Preparing for an upcoming performance, audition or recital? Singing is one of the best preparation exercises you can do. It's very simple - sing and then play music. What could be easier?!
So much of the practice that we do is very analytical and it has to be in order to master the instrument. But mastering the instrument is just and means to and end so we can tell our stories through music. Ultimately we want to communicate whats in our hearts.
In preparing to perform we have to release the analytical side of our thinking and begin to 'practice performing.' Singing is one of the best and easiest ways to begin letting go and getting in touch with what we really want to say when we perform.
So don't think about it, just do it! Sing the phrase/passage/excerpt with complete commitment. Sing honestly what is in your heart. Then play with the same abandon. When you're playing your instrument sing in your head as you just did with your voice and enjoy telling your story.