Vocal Athlete- How To Be A Singing Star

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 How To Be A Singing Star

As a singer- especially if you sing regularly or professionally- it is important to adopt a specific mindset. The mindset of an athlete that is training for a marathon, the Iron Man competition or the Olympics is obsessed. Obsessed with their training, and seeing progress. The difference between a hundredth of a second faster or slower for a 100 meter sprinter in the Olympics could be the difference of training 20 hours per week or 30 hours per week. Every muscle twitch, movement and development is factored by diet, exercise, training, rest, supplements, and many other variables.

To the athlete, however, he or she is just focused on staying strong and healthy, and trusting in the training.

A vocal athlete follows a very specific regimen of food intake, exercise, vocal training, application, mental awareness, and rest. On gig days, the vocal athlete may follow a routine like the one listed below.

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  1. Sleep 10 hours. Wake up at 10 A.M.
  2. Morning meditation (10-20 minutes)
  3. Light breakfast/nutritional intake (5-15 minutes)
  4. Morning Exercise (30-60 minutes)
  5. Rest/ Lunch (60 minutes)
  6. Afternoon Vocal Training (20-60 minutes)
  7. Rest/Relaxation (60 minutes)
  8. Daily errands, chores/work
  9. Rest until dinner
  10. Dinner
  11. Rest for 30-60 minutes before vocal warm up
  12. Vocal warm up before performance (10-20 minutes)[/ordered_list]

This routine can vary from singer to singer. This is not far off from my daily routine on performance days. Exercise can be cardiovascular, weight training, yoga, etc. I do all kinds of exercises to keep my body tuned up for the day. However it is very important to ensure adequate rest and hydration, as well as refueling with proper nutrition. Over eating can cause acid reflux, so spreading your meals out can help you avoiod anything that can cause irritation to your voice.

Breaking down the day

Morning Routine

Your morning routine can set up your day to be a success and prepare your voice for the demands that you are going to put on it. These tips will help you develop a good morning routine to prepare your voice for a performance.

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    • To Sing Clear, Pee Clear – In the morning when you first wake up, it is important to evacuate waste that has been stored up in your body. This is an opportunity to examine how much hydration you may require in the morning. The rule is “to sing clear, pee clear.” If you find your urine is colored, you are dehydrated. A properly hydrated body will omit a clear urine stream. In the morning you also want to hydrate yourself to start your day.
    • Gradually Warm Up Your Voice- Take some time in the morning while preparing breakfast, or getting dressed to slowly and gradually warm up your voice. Do some simple humming on a single note, then slide your voice up and down. this will help you evalate your vocal health, and warm up your voice. If your voice is rough sounding, don’t push it. Just relax your voice and continue with your day.
    • Remove Tension From Your Body by Exercising- Doing a little yoga, stretching, walking, running, or any kind of light to medium exercise when you first wake up can help remove tension from the body and generate internal heat. This is also good for the voice.
    • Eliminate Phlegm- A thin layer of mucus develops over the evening to help protect your voice. Gargling with warm salt water mixture can help get rid of any unwanted phlegm or mucus that can hinder the vocal chords. Avoid dairy products and acidic foods that develop mucus in your voice. That mucus is there to help carry those products through your body and eliminate waste.
    • Ease Into The Day- Don’t force anything. Naturally go about your morning without haste. Let your body and your voice take their time to wake up. This process can take a few hours if done right. However, vocal health is our focus. So taking your time is the best way. Do not try to speed up the process.


    Afternoon Routine

    If you are singing in the evening, then relaxing afternoons are a good way to prepare for your performance.

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    • Do some vocal exercises. Training your voice using the exercises we teach will condition your vocals for optimum performance.
    • Don’t get involved in high pressure situations. The more you stay relaxed, the more energy you preserve for your body to use for your performance.
    • Spend some time relaxing. Watch a movie, do some meditation, take a leisure stroll, enjoy a book, do anything that is relaxing.
    • Rest Your Voice. After you do some vocal exercises, make sure you rest your voice for an adequate amount of time.[/unordered_list]

    Evening Routine

    If your performance is in the evening, gradually begin warming up the voice and preparing for the evening.

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    • Eat a light dinner. Over eating can lead to acid reflux.
    • Gradually warm up the voice. Do some humming, lip rolls, etc, to start the warm up process. *See Below For Warming Up The Voice
    • Get rid of tension. Stretch, and loosen up the body. The body is the core of your instrument.
    • Focus on your performance. The wandering mind is one of the biggest deterrents of a quality vocal performance. Stay focused on the task at hand. *See Below For Extra Tips
    • Warm Down The Voice after Your Performance. A proper warm down can help create longevity in your vocals. Much like an athlete will stretch and warm down after an event, a vocal warm down is a necessity to any vocal athlete. [/unordered_list]

    You are a vocal athlete. Identifying with that mindset can assist you in creating great vocals, and developing yourself as a great vocalist. Your routines may vary from what is listed above, however any changes you make with healthy vocals in mind will start to lean you in the direction of a healthy vocal athlete. Becoming obsessed over your voice can be a good thing. Remember that this is a mindset, and a lifestyle. With a healthy mindset, and attitude toward your voice, your vocal health will increase and maintain itself naturally. Keep a positive frame of mind at all times. Do not let doubt or fear interrupt your new mindset.

    *Note: If you are approaching this mindset with a sore voice, a long track of unhealthy vocal practices, ease into the idea of being a vocal athlete. It takes time to comfortably transition into a healthier lifestyle, as well as a healthier vocal lifestyle. The benefits of developing a healthy vocal lifestyle for any singer very much outweigh unhealthy habits. The confidence boost and the feeling of physical well being alone are very noticeable right away.


    Additional Resources

    Warming Up The Voice- Our Vocal Warm Up audio program is available for instant download on iTunes.This is the same routine we use to warm up before a performance.




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    Warming Down The Voice- Our Vocal Warm Down audio program is available for instant download on iTunes.This is the same routine we use to warm down after a performance.

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    Mind Tools: Slow down the mental chatter, and stay focused.

    The Power of Now- A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment


    The Calming Collection – Goodbye Worries. ** Guided meditation to train your mind to quiet your thoughts – Train your mind to quiet your thoughts CD – Hypnotic Guided CD **

    *If you would like more information regarding meditations, controlling your mind and mental health, please feel free to email John Kenney at johnny@trueconnectedvoice.com.

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    How To Be A Singing Star

    At True Connected Voice we are always available for one on one training and lessons, weather via Skype or if you are in Tampa FL, Orlando FL, or any of the surrounding Central Florida areas contact us today and unlock the true potential of your singing voice.

    John Kenney is a musician in Central Florida and is training to become a certified vocal instructor.