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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Your New Practice Routine and Tips

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In this lesson, I'm simply going to
itemize details regarding
the practicing of the those rib cage
exercises we just went over.
Some of these tips I already gave you but
I want to just pull them all forward so
we list them out.
The first thing is, the rib cage exercises
are best done earlier in the day
because your body is fresh, it's a
wonderful way of waking up.
And as I already mentioned anything can
happen during the rest of the day and
you know you've gotten them done.
The other thing is that muscles develop
after they've been exercised, so
it gives you the whole day for the muscles
to go through the evolution
that they will from the exercising that
you've done.
Now, you might be a night owl and for you,
it might be easier to do them at night,
but I want you to really take a look at
what is your basic lifestyle and when
do you feel that doing these exercises are
going to get you the most mileage and
the most success at actually getting them
into your schedule.
You'll be practicing, as I mentioned
before, wings first.
So I want you to, wings is a old nickname
that I've given exercise two.
That's the one where you're using your
arms and stretching for
six, keeping the ribs expanded, stretching
for another count of six and
doing those alternate breaths.
Arms down, ribs fall.
So that's the second rib cage exercise.
You no longer have to practice the first
rib cage exercise.
That served its purpose.
It's only the second one.
And I'd like you again to practice that
for one week by itself.
And then add the third ribcage exercise,
which is the one where you're counting out
When you're first getting into these
it's very important to pay atten,
attention to detail and
re-watch the instruction video and compare
it to how you're doing it.
You get better with it as you practice it.
It won't be perfect right from the
Know that and give yourself the license to
have a little confusion,
not be able to keep the rib cage open that
easily, if that's true.
You're building muscles, and as well,
better communication with your body,
with your instrument.
And doing something that you most likely
never have done before.
So just be methodical about it.
As I also mentioned, don't watch TV.
Don't listen to fast-paced music,
put on some nice music instead that gives
you a sense of space and
it's relaxed, and just go through the pace
of the exercise.
If you do other things in between your
it will make it seem like it takes forever
to get your exercising done.
So if you can just stay disciplined for
this small period of time and
wait a moment after one repetition then go
right into the next,
you'll find that you'll get them done in a
much shorter period of time,
and it will be easier to put it into your
daily practice.
Again, the more discipline you maintain
now in doing these exercises, the faster
you get the results of it and
the sooner I can take you off of doing the
exercises and that's it.
Then you have the technique to use to the
greatest benefits possible.
Next thing is it's best to not do them on
a full stomach.
So it's better if you're doing them in the
to do it before you eat your breakfast
rather than after.
By having food in your stomach that's not
yet digested your, you know, your, your
stretching your ribs which is lowering
your diaphragm and keeping it there.
And on all this food, cuz the stomach is
directly underneath your diaphragm.
So it's gonna give your diaphragm a bit of
resistance and
can feel very uncomfortable.
You may also want to decide where in your
home or if you have a practice studio,
where there you're going to designate as,
this is my practice space.
Really create it for yourself.
Whether, whether you're a professional or
a beginner or a hobbyist, doesn't matter.
We want to get you the best results, the
fastest amount of time we can.
And as long as you take a professional
attitude about it, regardless of
the degree of professionalism you might be
implementing in your life.
The professional attitude will accomplish
the reasons why
anybody might be on this, site and going
through these lesson.
And, I know the results that this can give
you because I have given
these results to tens of thousands of
singers now around the world.
And I am happy to include you as one of
the happy many [LAUGH] to achieve
the results that the ribcage expansion
will give you when you're singing.
The final thing is that once you start
doing the third rib cage exercise, which
again is the one that you're talking and
counting out loud to eight, those, the,
the two exercises,
this one count to six, ribs open, count to
six, breaths.
That's rib cage exercise two.
Plus ribcage exercise three where you're
You're gonna do those two exercises
together after the first week.
So, first week you just do ribcage
exercise two.
Starting with the second week, you add on,
first as I discussed with you, mini sets
of the third rib cage exercise.
So you're doing those two together though,
back to back.
And then, you move on to full sets of the
third exercise.
And they will stay as your duo physical
rib cage exercises for
some number of weeks.
A little later in our lessons, I'll be
checking in with you about that.
Have fun with them.