4 Tips to Create the Perfect Space to Practice Voice

Where to Practice Voice

Practice Room
A typical practice room at a school of music. Image courtesy of Anthony Easton via flickr cc license

Finding a place to practice voice may be as simple as setting up a space in your own home, or you may need to look elsewhere to practice. Remember these suggestions create the best practice environment, but real life is not picture-perfect. Apply what you can. You may need to be creative to find a space for singing.

Private

To avoid self-consciousness, beginning singer’s should find a private space to practice.

For instance, a child practicing voice might be intimidated to sing out when a parent is around to listen, especially if that same parent is likely to give critiques. Additionally, a private space is less likely to provide distractions from the task at hand. The entire focus during practice time should be on singing. For most, that means finding a private space to do so. If you cannot find a space at home, then you might try finding a space at a local university, church, or community center. Sometimes libraries have soundproof rooms. Your car might be a safe place to practice. Though it is less effective to do other things such as drive while singing, it may be your best bet if the lack of privacy anywhere else is holding you back. It also provides an easy solution for finding time to sing. Singing in the shower may also provide some privacy. Likewise, some people like to sing with a white noise machine on or a fountain.

Fairly Soundproof

For those who share wall spaces, as in apartment and townhome living, a fairly soundproofed room is best. The long-term solution may be to add insulation between shared walls. Otherwise, singing in the bathroom is often the least disturbing to neighbors. Vents may still carry your sound, but because of plumbing, bathrooms tend to be one on top of each other and next to one another.

People do not tend to spend hours in the bathroom no matter how high maintenance, and often the sound of water or flushing toilets will drown out your sound anyway. You may also choose to place a pillow over vents, close windows, and sing away from shared walls. As long as you do not mind being heard and the neighbors do not mind the sound, then sing without fear.

Large Enough to Project Your Voice

Ideally the perfect practice space should be big enough for you to feel you can project your voice. A small, muffled room tends to encourage quiet singing, which does not work in larger rooms where people tend to actually perform. Unfortunately, practice rooms at colleges and universities tend to be about the size of a cubicle. When possible, you may look for larger unused lecture halls to sing in during the evenings. Sometimes you might even get lucky and find a recital hall is unlocked. You may not be completely alone, so you may have to choose between privacy and a larger space.

Have an Instrument and/or Sound Equipment

Some kind of instrument is important in order to find starting pitches. A guitar is by far the cheapest instrument to purchase, more mobile than a piano, and it is relatively easy to learn basic chords.

However, they require constant tuning themselves. Though you can purchase a tuning fork to do so, ideally your practice space will include a piano. A digital piano with the ability to record makes it possible to record piano accompaniment as you sing. You may then practice later to your recorded accompaniment. If a digital piano is not available, some repertoire books have a CD accompaniment. Recording equipment is also useful, so you can record your practice and play it back to hear how you sound. Several free and affordable apps may provide starting pitches and/or the ability to record.