you practice can be as important to your vocal workout as how
much you practice. Make sure you practice in a place where you
feel free to sing out -- without worry as to who might be listening.
at gigs, recording sessions or band rehearsals should not be
considered practice. You must also make time for yourself to
sing without the pressure of having to sound good. Give yourself
the luxury of taking chances and making mistakes during your
own, private workout.
practice, do so slowly and give yourself the time to relax before
your workout -- don't rush! Haste is the #1 enemy of meaningful
If you vocalize
for a half and hour everyday, you'll be surprised at how much
more ready to sing you'll always be.
yourself to be able to sing one or two notes higher than required
in your performances. This insurance will allow you to relax
used for sit-ups or leg lifts are the same used to support (or
press) air through the cords to bring forth a singer's sound.
Some of these exercises, on a regular basis, add power to your
should drop -- as it does when you yawn -- whenever holding
a note in your upper range.
If you have
to cough or clear your throat, do so gently. These actions are
like sandpaper to your vocal cords.
sleep properly -- and ideally -- exercise daily. All of these
things will enable your body to achieve a state of relaxation
and vocal-cord readiness and will benefit your singing more
than you'd think.
a high level of water in your body. The old adage eight glasses
a day... helps keep your vocal cords lubricated and conditioned.