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How to Warm Up Your Voice

People need to warm up their voices before singing in order to avoid injuries. The proper warm-up exercises will also help people sound their best. Because of that, this is an essential part of singing. It’s important that singers do the proper warm-ups so they can get the maximum benefits.

The Details

  • Increase the temperature of your vocal cords. Drink some body-temperature tea a few minutes before you sing in order to warm up your vocal cords. This will make it easier for you to control your muscles.
  • Lubricate your vocal cords. Add some warm honey to your tea so you can lubricate your vocal cords. This will keep your vocal cords from drying out when you sing. This is essential, since dry vocal cords can cause you to lose your voice.
  • Warm up for the right amount of time. People with full voices typically have thick vocal cords. It takes longer to warm thick vocal cords up. Thus, spend twenty minutes warming up instead of ten if you have thick vocal cords.
  • Stretch your jaw. If your jaw isn’t properly stretched, you can end up with an injury. Open your mouth and put your fingers on the inside of your jaw, by your back molars. Pull your jaw out slightly to stretch it.
  • Do some yawning. When you yawn, you will actually stretch your vocal cords. This will help them loosen up so you can hit all of the notes. Yawn ten to fifteen times prior to singing.
  • Take some deep breaths. Your vocal cords cannot hit all of the notes if your body is tense. Takes some deep breaths or spend a few minutes meditating. Once the tension is out of your body, it will be easier for your vocal cords to hit the notes without straining.
  • Do some humming. Touch your tongue to your bottom row of teeth and hum. Do this exercise with your mouth open, and then close your mouth and repeat it. This will loosen your vocal cords up quite a bit.
  • Run through the scales.Hum the scales first. Then, sing them. Increase the intensity as you progress through the scales.
  • Keep your voice quiet in the beginning. You need to give your voice time to warm up, so stay in the “quiet to moderate” range in the beginning. Then, as you warm up, you can begin to increase the volume until you get to your normal singing volume.
  • Do lip trill exercises. If you’ve ever blown bubbles underwater, you know how this exercise works. Blow air out and let your lips vibrate. This will warm up your diaphragm and your lips, so it will be much easier for you to sing.
  • Include some staccato beats. Sing a short “ha-ha-ha” to make your vocal cords more flexible. This will make it easier for you to hit all of the notes when you perform. It will also make it easier for you to go from one extreme to the other when alternating between notes.
  • Stretch out your body. Stretch out your arms and legs. This will make it easier for you to maintain the proper posture while singing. By maintaining the proper posture, you will be able to get air to your diaphragm. That will help your tone quite a bit.

The Bottom Line

A proper warm-up is essential for singers. By warming up, singers can avoid injury and improve their tone. They will also be able to give their all during a performance, since they will be stretched out and ready to meet the rigorous demands of singing.

 

Sources:

http://www.gbmc.org/body_voicecenter.cfm?id=1559

http://www.streetmusician.co.uk/vocalwarmuptechniques/

http://www.entorlando.com/the-voice-care-center/vocal-warm-ups/