How Much Should A Singer Practice?

This week we’re exploring the topic of practice – when / where it should be carried out. 

As we are all undoubtedly aware, the commitment to practice and perfect our art as singers is pivotal in our development. This week we’d like to here where & when you take the opportunity to practice and why it works for you.

So the question is: As a singer, how often should you practice & when is the best time of day to carry this practice out?

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Great Comments from last week:

On average, do you think that singers who have trained in the opera tradition more ‘technically able’ than those in the pop world?

John Ray wrote…

“Singing is vocal function, pure and simple. Those who prepare for careers in opera are more technically able to do so. Those who prepare for a career in commercial singing are more technically able to do so. Beyond training the vocal mechanism to function according to the music you are singing (and there ARE functional differences between classical and commercial singing as proven by voice science) it all comes down to style. Crossing over to some extent is possible with cross-training. But the sheer musical and non-musical career demands of anyone serious about performing would make it very difficult to achieve from a livelihood perspective”.

Bob Wyper commented…

“It can be a bit like having a formula one Ferrari on a rally circuit… just wrong to compare. Techniques, styles and delivery are different in lots of music styles.. from stage productions and working mens clubs, to theatre and television.. not counting the variety of programming when you get to stage and television. Technical ability is only one aspect of entertaining… singing is only a sub-section of entertaining…”

Luke Bernard posted…

“Technically able possibly, altho some pop singers train just as hard and develop an equal level of mastery over their instrument for it’s music demands. One thing I will say is opera trained singers in my experience can have trouble letting go of the “opera type sound” when they sing pop.And equally a pop singer attempting opera often sounds like cheap counterfeits.The two worlds of singing are just different and require different kinds of focus”.

Fantastic insights this week guys! Looking forward to hearing your responses to next week’s Q & A.

All the best, C x

  • Poppa Madison

    I would think that the rehearsal required is directly proportional to the demand the singer faces in terms of frequency and length of the time of the average performance they face.

    Guess that the mathematicians amongst us could come up with a formula that would enable us all to quantlfy that for each of our commitments by inputting figures into the equation….. How about it someone?

    As I do not need to sing every day, I may go for quite a long time without regular rehearsal, but then, when the time for performing approaches.e.g. Christmas Carol performances then I would adopt a daily regime to gear up the voice and mind for the task ahead some months.

    ‘Tis true the voice is like an engine that I believe should be treated as such. Re-running in after a lay-off period, then suitable daily warm-up time to lube the tubes and expand the lungs before letting it rip into “performance mode”.

    Attention to fluid intake and rest periods then come into play, along with all of the wonderful vocal exercises that the contributors to this forum so kindly suggest for strengthening and broadening vocal range and drive.

    Poppa Madison

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