Warming up your vocal apparatus is extremely important in the care and preparation needed to sing your very best. We should become greater connected with the various parts that make it possible to sing.
These consist of breath support (the lungs and diaphram), vibration (vocal cords in the larynx), and a series of resonant chambers (the pharynx, the mouth, and the nasal cavities. These are all made up of delicate parts that need control, development and and expansion without the cause for straining. Starting with some gentle stretches and sing exercises can get you ready for your next singing session.
As you know, tension can be detrimental to your capacity to sing. Keep in mind just how many large and tiny muscles you are flexing, and the amount of energy it requires to engage all of those muscles while belting out your favorite tune!
Essentially we are creating muscle resistance, which in turn causes tension. It is, therefore, crucial to warm up those larger muscles and prepare them, as a long distance runner would before a run. How? Simply by stretching and using vocal warm-up exercises, thus reducing stress, relaxing those muscles, in effect fine 'tuning' our body the way you would a guitar.
If the strings are too tight, the guitar will sound out of tune.Not to mention over stressing the strings can cause them to break. Do you see the connection?
Here are 10 simple and fun stretches to get you warmed up and ready to howl the night away! There's no doubt you'll look and feel really silly, but these are highly effective at relaxing you and reducing tension.
Now we will begin to cover a few basic vocal exercises to now prepare your muscles in your mouth, throat, tongue, and diaphragm. Applying these simple warm-up techniques will make your breath control, articulation, projection, range, and tone much easier to produce when about to perform or practice. All professionals will set aside time for warm-up before a performance. Running through a number of scales, breathing exercises, and stretching.
In this lesson will we cover 4 simple exercises including Lip Rolls, Humming, Slides & Sirens, and Tongue Trills. Provided below are explanations of the movements.
As you try each of the exercises, keep in mind that you perform these using good posture, standing balanced keeping your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Take some deep breaths, employing the full power of your diaphragm. Avoid anything that could constrict the throat including alcohol, coffee, soda pop, and never practice singing when you have a throat infection.
Now that your body is stretched out and relaxed, you can begin a 5 minute warm up. Follow along with th video below to complete your singing warm up session. From there you should be ready to start practicing the songs you want to improve upon.
The real key to strengthening your voice is singing as much as you can. But in order to accomplish this, you need to habitually build up your singing stamina through the above exercises and techniques. So commit a little time before you begin your practice or performance. Think of what an athlete does to prepare even before practicing...they warm-up!
We hope you enjoyed some of these basic warm-up exercises, and encourage you to put them into practice daily.If you are serious about taking your singing to the next level, please don't forget to get your copy of "How To Improve Your Singing Voice" eBook free for signing up to our newsletter program that shares free singing tips as well as offering specific training on different singing goals.