Welcome to Vocal Wednesdays. For the last 8 months I have shared vocal tips and warm-ups to help you cultivate a healthy voice. In the spirit of Back to School, I am offering 4 weeks of 10-minute warm-ups. From start to finish, I will have the pleasure of warming your lovely voice! I will include an audio of the full 10 minutes, a list of the exercises included, PLUS an audio recording sample, pronunciation guide and tips for EACH exercise. Friends, it doesn’t get better than this!
Who is this warm-up for?
These warm-ups can be for choir directors looking for a pre-designed warm-up, for students looking to get back in shape before auditions, for voice teachers who are looking for something new or if you are just starting to explore your voice as a beginner you may need a little guidance on how to get in shape. It’s all here for the next four weeks. If you haven’t already, this is a great opportunity to sign up for my newsletter (upper right hand corner of the blog) so you don’t miss a single note! (pun intended. lol!)
10 MINUTE WARM-UP:
- Stretching: stretching arms over head, shoulder rolls, neck rolls, stretching side body/rib cage
- Tee-ay, tee-ah, tee-oh-oh-oh
- I know I know I know
Though the stretching is not a vocal warm-up, it’s important to remind your singers the voice is connected to the body. Releasing tension, stretching the muscles involved in singing, and incorporating movement while singing allow the singer to make that connection.
I typically create warm-ups that follow a pattern. For this particular warm-up this was my plan:
This is a great warm-up to ease your singers (or yourself) into singing on a regular basis, particularly if they’ve (you’ve) had a significant time off (aka: summer).
- Start with something easy
- Encourage the vocal cords to come fully together to create clear tone
- Take a break and release tension, connect to the breath
- Add energy and warm-up a little higher
- Warm-up the head voice
- Warm-up the chest voice
- Start Repertoire! 🙂