Warm Up Your Voice for Singing
Learn how to keep your voice strong and healthy. Want to sing at your best? Try these warm ups.
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10 Vocal Warm Ups for Singers
1. Start With Good Posture
Singing your best requires good airflow to create your best sound. Good posture builds good airflow. Align your body for good posture whether you are standing or sitting to sing.
2. Breathe Deeply and Relaxed
Use the deep part of your lungs. Most people tend to use only the top of their lungs. Place a hand on your stomach and take a deep breath. Breath so your hand moves outward and upward, instead of your chest and shoulders. This means your diaphragm is in action. Now relax, be conscious of your core, and stay loose. If there is tension in your breathing, that radiates to the muscles of your voice box. You can train yourself to breathe better.
3. Exercise the Diaphragm
Your diaphragm will help you create the best airflow for singing. Try this exercise:
4. Relax Your Jaw
Releasing the jaw reduces tension in the mouth and jaw area during singing. Your hands can massage the facial muscles:
5. Stretch Mouth, Tongue, and Neck
For any physical activity, it’s good to stretch the muscles that will be in use. For singing, that includes the mouth, lips, tongue, and neck muscles.
6. Practice Sounds: Sirens, Kazoos
Some fun warm ups involve making sounds. Sirens and kazoos are classic warm ups for singers.
7. Do Lip and Tongue Trills
These are fun and really work to release tension. They relax the lips and tongue and also engage your breathing and voice.
Lip Trills: Do a “raspberry” with your lips.
8. Sing Sung
This is like the siren, only making an “ng” sound. Take the word “sung.” Leave off the “s” and sing the rest, “ung.” Keep your mouth closed. All sound should travel out the nose. Start low and go high and back again. Practice several sweeps, releasing higher and higher into your range.
9. Run Through Some Scales
Doing scales warms up your voice slowly, with an eye towards extending towards the top and bottom of your range.
10. Use Humming
Humming is another great way to warm up through scales. All the air is directed through the nostrils so that the resonating cavities and sinuses help bring the sound alive. Lips closed, jaw relaxed. Make the sound mmmm as you glide up and down the scales. Humming is also a great way to cool down the voice after singing.
Warm up exercises take the tension off your voice to prevent strain. Singing professionals know that a warmed up voice recovers much faster than a non-warmed up voice. Keep your vocal apparatus healthy and strong.
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