7 Things You Need In Order To Practice Singing Effectively Saturday October 14 2023, 10:00 AM
Yona Marie
Singer, Songwriter, Producer.
7 Things You Need In Order To Practice Singing Effectively

How To Practice Singing 

Whether you're doing it as a hobby or doing it as a career choice, singing demands dedication, practice, and the right techniques.

As a professional singer, it's an absolute must that I get the most out of my practice sessions and make sure that I'm prepared with everything that I need. 

No matter what style you are practicing in your career, there are several things that all singers should have during their rehearsals to get the most out of the process.

Thankfully, the things I'll list below are all pretty easy to get, but the last one is critical yet the hardest to maintain, so make sure you're up for the challenge! 

An Optimal Room


Good lighting in your practice space is crucial for several reasons. It reduces eye strain, allowing you to read sheet music or lyrics comfortably. Also, good lighting sets a positive mood, enhancing your overall practice experience.


Proper ventilation ensures the air in your practice space remains fresh and oxygen-rich.

A well-ventilated room prevents stuffiness, allowing you to breathe easily. Good airflow also regulates room temperature, ensuring you don't overheat during intense practice sessions.


Minimal Distractions

Turn off your phone or switch it to silent mode to eliminate the temptation of checking messages or notifications (I often need to remind myself of this). If you live in a noisy neighborhood or have frequent disturbances, invest in noise-canceling headphones.

Inspiring Ambiance

Decorate your practice space with items that inspire you, such as musical artwork or quotes from your favorite singers, fostering a creative and motivated mindset. Add a personal touch to your practice area with items that reflect your musical journey.

Vocal Warmups

Breathing Exercises

Incorporate diaphragmatic breathing by inhaling deeply through your nose, feeling your abdomen expand, then exhale slowly.

Extend breaths by inhaling for four counts, holding for four, and exhaling over eight counts, enhancing lung capacity. Practice breath control with extended phrases, ensuring smooth transitions between notes for seamless melodies.

Scales and Intervals

Master major and minor scales in different keys, ascending and descending, focusing on accurate intervals between notes.

Train your ear to recognize intervals by repeatedly singing them, starting with simple ones and progressing to more complex intervals. This sharpens your ability to harmonize effectively and sing melodies the right way.


Articulation and Diction

Practice consonant articulation, emphasizing clear 't,' 'd,' 's,' and 'l' sounds within words. Work on pure vowel sounds ('a,' 'e,' 'i,' 'o,' 'u') focusing on mouth shape and tongue position.

Improve your lyric emphasis by varying pitch and volume, enhancing the expressiveness and clarity of your vocal delivery.

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Vocal Care 

Throat Care

In addition to the obvious must, water, consider using throat lozenges, herbal teas, or warm water with honey to soothe your vocal cords, especially after intense practice sessions.

Warm water mixed with honey can act as a gentle coating for your throat, reducing irritation.

Experiment with these remedies to discover what works best for your voice. Regular care not only brings you vocal comfort but also maintains the suppleness of your vocal cords, contributing to consistent, clear, and effortless singing.

Avoiding Vocal Strain

Respect your vocal boundaries to prevent strain and maintain vocal health! Listen to your body; if you sense any discomfort or strain, take immediate breaks during practice sessions.

Avoid the temptation to strain your voice beyond its natural capacity, as this can lead to vocal fatigue and potential damage.

Proper warm-ups, adequate rest, and recognizing signs of strain are essential. When practicing, focus on techniques that encourage relaxation and controlled airflow.

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Good Posture

Chair Seating

If you prefer sitting during your practice sessions, choose a chair with a straight back that supports the natural curve of your spine. It's so easy to fall into bad posture and develop back problems with bad habits. 

Keep both feet flat on the ground, making sure your knees are at a right angle. Sit forward on the chair's edge, promoting an upright posture. This position allows for proper diaphragmatic breathing and optimal vocal control.

Standing Posture 

If you prefer to practice standing, distribute your weight evenly on both feet. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent.

Imagine a string pulling you gently upward from the crown of your head, elongating your spine. Relax your shoulders and keep them aligned with your hips.

This posture encourages proper breath support and allows your lungs to expand fully, enhancing your vocal projection and tone quality.

Recording Device 


Regularly listen to your recordings, analyzing your performance critically. Take note of your pitch accuracy, tone quality, and emotional expression. Celebrate the aspects of your performance where you excel and focus on refining the weaker areas.

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Progress Tracking

Maintain a record of your practice sessions, noting down specific goals, challenges faced, and achievements.

Progress tracking not only showcases your advancement but also instills a sense of accomplishment, reinforcing your commitment to consistent and purposeful practice.

Feedback from Others

Seek feedback from experienced musicians, vocal coaches, or trustworthy friends. Constructive criticism from external sources can provide valuable insights into your singing technique.

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Reference Instrument (Digital Or Live) 

For Accompaniment

Whether it's a piano, guitar, or any other accompaniment, it helps establish the rhythm and musical structure of the song.

Practice alongside the instrument, focusing on harmonizing and syncing your vocals with the accompaniment. Even if you don't have a live instrument, you can easily use a backing track or digital instrument. 

This interaction not only refines your timing and rhythm but also nurtures your ability to blend your voice well with other instruments.

For Pitch Accuracy

A reference instrument is invaluable for honing your pitch accuracy. Use the instrument to match pitches and intervals precisely.


Sing along with scales, arpeggios, or even simple melodies played on the instrument. Pay keen attention to the many variations in pitch, ensuring your voice aligns well with all the intervals.

If you want to make things even more simple and a little old-school at the same time, go for a tuning fork to keep yourself in key without the need for digital or live instrumentation. 


Regular Practice Routine

Creating a steadfast practice routine is the cornerstone of vocal mastery. Dedicate consistent time to your vocal exercises, and work towards a regularly scheduled commitment to your craft.

But always remember the importance of rest days. Allowing your vocal cords time to recuperate prevents strain and fatigue, preserving your voice’s health and longevity. Striking a balance between practice and rest is essential, fostering sustainable progress and preventing burnout.

Setting Realistic Goals

Give yourself clear short-term and long-term goals for your singing journey. Break down larger objectives into manageable milestones, celebrating even the smallest victories. Each accomplishment, no matter how minor, signifies progress.

Embrace setbacks as valuable opportunities for learning and growth. Analyze challenges, understanding them as stepping stones toward improvement. 

The journey can be long, but it can also be extra fun and cause time to fly by as you grow in your vocal capabilities! 

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Yona Marie

As a session singer, writer, and producer that has worked with over 300 clients to provide high-quality jingles, singles, and features, Yona spends her time creating and marketing new music and helpful resources for creators. Check out Yona’s latest releases on her Spotify, her Youtube and share if you like it!

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