Vocal recording is its own art. Singing in a studio is nothing like giving a live performance or practicing. Preparation for recording is every bit as important as your preparation for a show. Plus, your recording is around forever. If you give a less that great show, it’s just one show.
6 Vocal Recording Tips for Singers
- Know your music cold. Have no question what about what melody you’re going to sing, what the words are, and what your best key is for this song.
- Determine in advance the subtle nuances you want on your recording: Phrasing, rhythmic variations, where you’re going to breathe, dynamic subtleties, the minute details of your runs and riffs.
- Focus on the story of the song. Because you did step #2, you can now give most of your attention to your story telling. A technically strong recording is important, but what makes a great recording is the subtle nuances of the story telling.
- Pre-determine who the audience in your mind is. Singing to a wall seldom yields a nuanced and vibrant recording. Be specific about your intended audience and sing your heart out to them.
- Be in your best vocal health: hydrate, rest, nutrition, exercise. Establish the habits of hydrating consistently, sleeping, protecting your voice by not overusing when speaking, eating healthfully, and exercising almost daily.
- Get your head in its best space. Practice positivity, gratitude, and some form of meditation. This allows you to positively influence your emotions and thinking.
Be your best by taking the time and energy to prepare for your vocal recording session. Practice your mindset every day. Honor your instrument by taking charge of your vocal health. Sing full heartedly and fearlessly. And take the time to solidify your technique and musicality. Follow these vocal recording tips for singers for your success in the studio.