American Idol Step 3 of 10 To Increase The Odds Of Getting On The Show

By Dennis Duncan

Step 3 to improve the likelihood of getting on any vocal reality show should be that you may want to consider getting in shape or working out.

Not all Idol winners are super thin models and you don't have to be either. But, frequenting the gym couldn't hurt anyone if you do the right workout A well-designed body will also help you to have a sound mind. Take vitamins too.

Your voice is a muscle. You need to take care of it. You may want to be singing at least one to two hours a day: exercising your vocal chords and strengthening them. I'm talking about really allocating the time to properly sing and rehearse everyday for what may be the most telling opportunities of your life. So, take it seriously. Proper posture and technique are essential if you want to excel. Sitting in your car and singing isn't the best way to develop your technique and style.

If your vocal chords can't handle it and you can't sing two hours a day, then you should sing 30 minutes a day for one week, then the following week boost it up to 1 hour everyday, then the next week bump it up to 1 1/2 hours and so on. The stronger your vocal chords the less likely that your chords will get fatigued. I'm sure you've heard this before but practice makes perfect. At my peak vocal capabilities I could sing a straight 7-8 hours without becoming fatigued. But, I knew what I was doing and didn't burn myself out with improper vocal techniques.

Once you improve your stamina, then another exercise you can do is to go for a slow jog. When you are jogging or working out, try singing at the same time. It is very hard to do. It will help you get your wind up and also teach you to how move around and sing at the same time. You'll need to be capable of this.

In our next step, step 4, we'll discuss vocal coaching and vocal training plus more!

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