The practice hump: How to get over it and unleash your inner rock star

Practice is the cornerstone of improvement for any singer, yet many of us struggle to make it a consistent part of our routine. In this article, we’ll explore common reasons singers avoid practice and delve into why cultivating a positive mindset towards practice is crucial for achieving rapid vocal results.

Top 10 excuses to avoid practicing

  1. Fear of Being Heard (“Thin Walls Syndrome”)
    This fear is prevalent in shared living situations or apartments where privacy is limited.
  2. Lack of Dedicated Practice Space
    Not having a room where you can comfortably make noise without disturbing others.
  3. Time Constraints
    Busy schedules often leave little room for dedicated practice sessions.
  4. Lack of Motivation
    Finding the drive to practice regularly can be challenging, especially when progress feels slow.
  5. Uncertainty about What to Practice
    Not knowing which exercises are beneficial or how they contribute to vocal improvement.
  6. Perfectionism
    The pressure to perform flawlessly during practice sessions can deter singers from even starting.
  7. Physical Discomfort
    Issues like vocal strain or discomfort can make practice sessions unpleasant or even painful.
  8. Distractions
    External factors like noise or interruptions can disrupt focus and hinder productive practice.
  9. Self-Doubt
    Feeling inadequate or comparing oneself to others can undermine motivation to practice.
  10. Lack of Accountability
    Without a coach or mentor to provide guidance and accountability, it’s easy to procrastinate or skip practice sessions.

    Warning: Some singers experience confusion created by the glut of online singing teachers that might give a few hints and tips out, but only cover half of what it takes to correctly perform a vocal or breathing coordination. This is the breeding ground for creating bad vocal habits.

Developing a success-supportive mindset

Overcoming these challenges begins with cultivating a success-supportive mindset. Here are some strategies to help you build consistency in your practice routine:

  • Create a Dedicated Practice Schedule: Allocate specific times in your week for practice, treating it as non-negotiable.
  • Adapt Practice to Your Environment: Use techniques like humming or lip bubbles to practice quietly in noise-sensitive environments.
  • Mix Up Your Practice Routine: Incorporate both songs and vocal exercises (like scales) to ensure comprehensive vocal development.
  • Set Realistic Goals: Break down larger vocal goals into smaller, achievable milestones to maintain motivation.
  • Seek Feedback and Support: Join vocal communities or seek guidance from experienced singers to stay motivated and accountable. You can start by following Rapid Vocal Results on Facebook!

For a more detailed discussion on developing a positive mindset to achieve your vocal goals, check out our related article here.

Why vocal exercises matter

While singing songs is enjoyable and builds confidence, it’s essential to balance this with structured vocal exercises. Here’s why:

  • Range Expansion: Vocal exercises help expand your vocal range systematically, allowing you to reach higher notes with ease.
  • Technique Refinement: Exercises target specific aspects of vocal technique, correcting flaws that singing songs alone might mask.
  • Muscle Memory: Repetition of exercises builds muscle memory, enhancing vocal control and consistency.

For a deeper dive into the importance of including scales in your vocal exercise routine, read more here. You can also get started with free introductory scale exercises here.

Let’s get you over the practice hump

Remember, practice isn’t about achieving perfection overnight. Instead, it’s a journey towards consistent improvement and breakthroughs in your vocal abilities. Embrace the process, stay committed to your practice routine, and you’ll pave the way for rapid vocal results.

Need a hand with a practice routine? Please contact me at any time and let’s chat.

Here’s to better singing for everyone!

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