Welcome to The Voice Connection Sound Off; a forum for users of books like Raise Your Voice, Melody to Madness, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and Unleash Your Creative Mindset, as well as a place for Vendera Vocal Academy members to interact.

This message board was created so that singers could come together and "sound off" to help support each other during vocal development and the creative process of unleashing the creative spark that occurs when writing and producing music. Currently, myself and vocal coaches Ben Valen, Ray West, and Ryan Wall are here to respond periodicially to your questions, with new vocal coaches coming soon. But, feel free to help each other too:)

This board is here for you to ask questions about my and my fellow coach's books, videos, and MP3 programs, as well as offer others help with our vocal techniques. You may also post videos of yourself and your band to share your music and ask for critiques.

Please refrain from negative comments, profanities, spamming, and inappropriate criticisms of vocal methodologies, vocal coaches, and singers. All negative posts will be deleted and subject to banning without question. I will not respond to negative posts, because, as Mark Twain once said, “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” With that said, positive criticism is welcome because that is how you'll grow as a singer during the training process.

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Morning Practice

Hi everyone. I'm new to singing. I practice every day, but because of my busy life, the practice can sometimes by a little haphazard and unfocused. The solution to my problem would be; Wake up at 5am and practice from 60 to 90 mins before my wife and kids wake up... however, my voice is really rough and hard to get warmed up, as you'd imagine...

Is it ok to practice first thing in the morning and does anyone have any advice to get my voice going first thing in the morning?

Thank you,

Re: Morning Practice

Jaime talks about warming up in chapter 19 (page 204-228) in his book Raise Your Voice . And yes practicing in the morning is fine. Just make sure you warm up before you do any vocal exercises, talking, and singing .
Gargle, lip bubbles, and humming are great for warming up ! (In the book as well)