went well and what needs more practice. If you have achieved your goal, give yourself a pat on the back or celebrate.
Don’t forget to set another goal to follow tomorrow.
And that’s it. 3 steps to making progress because the goal is not perfection, it is making progress.
Now you know how to set SMART goals and progress every time you practice. If you need help to set goals around your breathing technique, I prepared a breathing checklist for you. Click the link in the description below the video to download a free breathing checklist.
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Link to the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/eDxsPeMNEJ8