4 Vocal Warmups to Add to Your Daily Routine

The same way that athletes prepare by stretching out their bodies and muscles, and running through potential plays, singers have to warm themselves up before a performance or rehearsal.  As a vocalist, the best thing that you could possibly do for yourself on a daily basis is to warm up your voice! Not only do  warm ups and exercises help you improve your skills and learn how to sing properly, but it also warms up your vocal cords allowing you to produce a fuller more professional sound. 

There are THREE main benefits for warming up your voice before singing:

  • It increases and stabilizes the blood flow to the vocal cords and muscles that are used to produce sound and control your voice.
  • It thins out any mucus secretion or build up that you may have hiding in your vocal folds.
  • It makes it easier for you to be able to use your chest and head voice, and switch back and forth with ease between the two, as well.

You are not being forced to exert an immense amount of energy or time into warming up. You simply need to put aside at least  minut5-10 minutes before any rehearsal, practice, or performance to make sure your voice is fully ready. Once you’re all warmed up properly, you can sing for longer periods of time with less effort to do so. 

4 Vocal Warm ups That You Can Add to Your Daily Routine

The Scales – This is one of the most common and most useful vocal warm ups that you can do! This warm up allows you to stop slipping in and out of the tune while you’re singing. It also makes your sound stronger, and allows you to work on your range over time!

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCxmDUl8__U           

Tongue Trills – This exercise is done by using air to vibrate your tongue. First you place your tongue directly behind your upper row of teeth. Take a deep breath, then exhale and vibrate your tongue to the sound of an “r”. Hold your breath, sound, and voice steady as you do this exercise.

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO8fk6NO5wM     

Lip Trills – This is similar to tongue trills, except you are going to use your lips this time. This exercise will help you build up endurance while exhaling and inhaling. Better breathing always leads to better singing. Loosen up your lips and make sure they’re relaxed. Vibrate your lips to the sound of “r” on one breath, and aim for at least 4 counts!

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyFdwHrMV6o

Tongue Twisters – This is a fun and amazing way to work on diction and pronunciation while you sing. It’s easy to get stumped on words or phrases that get twisted together, so the best way to avoid that is to practice! Do some tongue twisters to get your tongue, voice and body ready to sing!

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjm53hzsKPw

We hope that you find these vocal warm ups useful! If you’re interested in learning through voice lessons, we offer them here at Harmony Lessons! If it’s your first time with us, it’s ON US! Click the button below to register for your first FREE lesson today! See you soon 😉

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