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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Two Ways to Rehearse for Best Vocal Performance

Rehearsal for vocal performance can accomplish little- or can prepare you for the vocal event you want to have next time your voice hits the stage. Here are the two ways you need to practice...
  1. Technically: learning the melody, lyrics, rhythms and structure of the song while practicing with perfect form; working out trouble spots to find vocal techniques that fix the issues; working up vocal stamina.
  2. Psychologically: practicing 'performance state'; focusing your mind and your body language into communication mode which authentically delivers the message in the song TO someone specific for the benefit of a listening audience.
When should you practice what?

Practice technically first. Practice psychologically focused 'performance state' less often... purposefully and separately from technical practice. It's hard to drum up the moment, or 'zone', too many times in a row.

Create muscle memory that moves:

Practicing technically of course creates muscle memory. Then psychologically practicing the act of communicating your song TO someone infuses and purposes the muscle memory with feeling and emotion that can elicit emotional response from your audience when you go onstage. Then sing your butt off and Make Somebody Feel Something!

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  • At March 24, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous LA Wordsmith said...

    Love it--practicing the emotion too but not too much. Great tip. Thank you.

  • At April 5, 2011 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Renee Alter said...

    Thank you for reminding me that I need to exercise my voice.I will now investigate vocal exercises. (I write songs I would like to be able to sing and record). I am challenged by sinus drainage that leaves my throat sore. Any suggestions?

  • At April 5, 2011 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Renee... I might suggest a neti pot at night before bed. This should dilute your drainage and soothe your throat tissues. I have lots of vocal health suggestions in a 5 page report I've written... just sign up for my newsletter (see the signup box at www.judyrodman.com homepage) and you'll get it free.

    I also have a course you might be interested in if you want to record. Check out www.SingingInTheStudio.com.
    Thanks very much for your comment, and I wish you the best with your music!


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