Learning To Sing Does Not Need To Take Hours A Day

Did you know that learning to sing does not need to take up hours a day? Did you also know that you can actually improve if you practice the right things for 15 minutes a day? If you didn’t, then I hope you find this as good news.

In this post, I want to talk about the things you need to learn and practice, so you can start on your “learning to sing” journey if you haven’t already.

So, let’s get started…….

Learning To Sing – Correct technique

learning to sing - image 1The first thing you need to do is to learn correct technique.

I have talked about this endlessly in a dozen other posts and articles, but I do believe that it is the foundations of good singing.

My teacher always said that it is better to practice the right thing for a short time than practice the wrong thing for hours a day.

If you don’t learn correct technique from the get go, you could end up having to spend time “unlearning” bad habits, before you can learn the good ones.

Learning To Sing – Practice Makes Perfect

So everyone knows that to get better at anything, you will need to practice. An often asked question is what do I practice? My recommendation, especially if you are learning to sing for the first time, or you are trying to fix bad habits, is to practice scales and vocal exercises.

These help you to learn correct technique and build your voice, without having to worry about lyrics or phrases.

You can concentrate on your technique and tone and increasing your range in a structured manner rather Learning to sing image 3than crossing your fingers and hoping singing a few songs work.

The good new is that singing scales and vocal exercises correctly for 15 minutes a day is better than trying to sing a few songs for an hour or more – you get much better bang for buck.

Personally, I started with 15 minutes a day, and then moved to 30 minutes and then 45 – 60 minutes a day. Nowadays, I hang around the 30 minutes a day for scales and exercises. If I am preparing for a gig, then I may practice for an hour at a time.

Learning To Sing – Consistency Is Key

The last point is all about consistency. Consistent practice will pay off in the end.

During one year, I practiced consistently for months and didn’t seem to be improving, but i kept on doing it anyway. The funny thing was, all of a sudden, my voice took an almighty jump in range and tone, and it was all due to my consistent practice.

The next few months I then enjoyed consistent growth until I reached the next plateau and I had to start the hard yards all over again. My teacher explained that we can seem to plateau and then all of a sudden we rapidly improve and difficult things become easy.

I have found this to be quite true in my journey and as frustrating as it is, consistent practice and the application of correct technique has paid off in the long run.

If you practice the right things consistently 15 minutes a day – you WILL see improvement. But you must practice the right things!

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You now know that learning to sing does not need you hours a day, in fact just practicing key things 15 minutes a day will help you improve your range, power and tone.

I hope you found this article informative and please feel free to leave a comment or like, pin, tweet and share it with your friends.

I wish you success in all your singing endeavors.

Andy Barnes

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  • Birgit Häde

    Reply Reply November 29, 2015

    Thanks for this.
    I think, we can make it, 15 minutes a day.
    The question now is:WHAT exactly should we do? WHICH exercises or scales?? This is an important question.

    Hope you’ll answer it.

    See you soon


  • Andy Barnes

    Reply Reply November 29, 2015

    Hi Birgit,

    I have a free vocal lesson you can sign up for that lists my top ten favorite vocal exercises for singers.


  • What if I don’t want to sign up.

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