Tips to Staying Motivated To Practice
It’s easy to practice our vocal exercises when we have a deadline for a song, a show, or audition, but what about the periods in between?
Unless you are in the constant habit of daily vocalization in the vocal gym, you may find it hard to stay motivated to practice. Some people have long periods without motivation to practice, due to a variety of reasons. So, how can we stay motivated? Here are some of my personal tips!
1) Be involved in a community choir or church choir.
The simple act of a weekly rehearsal can motivate a singer to keep their voice warmed up, tuned up, or at the very least in use. Use the vocal gym whenever you remember your choir numbers or part. Use the vocal gym on the way to rehearsal. Use the vocal gym on the way home from rehearsal to work on trouble areas you may have.
2) Join or create your own vocal challenge online.
This can be as simple as creating a private album for yourself to reference back to, creating a page to only share your videos with trusted family or friends. Or, go all out and ask a large online community to a challenge. The challenge could be once a week, once a month, or daily. It’s up to you! Singing in front of the camera can really be intimidating to some singers. Needing to stay warm vocally or work on trouble areas for a particular song you want to sing is motivating to practice.
3) Find auditions around your local area.
Auditioning is many people’s greatest fear but what better motivation to practice than to go out and challenge yourself to audition. Even if you don’t want to be in the show, it can encourage you to find daily practice time. Ask a friend to audition with you. This is no different than friends going to the gym together or running or walking together, working towards a race. It is highly motivating to have a race/audition at the end of all your workouts.
There are plenty of other ideas for getting motivated to practice your vocals. Setting goals, having dreams, trying a new vocal coach, and the above are just a few. If you are serious about taking care of your voice and your incredible instrument, then find what helps you stay motivated to practice and become more consistent. Best of luck in your vocal journeys and as always, Sing On!