With many types of training it’s often helpful to take days off from the primary area of training and to focus on training in other related areas – eg, cross training.
For singing, areas of cross training might include playing the following instruments
Overall, the Piano is probably the most versatile and is widely used for teaching and understanding music theory. The keys are laid out so that you can quickly identify notes (something not always as obvious on a guitar or flute for example). This makes playing scales, building chords, and understanding harmonies a snap.
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Some of the vocal benefits of cross training with piano include:
- Getting a better visual understanding of practice scales
- Being able to play your part and harmonies
- Accompanying yourself
- Overall expansion of music understanding