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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vocal Warmups: A Simple Guide

Vocal exercises should serve definite purposes. They are not something that you just mindlessly do... that can hurt your voice instead of help it! Know the object of any vocal exercise you do. Here's a simple guide to help you:

Vocal exercises should:
  1. Warm up and connect you to your vocal resonators
  2. Work out your breath support and control muscles
  3. Get your eyes, jaw, hands and pelvic floor properly engaged in your vocalizing
  4. Help you sing across your vocal registers without a break
  5. Warn up your head and chest voices
  6. Gradually increase your vocal range... high AND low
  7. Take you in large scales across all your vocal registers
  8. Work up your ability to sustain long notes smoothly
  9. Work any tension, flem, nervousness or numbness out
They Should NOT
  1. Add tension to your voice
  2. Fatigue your throat
  3. Cause any range or tone limitations
OK... you should be ready to perform now! Need help... contact me:)

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2 Comments :

  • At December 10, 2010 at 9:29 PM , Anonymous Leigh Ann said...

    Such an important reminder. It's easy just to warm up without thinking about what you're trying to accomplish. I've had the experience of warm-ups fatiguing my throat. Not exactly beneficial.

     
  • At December 11, 2010 at 6:59 AM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Oh so right, Leigh Ann... there's something really counterproductively wrong about a vocal warm up fatiguing your throat! Talk about an exercise in futility:) As in any athletic endeavor, form is everything!

     

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