Thee is no secret to success in ventriloquism other than practice, so I am going to let this installment be a short piece on how to do that. The first rule of practice is that practice does not make perfect! PERFECT PRACTICE makes perfect! In essence that means that you need to know what you are doing and practice doing things the correct way. If you practice your technique incorrectly you will simply be reinforcing bad habits and traits you must later break.

Next break your routine in to smaller pieces which makes it manageable. Divide your routine into thirds and practice the beginning until you know it by heart, then do the same for the middle and the end.

Build the routine into a whole after you know the parts. That way each one will flow into the next and you won’t be defeated by trying to learn an entire routine at once. As Brian Tracy, the great motivational speaker says, “inch by inch it’s a cinch…yard by yard, it’s hard!” Learn your routine by inches.

I also suggest breaking your practice sessions into 15-20 minute bits, several times per day. You don’t want to run the risk of making your throat sore, so by doing his gradually you will get the maximum from your sessions. Also keep a glass of water with you at all times to keep your throat hydrated. You don’t want to go dry and hurt your vocal mechanism while doing your practice.

Know the difference between rehearsal and practicing. You practice individual parts of your show, but you rehearse the entire performance. So in the beginning you work on your routine or routines, and when you have them down pat, you then rehearse he entire show.

These are jus a few of my rules for practicing. I will do a part two of this in another blog. Enjoy your practice sessions…these make you who you want to be!

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