They are many ways to practise scales. My favourite method is as follows. I set the metronome at a nice comfortable speed, 60 to the quarter note. I play the scale in quarters, then eighths, then triplets (for a two octave scale play the scale 3x in a row so that you end up on the downbeat), then sixteenths.
The reed after you is the most important part of your instrument keep it working by doing the following...
Singing in tune is a difficult thing. It requires 1) a technique that allows you the comfort and flexibility to adjust your pitches quickly and freely and 2) a constant awareness of everything around you and 3) knowing what to listen for.
As singers, we may have days when we are physically compromised and are struggling with technique, then we have words to deal with sometimes in a foreign language words that we have to pronounce correctly and interpret. We also have our facial expression and in the case of an opera or musical or actions and or dancing.
Being nervous can add another complication. It is a lot to juggle and a lot of elements fighting for our attention. All of it is important, however the one that will be noticed the most will be the tuning. It doesn't matter how big your voice is or how lovely the tone or how well you act, if you sing out of tune it isn't pleasant to listen to and will even give the listener the impression that your voice is not that beautiful.
How do we fix it?
Private performance April 14
PGSO April 21
Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30