"A lovely beautifully produced mature timbre"- Opera Now
Tel: 079709 38661 OR 07969 880177
I teach in SIX locations. I am available for lessons from 1pm to 8pm
Broadgreen Liverpool (just off the M62)
Broad green Lane
(just off the M60)
The Methodist Church
32 Market Street,
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There are four stages to a perfect practice session. Here is what I recommend. First a list of DON'TS.
1. When you are learning never sing for longer than an hour at a time
2. Don't sing immediately after eating
3. Don't sing when tired
4. Don't sing just after having woken up
So a practice session around about 3pm is perfect, lunch is over, you have room to breathe into you are not tired or sleepy
Breathing and breath control. Get in contact with your singing mechanism. Breathe deeply downwards. Keep your shoulders down. Breathe in while counting to 4 then breathe out counting to 8. Breathe in counting to 8 breathe out counting to 16.
Warm up the vocal mechanisms. Find your standing note - that is the note you are MOST comfortable singing, not too high and not too low. Hum the note, and feel a tickling sensation on your lips. Hum for ten seconds, then if you can for 15 seconds. Hum a rising scale of five tones from your standing note and back down. Now hum a declining scale of five tones down and then back up to your standing note.
Open your mouth and still singing your standing note sing Ah as in father. As before sing 5 tones up and then back five tones.
Now begin to move your voice up. Move up a tone from your standing note and sing a five tone scale and back . Continue moving up from your standing note in this fashion until the top note of the scale is an octave abov your standing note.
When you are sure your voice is connected and you are quite comfortable, begin to practice your songs. Singing practice for songs is different from learning the notes or understanding the text. In the practice session we are just trying to get the song into the voice. This means that you practice the vowel sounds- are they as precise as you can make them? Where do you feel the resonance? Are you moving your jaw too much? Are you hitting the consonents too hard?
Practice difficult high and low notes carefully and for a short period. The high notes are right when there is no sensation of strain or effort in the face or jaw.Remember the higher the note the lower the point of support. Low notes are not to be pushed- we relax onto low notes.
Warm down. After singing your songs spend two or three minutes humming and gently warming down the voice - especially if you are going outside into a cold winters day .