A singing rut?
Yes, a singing rut. Every person in pursuit of creating or training runs into psychological barricades at some point in their journey. But what is meant by a singing rut? Surely you just open your mouth and sing? This could be true for a casual singer, but for those who are in a process of sculpting the voice they want, this post is for you. A singing rut is where you find that you are stuck somewhere, either technically or motivationally, and you just can’t get yourself out. The cause could be boredom, incorrect execution of the exercises or a completely unfocussed workout plan.
Here is a game plan for how you can get out of that singing rut:
1. Find a workout buddy
Get together with another Voxtrain user once or twice a week. It could even be a group. Train together and listen to each other singing, always making sure that you keep each other focused and encouraged. Sometimes an objective ear can help you find your blind spots and put you on the right track again.
2. Change your training venue
It makes sense to do your vocal workouts at home since you probably have all the privacy and tools you need right there. But if you’re lacking inspiration, try finding some alternative venues for your training sessions. Old churches or cathedrals can do wonders for your levels of inspiration as they make your voice sound big and epic. Old barns, parks, train stations and unused building can be great places too for you to sing your heart out.
3. Keep your training times short and focused
If training your voice is not just another new year’s resolution that ends before January, then you’ll understand the long-term nature of such an undertaking. Just like physical fitness, vocal fitness needs to be a regular routine. But to avoid feeling like it’s taking over your life, keep your training sessions short and to the point. An exercise done properly for a shorter period of time is much better than doing the exercise incorrectly for an hour. Go back to the basics if you have forgotten the focus of an exercise. This point can be a rut maker or breaker all on its own.
4. Get enough sleep
You are your instrument. Take care of yourself as you would take care of a guitar or a saxophone. Some of the best ways to do this is to get enough sleep. When it comes to singing ruts or motivation, sleep is a key ingredient. Without enough sleep the world can take on a grey hue that affects not just the way you view life, but also how effectively you accomplish daily tasks. Maintaining a regular training routine is highly improbable for someone with bad sleeping habits. Get to bed early and you may be surprised at how quickly you get out of that singing rut.
5. Listen to inspiring music
It’s obvious that you train so that you can sing to the best of your ability. So, keeping the end-goal in sight is a good strategy to avoid a singing rut. Whether it’s listening to your favourite singers or finding new artists, listen to learn. If someone is pulling off an interesting lick or phrase, try to imitate it. A training session is the time where you strengthen, correct and expand, but try to include listening and imitating into your vocal training sessions as well.
“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” Samuel Johnson