Wanna sing with me? I’m getting my voice back with this Vocal Warm-Up After a Singing Break (we just had a baby boy and I caught a cold during the holidays).
Maybe you’ve been on a singing break because of a nasty cold, vacation, laziness (oh, that’s baaad!)… And you need to gently warm-up your voice, stretch your vocal folds and wake up your abs for a proper breath support. Follow me in this 11 minutes video!
If you wanna start warming up your voice, watch my video below. I’ll make others videos so you can have a bunch of vocal warmups options. If you don’t wanna miss a video, CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
- What is your VOCAL RANGE?
- Check your BODY ALIGNMENT
- Start WARM-UP with SIRENS
- Go on with LIPS BUBBLES
- then VOCALIZES
- Check back your BODY ALIGNMENT again
- Sing a SONG in your MEDIUM RANGE
1. What is your VOCAL RANGE?
I’m inviting you to sing with me. I’m a mezzo-soprano and if you’re not, you could find it difficult to sing along with me. Even if this quick vocal warmup is for beginners. It has nothing to do with being easy or difficult. To put it simply, if I wear size 5 shoes and you wear size 8, you will not fit in my shoes and I can’t walk with yours. It’s not better to be one size or another and the same goes for vocal ranges.
If you’re a female vocalist, you’ll find it easy to follow me. If it’s too high or too low, it can mean you’re an alto (low female voice) or a soprano (high female voice).
If you’re a male vocalist, depending on your range, you’ll be able to sing with me the whole time or you’ll have to jump back one octave down or down. If you don’t know your vocal range, just sing and remember to stop as soon as you feel uncomfortable.
2. Check your BODY ALIGNMENT
As you’ll see in the video, whether you sing standing or sitting, pay attention to your body alignment. If it is not well aligned, your breath could be short. You will not be able to sing your whole range or to project your voice properly.
For a proper body alignment, keep your shoulders down, chest “proud”, look ahead with your field of vision parallel to the horizon…
3. Start WARM-UP with SIRENS
To gently stretch your vocal folds, sirens are the best. Project your sound towards the top of your palate/nose. Keep your tongue and palate together. Try to sing with a full sound. Hummmmmm!
4. Go on with LIPS BUBBLES
Lips Bubbles are one of the best way to warm up before a gig or a recording session. You’re warming up your vocal folds as well as you’re waking up your singing breath support. It is not the same as your everyday breathing, though I’ve read non sense about that on the internet. That sh*t people say to sell their products!
If you find it difficult to keep your lips bubbling it can be because your air flow is not steady or you’re throwing too little/too much air, because your cheeks are not tight enough…
5. then VOCALIZES
The exercise I’m singing in the video is a scale going down.
Start with MA MAY ME MO MU, then you can do it again without the M with the vowels only: try to link them and pay attention to your aperture (mouth opening).
6. Check back your BODY ALIGNMENT
Hey! If you’re like me, I often find myself not sitting or standing straight after some time. I regularly check my body alignment during a vocal warm-up, a rehearsal, a recording session etc..
Here are good tips to stop slouching: 3 Ways to Stop Slouching.
7. Sing a SONG in your MEDIUM RANGE
To end this quick Vocal Warm-Up, choose a song in your medium. What you could call “easy to sing”, with no high notes or low notes to avoid your vocal range extremities.
And keep the Mariah, Christina, Adam Lambert’s and all the powerhouses singers songs for another day 🙂
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