A lot of you might live in apartments with thin walls and feel embarrassed about singing and especially practicing those vocal exercises comfortably where others can here you. I know many of you resort to practicing in the car.
Some of you, are regular travelers and need to find a place whilst on the road, where you can still exercise the voice without feeling inhibited…staying in hotels.
When on stage for a performance, this is the part of us that we are happy to show to the world. The finished product. But the preparation to get us ready to be there, where we might make mistakes, we are experimenting, learning, warming up, trying new material…that is commonly the side of singing and public speaking which is not a public affair. We need to find a place where we are comfortable to perform these tasks.
As a singer and speaker, and particularly, someone who is establishing new techniques, it is important to exercise the voice on a daily basis. Your voice coach will hopefully have given you exercises to improve your breathing, strengthen your vocal cords, improve your range, pitch and vocal stamina.
So can you get over the phobia of practising when other people might hear you?
Firstly, I say…don’t be shy to be warming up your voice. It’s part of the preparation and it’s what will make you sound awesome on stage, and in everyday life as well as a speaker. If your a singer or a public speaker and your your good enough to have a gig, anyone hearing your warmups will not be thinking…oMg what an awful singer next door. Quite the opposite. Be bold and do what you have to do. Invite your neighbours to your gigs, rehearsals or to hear your run through your presentation or keynote.
Same when you are in a hotel. Who cares…you will most likely not have to see these guests again.
As for practicing in your car. It’s not a bad idea. Posture is not the best. But if you feel you have more privacy here and will be more effective then, it’s better than nothing at all. I do however recommend that you pull over and practice for the 10-20mins on the side of the road. Singing and vocalisation exercises can take quite a lot of concentration and some people even find the breathing can make them feel dizzy, so driving at the same time is not recommended.