How to Warm Up Your Voice

Vocal warm ups are an absolute must in my studio. Warm ups give us the opportunity to check in with our instrument to make sure it’s working properly. Students spend approximately 1/3 of their lesson time working on warm ups and vocalises, some of which might sound a little “odd” (see “Vocalises Do Not Always Sound Pretty“).

My favorite analogy to use with students is one about running. A runner wouldn’t launch into a cross-country trek without warming up their muscles first. The same goes for singing. It’s important to warm up our vocal folds before we sing. Warm ups let us “stretch” our instrument before we use it, and they can also serve as a diagnostic tool to let us know how our voice is feeling and functioning that day.

Not sure how to warm up your voice?

There’s a lot of information out there, and sometimes it can be difficult to slog through. Well, they’ve done it again! The folks at Encore Music Lessons made a fabulous (and easy to use) infographic about “How to Warm Up Your Voice.” (Click below to enlarge.) Not only is this infographic visually appealing, but there’s a lot of good content in it as well; I particularly like the long list of resources found at the end, many of which I’ve actually used over the years.

Current students: See? Vocalists and teachers love to use sirens and lip trills! I’m not (such) a crazy teacher after all!

If you missed my previous post from Encore Music Lessons, check out their “Piano Lessons are Good for You” infographic. It’s one of the most shared links I have on Pinterest! I plan on printing out both of these infographics to display in our new studio. They’ll make great reference charts, and they are really beautifully put together.

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