There are so many factors to consider for success when practicing your singing…
But what should an environment provide when it comes to practicing your voice routine?
Firstly, if you have the space to create a distraction-free environment, ideally that room would only contain the equipment you need for your vocal practice sessions.
If you’re trying to practice your singing routine and are constantly getting interrupted by the people around you, your phone, or even a computer screen, then eliminating these distractions can be a game-changer.
Creating an inspiring environment can give you even more motivation to work on your voice. While it’s not crucial, all of these elements can play a part in your success.
Your practice space could feature anything from framed posters of your favourite singers/bands, large windows with lots of sunlight or even an abundance of greenery in the form of plants… Basically whatever makes you feel good and ready to practice!
Finally, your environment will be easy to work in if it features the right equipment. If you want to set yourself up for success, it pays to have the following tools on hand:
Here are our Top 5 Singing Practice Tools (for practicing your singing at home):
Singing Practice Tool #1
A Large Mirror
You might cringe at the thought of singing in front of a mirror, but a singer’s number #1 home practice tool is just that.
Mirrors are perfect for monitoring your posture, what your mouth is doing and perfecting your sound.
You get the chance to observe yourself, just like a vocal coach would in a private singing lesson.
Using a mirror means you can give yourself visual feedback, alongside the aural feedback of listening to yourself sing.
Singing Practice Tool #2
A Keyboard or Piano
A great tool for warming up your voice, performing pitching exercises, aural training and various other vocal exercises.
Many singers use pre-recorded vocal exercises to warm up their voices.
Now, although these are good when you’re on the go- after a while, you’ll need something customised to push your voice when it gets stronger.
Even if you don’t play the piano, it doesn’t take a lot to learn basic exercises and it’s a great investment for any singer.
Make sure it’s set up and ready to use whenever you enter your practice area!
Singing Practice Tool #3
A Music Stand
A music stand serves as a great place for housing your song lyrics, repertoire list and sheet music.
Just set it up in-front of your mirror and adjust it to the height that suits you.
Ideally, it wont be too low or too high- make sure you’re still able to achieve optimal posture when you sing.
A music stand is not only great for home singing practice, but you’ll use it all the time if you start your own singing career.
Singing Practice Tool #4
A Computer or Device and Speakers
We use our ears a lot when we sing, so it’s important you can hear the music properly when practicing.
A device, such as a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet with audio output to play your music or tutorial videos through will allow you to learn new techniques within your practice environment.
It will also work wonders when singing along to instrumental tracks.
Luckily, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on speakers. Check out the range of options on google to suit your budget and needs.
Singing Practice Tool #5
A Microphone & Camera
You may cringe at the thought of watching yourself sing, but having the means to record both audio and video ensures that you have everything you need to capture your voice for critique and sharing.
When you sing, you hear yourself with your inner ear.
When you listen back to yourself, you hear your voice with your outer ear.
That’s why it sounds so different!
I hate to bear bad news, but the outer ear is the ACTUAL SOUND you produce.
Not many singers like listening back to themselves, but it’s a necessary tool to get feedback on your REAL sound.
You don’t need the full setup like we’ve pictured above… just a smartphone or webcam will do!
It’s not crucial to have all of this equipment, but it’s certainly an advantage to have everything in one space.
Hopefully, this article brings you a little inspiration when setting up your singing environment, making sure your voice routine is on point every day!