5 ideas to work with when you're unable to sing (you may be sick, low on energy or just feeling like you're tired). These ideas will help to motivate and inspire you even when you can't sing a note!
1. Watch videos of your favourite singers that inspire and motivate you, love their energy? Vocal gymnastics? Or it could be a number of things!
Make sure the videos are live recordings.
2. Discover new artists and new songs. Look on Spotify/youtube, as you may find some songs that you are exactly looking for. Make sure they are in line with your goals does the singer(s) poses a warm tone, and have cracking diction?
3. Listen and analyse your recordings! Write notes what is and isn’t working. Show me where you think you need help…be positive as much as you can though.
4. Brain storm some games/tests that you can play ie; like sing the alphabet through and over and on one breath to practice breath control, work on a run…, or a favourite song/melody and change it on a different vowel.
5. Do something for your well-being. We forget to look after ourselves, our body is our instrument remember! So maybe release tension and have a massage, or sauna, if you are unwell, steam can help unblock the nasal passage, sometimes something as simple as a walk can help you.
Remember nothing ventured nothing gained!
Until next time
So why are we told that, 'singing good for me?' What are the benefits? Read the following points and find out!
Things learned in singing can be applied to daily liveslearning how to sing requires a lot of discipline. This kind of discipline can be applied to other aspects in life. Also, once you have learned the proper breathing technique required in singing, you will never have to worry at any time of the day if you are breathing properly. It will become second nature, but don’t forget learning to sing is learning a new skill, just like driving a car!
Singing induces pleasure.No matter what song you sing, and whether or not they please other people, singing brings pleasure and relaxation. There are scientific studies that prove this statement.There is an organ located in the inner ear (called the sacculus) that only responds to low frequency, high intensity sounds- ideally the kind of sound produced by singing.This organ immediately reacts to singing, and causes the release of pleasure-inducing endorphins.
Singing uplifts the spirit
Aside from being used in religious practices, singing can practically uplift the spirit and the mood as well. It is an anti-depressant, but unlike those taken as prescription drugs; singing doesn't have adverse side effects. Singing lessons can be seen as cheaper therapy!
Singing can be considered as a catharsis too.Singing is one practical way of expressing one’s feelings. The whole human emotional spectrum can very well be expressed thru singing.
Singing is good for respiration and blood circulation.Singing requires proper breathing, causing the following health benefits to happen:Muscle tension is released because of the right amount of oxygen taken in by the body. Comparatively, more calories are burned just by breathing properly. So, you can lose weight without tiring one’s self. The only requirement is proper breathing.
Singing helps you to become more confident
A lot of people who come to me for lessons or advice about singing state that they are looking to become more confident. After a few lessons they tell me that they feel more confident and this often down to the exercises we undertake as part of our learning. We are constantly pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zones and creating new boundaries.
Rebecca is a professional vocal coach and singer in her own right with many years of performing and coaching experience. She is passionate with all things singing related!