Knowing how to create an effective practice plan is the secret weapon in your singer’s toolkit for developing your singing & performance skills.
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How To Create An Effective Practice Plan
I would love you to have clear ideas on what you can do to improve your voice by using an effective practice plan.
Including how often is best for you to practice, for how long & what you specifically you will be doing in each practice session.
You will see loads of improvements in your voice if you practice 3-5 per week. Even once a week if you were doing nothing previously. Tailor the frequency to how vocally fit your voice is & where you are in your vocal development journey.
Here is a sample practice plan for you to look at & a template that you can use to fill in your practice.
Sample Practice Plan 15 – 60 mins
• 5 mins – Journal
Record your practice schedule plus thoughts on how your body is feeling before & after the practice session so you can keep an eye on any changes or progress in your voice. Use your Vocal Journal template.
• 5 mins – Focus & Relax
• 5 mins – Sirens
I call this a vocal wake up or a stretch for your voice.
• 10 mins – Vocal Warm Up
I suggest doing Mirens through the song(s) you plan to practice (you can do also do vocal exercises like Humming, Lip trills, vocalise vowel sounds through scales if you want to but Mirening is my number one go-to)
• 10 mins – Genre specific song practice/performance
It’s a good idea to have a song that you are working on to be able to apply your techniques to or practice songs that you want to polish for an upcoming performance.
Video yourself & watch back to give your self some perspective on the performance. Let other people that you trust, watch and give constructive criticism.
• 5 mins – Cool down
If you feel like you have had a vocal workout & you’ve sung a lot, it is a good idea to do a vocal warm down. You can do this by simply reversing your Sirens (from high to low notes) or trills/ humming repeating with a more softer & gentler delivery than your warm-up so you can return your voice to a speaking level.
Consider taking 20 minutes of vocal rest after any practice or high voice use.
Let me know how you plan your practices. Will implement my practice plan exactly or tailor it to suit your voice & development?
Regular practice is the key to developing your voice & performance ability. Get a regular practice plan happening & you will see the improvements within 30 days!