We’ve all heard the phrase “Practice makes perfect.” And of course there is some validity to those words. But a better phrasing of that statement would be “Deliberate practice makes perfect.” Foundations matter. What do I mean by that!?
Repetition builds memory. And when repeating a series of motions, you’re training the muscles to remember what they’ve rehearsed - good or bad. An exercise (or series of motions,) performed a single time correctly is far, more valuable for developing a desired outcome such as extending range, building stamina, or developing flexibility than an exercise (or series of motions,) performed incorrectly many times over.
Often in a lesson, I’ll prescribe singers what I like to call a ‘Go-To’ exercise. Especially, for a particularly challenging passage. The prescribed ‘Go-To’ exercise gets the singer immediately into the desired condition; bypassing the brain and accessing the feeling brain (muscle sensory.) Therefore, establishing better, more deliberate, practice. Quick. Efficient. And closer to perfect - the name of the game!
Individual tendencies and their prescriptions can be tricky!? Are you stumped by a particular vocal challenge or wishing to improve a certain element of your voice? Do you know your ‘Go-To’ exercises!? I’d love to help. Set up a vocal consultation now.
One last thought... The more often you practice, deliberately, the faster you’ll experience progress and achieve your desired goals. Happy practicing!