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Hello, guys! I want to ask those who already improved in singing, how you improved? I mean, it's like you tried to do the same thing again and again, and it didn't work, but you continued and finally you got there? Or you always tried to do it different until you got it? Maybe I didn't formulate my question clear enough, because english is not my native language. Sorry for that. The point is: are you did it by repeating the same thing even it's not work for some period of time, or you tried to do it always changing your strategy?
When I first started here, I couldn't get half way up the scales without screeching, and straining. Now I do them top to bottom with very little trouble at all.
You have to know what, and how to practice to get good at anything in life. Getting the information is the first step. Then practice, practice, and practice. (that never stops no matter how good you get) You should always practice your craft or it will slowly diminish.
Pretend that your voice is like a boat on the ocean... You can paddle you guts out and get nowhere fast...
you can orient a map to your trusted compass and set your optimized course towards the best-case destination. You know you'll get there as you have all the directions you need, and it is just a matter of how hard you work at the oars.
*** Or you can just row in any direction and hope you'll eventually make landfall.
See the familiarity here?
Just send in a basic Lah-ah scale, as we can tell allot from that. As Ken says, "if the Lah sound isn't right, nothing will be right!"
Look forward to hearing where you are with it and helping you get to the next level
(Also, as I am sure I mentioned, the actual course is the map and compass)
P.S: you watch me how tomorrow I will be like: "erm...how am I did that yesterday?..."
To directly answer your question, yes, you do it over and over again trying to achieve all of the things that Ken has laid out as "perfect". Even if you are just mimicking what Ken is doing, as you do it the way he is telling you, you will begin to have aha moments were you will understand why Ken is asking you to do it a certain way. As an example when I started to do the lip burbles I just copied Ken. I just tried to focus on doing it the way that Ken did it. Eventually I was able to do them without interrupting the burble mid scale. Once I felt I was doing it "perfect" or exactly like Ken. I moved on. Later though as I watched the episodes again, I caught that Ken also wanted the lip burble to not push any air, so as to not blow out a candle. So I modified what was "perfect", and put the back of my hand near my mouth as I practiced to check for air flow, to ensure I was doing it perfectly. Of course I was no longer doing it "perfectly", so I did the exercises as usual with the new "perfect" and paid very close attention to when my air flow was at it's lowest and when it was at it's highest. I found that on the higher notes my air went down, so I tried to emulate that on the lower notes. After several days I had my aha moment and I figured out what it means to lift my soft palate. I think this helps illustrate what I am talking about, hopefully it will help you.
But I understand what you are saying and I'm gonna try it again and again untill I get there.
Good luck with your singing. I hope it brings you great satisfaction.
You know, I've been thinking...what you are just said reminds me of the movie called "Whiplash", when Fletcher said that Charlie Parker became Charlie Parker, because he didn't gave up. He was laughed off-stage, and spend that night crying. But what he did on the next day? He practices. And after a year he came out and give the world one of the best solo in history. But if on that night he'd thought "hey! I did it well, good job!" - that's it. No Bird.
And like Ken says: "The singer is only a singer, because he got the guts to be one".
So it wouldn't be easy. You just need to go on and don't matter how hard the road to your dreams is.