jonpall Posted May 3, 2011 Share Posted May 3, 2011 I'm curious to hear what some of you geniouses think about the ratio between vocal exercises and songs. Some people, like Mark Baxter, f.ex., think that when a singer is practising, he/she should pretty much entirely do vocal exercises and save the singing until live performances or rehearsals. Others, like CVT, are in the opposite spectrum and think that you should work mostly on songs - not complete songs and not sung at normal speed, but a section of a song, a phrase, even a single tough word, sung over and over, fairly slowly, then building up speed, until you can do it well at normal speed. They do however tell you that before doing this, you should do a few but short vocal exercises with the same sound you're gonna be using in the song - but once you can produce the sound, don't spend too much time doing the sound just in the exercise - do it in the song, where you have complex melodies, dynamics, both consonants and vowels, etc. There is a third way, perhaps a variation of the second, which is just improvising random words and melodies that don't really make sense, but can be very helpful, too. I've done all of these methods from time to time. Right now I'm leaning towards the second or the third way, even though I still do a bit of sirens as almost my only vocal exercise these days (and some lip rolls and easier stuff if I'm sick but have a gig that day and can't back out). What do you guys do? What do you think is the best ratio between those two or three methods? And most importantly, for you vocal coaches here, do you know if any statistical experiments have been done to try to find out the success rate of those 2-3 methods? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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