Practice Tip #5: Woodshedding Required

5. Woodshedding? Instrumentalists probably know this term better than singers. It means working out the kinks in a tough passage. This is how you do it:

  • PICK YOUR PASSAGE: It may have tough intervals or lots of notes (melismas/runs) or lots of words, but for whatever reason, you're having a tough time getting it right.

  • SLOW DOWN: Take the slowest tempo necessary for you to sing/play each note accurately.

  • For singers: focus on notes & rhythms first on neutral syllable, then speak the text in rhythm, then put it all together!

  • For instrumentalists: work out that fingering

  • TAKE TIME to work out the kinks at that slower tempo.

  • REPEAT & INCREASE: Repeat the passage and gradually increase the tempo as you continue to sing/play it correctly.

  • CELEBRATE each passage you sing/play with fewer errors. You're getting there!

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