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!)
I typically create warm-ups that have an intention. For this particular warm-up this was my plan:
Warm-Up Plan: Soft Palate
This is a great warm-up session to strengthen the muscles that move the soft palate.
- Start with an easy palate exercise, something simple to get things moving
- Incorporate an exercise that utilizes [p], which has proven to help lift the soft palate! 🙂
- Take a break and release tension, use a non-singing exercise to lift soft palate
- Use an exercise incorporating the letter [k] (which has proven to help lift the soft palate) while warming up head voice
- Use an exercise that is descending, still with [k] while warming up chest voice
- Use an exercise that the singer will enjoy and have fun with AND lift the soft palate!
- Start Repertoire!
Click on the exercise to learn tips for teaching and singing it.
- pae-pee-pae-pee-pae – (you may get a few chuckles out of this one if you have a younger crowd-if it bothers you- sing with [k])
- Stretch face and neck, open [i] nasal, non-nasal (try plugging nose)
10 Minute Warm-Up: Strengthen the muscles of the soft palate:
Do you have a favorite warm-up? Please share in the comments!