When one of my pupils who’d gone to Zanzibar for a recording session rang me up to inform me that they needed help with warming up their voice with some vocal exercises, the first thing I wanted to know was whether or not they had a training CD. Well, as it turned out, they did. But then they didn’t have a CD player. And this incident, believe it or not, is what inspired this article.
If you’ve been voice training for a while, you’ll most definitely know the importance of regularly doing the scales to train your voice. Now, let’s assume you’ll be travelling away from base and you don’t have your personal vocal coach travelling with you. The next best thing, obviously, would be to take prerecorded scales along with you on CD and play that on a portable music system—commonly known as boom box—to train inside your hotel room or wherever it is you will be residing. But, before you go out and buy just any old system, make sure you buy a piece of equipment that will run on both battery and electricity. The battery option will come in handy in case you run into a situation where there is no electricity. The show must go on, right?
Always begin your vocal training session with a quick breathing exercise. You can do this to prerecorded instruction, or simply do the breathing workout on your own providing you know exactly what you’re doing. If you’ve been training for a while, you WILL know what to do. Once your breathing is out of the way, do the scales to pre-recorded piano on CD played on your boom box. It’s really that simple, and it will guarantee a good vocal warm-up to enable you to deliver your very best. You may download some excellent mp3 vocal training exercises to burn to CD here!
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