Singing Warm Up Exercises – Preparing Singers For Their Best Performance
We often see athletes stretching themselves before they get into serious competition.
So, performing singing warm up exercises before an actual event or act makes sense, doesn’t it?
Why Do You Need Warm Up Exercises Before You Sing?
When learning how to sing in a professional way, the same preparation is needed by singers in order to perform at the best at a concert or rehearsal.
The air needs to flow evenly, and muscles have to be totally relaxed during vocal warm-up exercises in preparation for more rigorous activity during an actual performance. The exercise is absolutely essential to avoid harm due to overexertion or vocal fatigue.
Before You Sing – Relax
You may feel it’s a little bit odd that exercising more actually helps in preventing damage due to overuse.
That is, however, precisely the case, as folds of the vocal cord contain minute muscles that need to be flexible, well-prepared to avoid damage, and easier to flex. Warming up your voice can begin only after the entire body is relaxed with the help of some stretching exercises.
The first of the whole-body singing warm up exercises would be the rag doll. Position yourself in a relaxed standing position.
Allow your body to bend forward without bending the knees and with the arms and head dangling without voluntary control. You then move them briskly, dangling them again for approximately 60 seconds.
Stretch Your Body – Not Your Voice
To align the posture in a proper manner, follow the rag doll with a stretching exercise. Position yourself in a standing position on a flat surface.
The feet, hands, and shoulder should be in one line, with the arms positioned straight along the sides.
The arms are raised in a quick motion upwards and then across the body following a circular movement until they position above the head. While the exercise is being performed, stand on your toes breathing deeply, as the arms are raised.
On exhalation, the arms fall back to the sides, and you can position your feet flat on the ground again.
The shoulders should be held back and chest forward similar to the position held during the stretching exercise even as your arms are brought back to the side rest position. The posture is now ideal to start a singing session.
What the Heck are Bubble Lips?
A definite technique used in the preliminary singing warm up exercises is also known as bubble lips, lip trill, lip roll, or buzz. Pucker your lips and exhale to generate a vibrating sound similar to a “raspberry” or sounding like a motorboat.
Buzz Slide Music Tones
Three tones will be produced by performing the buzz slide. Begin with the base tone, move it up to the fourth, and then bring it back to the base tone (do-fa-do). If you use the C major key, you would follow C, F, C.
The exercise is repeated, and every time you move up half a step (C#, F#, C#, followed by D, G, D, and then Eb, Ab, Eb, etc.). It can also be performed using the syllable “oo” or “ee.” However, a high level of breath control is demanded by the buzz.
The fifth slide is the next vocal training warm-up exercise to be performed. Use the syllable “wee” beginning with the fifth tone and then move down to the base (so-do): if you use C major, you would follow G, C.
The same pattern is adapted with “zoo.” You then move up half a step and repeat the exercise for both “zoo” and “wee” using Db and Ab. Continue the exercise moving up half a step every time.
The Descending Music Scale
Follow the fifth slide with the five-tone descending scale. In this part of the lesson for singing warm up exercises you would scale downwards step-by-step beginning with the fifth tone.
Basically, it would lead to fa, mi, re, do. Begin with “na,” and then move on to the syllables “noh,” “noo,” and “nay.” The scale should be repeated on each syllable, as you move up half a step.
Follow the five-tone descending scale with a descending eight-tone scale. This is the fourth warm-up exercise in the routine and would follow do, ti, la, so, fa, mi, re, do beginning with the syllable “noo.”
Repeat the exercise moving up half a scale every time. Vowel sounds such as “nee,” “noh,” “nah” or “nay” can also be used. You could also change the initial consonant to “m” instead of “n.” The upper resonance or mask must be experienced as the exercise is performed.
Remember “Do – A Deer, A Female Deer” ?
Follow the descending eight-tone scale with a descending arpeggio. You would say do, so, mi, do using the syllable “nah.” The exercise is then repeated on “noo,” “nay,” “nee,” or “noh.” Repeat the exercise again on each syllable moving half a step upwards every time.
How to Sing? – One Octave at a Time
Last of the singing warm up exercises is the octave slide. You begin on the base note using the buzz. You move up an octave and then come back to the base. It would be do, do, do.
The exercise is repeated for the syllable “oo.” Perform the buzz moving half a step upwards, and sing “oo.” Keep moving upwards half a step during the exercise.
Final Tip: Remember that nothing will happen and you cannot improve your singing voice without a dedicated regiment of practice. Singing warm up exercises are just like any other program.
You need to put it in your head or, better still, write down your goals of where you want to be as a vocalist in one month, two months, one year. Practice these singing warm up exercises every day if possible and make it happen for you!
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