One of the most important things you need to do when practicing singing is to warm up properly. Warming up is not quite the same as vocal exercises, although a good warm up routine will go from physical warm-ups to vocal exercises without feeling like the warm-up stops and the vocal exercises start.
Different people find different things helpful. For example, some people like to practice yoga, or use dance-based warm-ups before singing. However, if you have no idea where to start, here is a simple physical and vocal warm-up to use.
- Jogging on the spot helps to get the blood flowing – this is especially important if you are sat down for most of the day. Do this for about 30 seconds.
- Make big sweeping circles with one arm and then the other. Be sure to go in both directions – backwards and forwards. Take deep breaths as you do this, letting your belly move rather than your shoulders.
- Stretch right up, and then relax down, one joint at a time until you’re hanging right over. Breathe out slowly as you go down. Rest there for a few gentle breaths and then roll back up to standing one vertebrae at a time, breathing out as you go up.
- Roll your shoulders backwards and then forwards a few times. Shrug up your shoulders to your ears and then relax them.
- Rub your cheeks, jaw muscles and neck with your hands to get the blood flowing.
- Stretch up and over to your right with one arm, and then repeat in the other direction.
- Give your body a gentle shake out to loosen off all your muscles.
- Finish by adjusting your posture to make sure you are standing up tall and balanced with your weight evenly on both feet.
- Take a few more deep and slow breaths – you might want to go through a few rounds of square breathing, or other breathing exercises.
Once you’ve warmed up your body, you can start getting your voice going:
- Gently, start to siren over a small range of notes. Each time, let the range get bigger until you’re swooping up and down through your whole voice.
- Using a hum, or a lip trill, sing up and down some simple patterns in the middle of your voice
- Sing some tongue twisters on comfortable notes in the middle of your range.
From this point, you can then move on to start working on the exercises set by your teacher for your practice which will probably include things like singing arpeggios and scales. You should also now sing through your full range properly, as this will help to extend and strengthen the highest and lowest notes.
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