Whether you keep your singing in the shower or you think you can give Adele a run for her money, Songmaker will be providing you with some essential tips that will help you get the most from your voice. What better way to prepare for your Songmaker experience?!
This post is all about the importance of warming up your vocals.
Did you know: Your vocal cords are muscles not much thicker than your finger nail!
This means they are delicate and need looking after! It is important to warm up before singing. I mean you wouldn’t run a marathon without warming up first, right?
Singing with cold vocal cords is like blowing up a balloon without stretching it out first, only you put your voice at risk too. This results in reduced range, strain, lack of stamina and if continued it can lead to more severe health issues such as nodules.
Here are some ways to warm up:
Guideline time: 15 minutes
Warmup 1: Breath Relaxation
This exercise helps to release tension often associated in the breathing mechanism which can interfere with effective voice projection. Normally if there is tension/nervousness when breathing, it will radiates to the vocal muscles. Take a normal breath and then exhale. Make sure your shoulders and chest are low and relaxed. Repeat many times making sure that your breaths are concentrated low in the abdomen and that there is not associated chest, neck, or shoulder tension while breathing. You can place one hand on your abdomen to remind you to keep the focus low and away from the chest and shoulders. Hold an “s” sound like a hiss when you exhale.
Warmup 2: Jaw Release
This helps to reduce tension in the mouth and jaw area when you sing. Place the heels of your hands directly below the cheek bones. Push in and down from the cheeks to the jaw massaging the facial muscles. Passively open your jaw as you move your hands down the face. Repeat this exercise several times.
Warmup 3: Lips Trills
This exercise will help to release tensions in the lip and in the vocal folds. Start by placing your lips loosely together and let your breath be released from your mouth, with your lips vibrating in a relaxed manner to create a trill or ‘brbrbrbr’ (blowing raspberry) sound. If you still find yourself struggling to vibrate your lips freely, place your fingers on both sides of your face and gently push into your cheeks, then push your fingers outwards to support the lip muscles. Once you are comfortable enough to produce the trill sound using just your lips and breath, you can progress on producing a single note with your voice whilst doing this exercise.
Warm Up 4: Two Octave Pitch glide
This little exercise is great for stretching the vocal cords out ensuring they are ready for action. Take a deep low breath and start in a low pitch ( as low as you can comfortably go) and gently glide up the scale on a “me” sound. Now glide back down the scale from the top to the bottom on an “e” sound.
Warm Up 5: Sirens and kazoos
This is one of the more fun vocal warm ups to do. To do the sirens, simply mimic the sound of a siren! Start by making the “ooo” sound and then the “wooah wooah wooah” sound . Start from a low note and then when you reach your highest note, hold it for 4-5 seconds and gently slide back down to the low note. Repeat 2-3 times
To do a kazoo sound, pretend you are sucking in spaghetti with an inhalation. As you exhale, make a “woo” sound. It sound like a buzz. Hold this sound steady and go from low to high on the scale. Repeat several times.
Warm Up 6: Humming
Begin by making sure your lips are closed. Inhale deeply and when you exhale, do a “hum” sound”. Experiment with the pitch whilst moving from high to low and low to high
There you have it folks. By using these 7 warmup exercises, you can ensure you are well prepared to go into one of our recording studio nationwide and sing to your full potential!
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