So it’s that time of the week again for your singing lesson, or maybe it’s your first lesson?
Time spent in your singing lesson can fly by or maybe it drags on? This could be because you haven’t found the right teacher for you or else maybe there’s a way you can prepare to ensure it’s a fun a productive lesson.
Here are my 3 tips on how to prepare for your singing lesson!
Bringing yourself into a more calm, present and focused state is ideal for learning and creating. I recommend anything from 1 minute of slow breathing to using a 10-minute guided meditation on apps such as Calm, Headspace or Waking Up. Preparing to be more mindful during your lesson will help silence your critical voice (“you can’t sing that high note”, “you’re not good enough”), calm any nerves, make you more aware of your body and voice during technique work and encourage you to be more creative helping you to enter more of a flow state. Fab!
Meditation Apps: Waking-Up: https://wakingup.com/
I know, duh. But you would be amazed by how many singers do not arrive warm to lessons. As a teacher, I want to get straight to the good bit so be sure to give your voice a gentle stretch before the lesson and get the blood flowing to the vocal folds so you’re ready to rock n’ roll. I do not recommend that you tire your voice out by drilling scales. A warm-up should last about 5-10minutes, should include at least 1 semi-occluded vocal tract exercise (check out the Singing Straw), some glides/slides throughout the range and some partial vowel sounds; for example nee-yeah for pop/rock lessons.
- Communicate Your Plan
Yes, you can take the wheel at your singing lesson by proposing a plan, in-fact, I strongly recommend that you do. You are the client and I want you to have the session you’ve been looking forward to all week. That’s why I enquire via email before our lesson what exactly you’d like to focus on and what has been going well and not so well in practice and I will ask again at the start of our session. The more both you and your teacher communicate and are in agreement on how the session should go the more epic and productive it will be!