There’s a tendency to develop a sort of “tunnel vision” when you keep doing the same thing over and over for some time. This also applies to singing because things can get stale after a while.
There are a few ways to help you take a step back and break out of your funk if you’re experiencing “singer’s block”:
#1: Schedule a Refresher
Somewhere down the line, you might be slipping up here and there. While you’re generally good at signing, it does help to re-evaluate things and see if any bad habits have crept back into your repertoire.
Don’t worry if you find yourself making some old mistakes. All singers can use a little tightening up every now and then, much like sending a car for a maintenance check-up.
See a vocal coach (look up your old one if you can) to help you identify any areas of improvement. Another pair of ears will give you the perspective you need to stay on top of your game.
#2: Branch Out
Perhaps you’ve been focusing too much on a certain genre or a vocal style. You can keep things fresh by dabbling in other fields to broaden your musical horizons. Break out your old music collection from your college days and see if you can still sing to your favorite songs that you haven’t heard in a while.
This way, you’re shifting your attention to songs you used to love while keeping track of the styles and techniques that you might have forgotten along the way.
#3: Back to Basics
It is always a good idea to do a self evaluation every now and then by recording a video of yourself singing. This is to ensure that you are still on the right track and identify any mistakes.
Factors such as proper posture, breath support and tone placement are very important things that you should not take for granted. Watching yourself go through the motions will tighten up your technique. These will help you reacquaint yourself with the basics of singing that you should always practice.
The last things you want are extreme facial tension or a sloppy posture to ruin your performance and make you sound ugly. So seeing yourself in action will help you pinpoint any potential problems.
Make it a habit to start your day with some physical and vocal exercises. These will rid your body of tension, keep you relaxed and make your singing muscles flexible.
For instance, you can try the rag doll exercise. Stand with your feet apart. Remember to keep your balance. Now, bend forward like a puppet with limbs hanging loosely. Shake your arms a bit then let them dangle. These exercises help relieve tension and promotes good posture.
As a vocal exercise, lip trills enable you to feel movement as you release air through your mouth and nose. As you do lip trills, you will feel your lips vibrate. Although it may be an itchy exercise for some, but it can definitely improve your endurance as a singer.
Keep your lips relax and loose and let the air pass freely through them. This will result in a vibration as your lips flap. You can try placing a finger at the corners of your mouth to make it easier.
Every singer needs an occasional break from their routine, including you. Don’t treat singing as a monotonous exercise that you have to repeat over and over again. Your eyes are bound to glaze over at some point.
Remember, you are not a robot so a little variety from time to time is good for your mind and body. These 4 singing tips may be simple but they are essential to your success!