Warming-up plays the most important role for any professional vocalist and also for any human being interested in keeping his voice healthy. You can think of warming up as a magical tuning of your voice box to encompass any kind of vocal production and vocal abuse. This post is going to help you learn how to warm up your voice before singing!
In order to have the best air flow and therefore the best sound, you need to have good posture. This goes for when you’re both sitting and standing. Imagine a line at the top of your head, through your back, holding you up.
Most people have a bad habit of only using the top of their lungs. Doing this though doesn’t employ the diaphragm and doesn’t let you use your full power.
If you are tense at all while breathing, it will resound in the muscles of your vocal folds. Breathe normally, but be conscious of keeping your shoulders low and your chest relaxed. Concentrate on breathing lower staying loose throughout your core. If you need to, place a hand on your stomach to remind yourself that that’s the part that should be moving up and down — not your chest and shoulders. Hold an “s” sound (like a hiss) when you exhale to control the amount of air that you can expel.
Any tension at all will keep you from your best sound. Your jaw is the instrument your voice comes out of — you have to take care of it, too. The best place to sing from is your diaphragm, so stick it out to breath there.
Ice cold water will just clam up your vocal folds, very literally. It’s also best to avoid caffeine and nicotine, too. All these things constrict your throat and keep you from sounding your best.
Do scales. You wouldn’t run 5 miles (8.0 km) out of the gate, so don’t expect your voice box to be able to go up and down 3 octaves either. Doing scales slowly warms up your voice, extending it to its top and bottom ranges. And it’s pretty easy to do, even alone.
Work on lip and tongue trills. Another common method to warming up apart from scales are trills. They relax the lip and tongue, engage breathing, and eliminate tension.
Add in sirens and kazoos. Some of the more fun warm ups are sirens and kazoos. When you do your siren (which should start low and go high), use your arm and toss it in a circular motion, going up and down with the pitch.
Hum. Humming actually helps cool a voice down, too, which is an oft-forgotten, though important, technique. It warms up your voice without straining your voice like singing can.
How to Warm up Your Voice before singing by Duke Asuquo.
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