It has always been part of practicing to record yourself and control your singing. But it has never been as easy as it is today since every cell phone offers a recording function in pretty good quality, and professional-grade recording software is even available as freeware. This feature shows you how best to design practice with recordings and which setup you need for it.
Considerations for singing exercises through digital recordings
With recordings, you can control singing exercises and the correct pitch, as well as improve the interpretation and learning of entire songs. In order for a digital practice to be a success, you should consider a few things:
1. Keep the technical hurdle as small as possible. If you feel like practicing, you should be ready to record as quickly and easily as possible. If you have to look for your microphone first or if you fail to operate recording software, you no longer want to practice.
2. Give yourself time to get used to your own voice. It is perfectly normal for most people to find their own voice awful at first on a recording. Do not get confused and proceed analytically. What sounded good? What bad? The more you record yourself, the more you will like your voice.
3. Practice when you are alone or have people around you who do not mind your attempts at singing. The feeling of disturbance constricts your throat.
4. Keep your recordings. So after a while, you can compare the different stages of the exercise and hear how you get better.
5. Be patient but determined and disciplined to achieve your goal. Exercise regularly. Those who practice regularly get better. There’s no way around it.
6. Don’t set your goals too high. Starting with a difficult R&B title as a beginner is not wise. Take a song that has a few vocal difficulties but is basically manageable. Make a plan with sub-goals and songs that get harder at each sub-goal level until you are so good at mastering your dream song. This saves you frustration and increases the chances that you will stay on the ball.
7. And finally the most important point: Have fun when practicing singing with recordings!