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! 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: Vowels
This is a great warm-up to focus on creating great vowels.
- Create exercises that focus on vowels.
- Start with something middle voice
- Use an exercise that will also play upon last weeks lesson: strengthen soft palate muscles
- Incorporate a rhythmic pattern
- Warm-Up Head voice and incorporate [v] to encourage the vocal cords to come together completely for a clear tone
- Introduce octaves in a fun, light way that teaches open vowels on top and closed on bottom (for women – reverse for men)
All of these exercises have not yet been featured on kathywurster.com. Because of this, I have included the note pattern in numbers. I would encourage you to listen to the whole 10 minute warm-up so you get some tips for each of these new warm-ups. Enjoy!
- Nee-Nay-Nah-Noh-New; 132435421
- ee-ay-ah; 123454321, 123454321, 123454321
- Ko-Kah-Kae-Kee-Kue; 5315, 5313, 5313, 5313
- ee-oh-ay, ee-oh-ay, ee-oh-ay, ee-oh-ay, ee; In triplets: 555, 444, 333, 222, 1
- Vi-Va Vi-Va, Vi-Va; 15, 15, 123454321
- Tee-ah, Tee-ah, Tee-ah, Fah-ee, Fah-ee, Fah-ee
Confession: This is just a shmidge longer than 10 minutes. I know, I know, BUT last week was shorter!! It’ll be worth it, I promise.
Thank you so much for joining me for the last three weeks of 10-Minute Warm-Up Lessons. If you have enjoyed these warm-ups or would like to request a warm-up for a specific problem, please leave a comment!
Here are the other 10-Minute Warm-Ups in this series: