If you’ve been here before you can skip these beginning paragraphs and jump to the warm-up. If it’s your first time, read on! Every Wednesday I share a vocal tip or warm-up. After 17 years of teaching people how to sing I have so many tips!
As a voice teacher I am frequently approached for vocal warm-ups for use in a choir or as a soloist. I LOVE warm-ups and think it’s crucial to use them whenever you’re going to sing. I know it’s an easy step to skip when you are practicing (because who doesn’t want to get to the fun stuff like songs?), but it can also be THE tool that takes you or your choir from average to AHHHMAZING! The trick is knowing which warm-ups you or your choir needs, when to use it and why it works.
That’s A LOT of variables! It’s also the main reason why I don’t like giving a warm-up on the fly. Warm-ups are most effective when used mindfully. It’s really difficult for me to explain all the crucial elements in a short amount of time. Having warm-ups is one thing, but knowing how to use them is a whole other matter. My hope is that Vocal Wednesdays can help you not only find warm-ups you like, but help you learn what skill each warm-up can teach and then be able to use it at the appropriate time.
Sometimes you’re in need of an easy warm-up with simple text. This light, happy warm-up could easily become a choir favorite.
Pronunciation: Singing in the rain what a happy day!
Note pattern: 1234585854321
Solfège:do re me fa sol do sol do sol fa mi re do
***** Download Printable Warm-Up HERE
WHAT KEY OR NOTE SHOULD I START ON?
I would start in the key of C or D.
WHEN DO I USE THIS?
This is a great warm-up for middle voice/speaking range.
This exercise is an opportunity to teach legato singing for larger intervals. It has intervals of a second and a fourth.
- Be careful not to add any extra h’s while connecting the word ‘rain’
- This should be sung legato
- Stick to an octave and half in range. This is not a great exercise for head voice for either gender.
- This exercise is a great opportunity to work on the diphthongs ‘rain’ and ‘day’. Isolate them in this warm-up and then go straight to repertoire and apply it.
What vocal warm-ups are you using this week? Are you struggling with a technical problem? Write in the comments or message me on Facebook and I’d be happy to help you.