Warm-up exercises is a must for everyone who plans to sing better. Below articles talks about the different ways to do warm ups for the voice and vocal cord muscles.
Singers need to prepare their voices (warm-up exercise) before a performance or every rehearsals in order not to strain their voices, we can compare this to what athletes do before they compete in their big game. Is it really necessary to do singing warm-up exercises? The short answer is ‘yes’. The main reason for this is that is basically relaxes and readies the muscles for singing, which is a strenuous activity. What happens is warm-up exercises get the air flowing smoothly and readily in the air passage. At this point, we now know how important proper breathing is in singing. Doing warm up exercise before the singing activity is the best way to prevent vocal fatigue.
Always do Warm Ups Before Singing
Many people may ask, will too much vocal exercise good to your singing? Yes. The thing is, the tiny muscles, which controls the vocal fold, when they warmed-up they they become more flexible therefore easier to use and less susceptible to injury.
You may at first find it unrelated but do some whole body exercises first, like stretching and relaxation before you start your singing warm-up exercise. Start with the “rag doll” exercise. How do you do this? Well, bend forward at your whiles from the standing position, allowing your head and arms to dangle freely like a doll. Shake them a bit, then just let them dangle for another minute or so.
For the right posture alignment, do the stretching exercise afterward. You should stand with your feet flat on the floor, right about hip-width apart, and your arms at your sides. Bring your arms rapidly upward and across your body in a circular motion until they are over your head. Take a good, deep breath as you move your arms up while rising on your tiptoes.
Come back down to flat feet when you bring your arms back down to your side as you slowly exhale. Try to keep your chest up and shoulders back, as they were at the top of the stretch, after bringing your arms down. You will now be ready for singing after doing all these warm-ups.
The Buzz, Bubble Lips, Lip Roll, Lip Trill Exercise
The buzz or lip roll or someone calls it bubble lip or lip roll. That is the first warm-up exercises that we’re going to do, yeah I know, it has many names but basically do the same thing. You do this by exhaling with pluckered lips to create a sound like a “raspberry” or a bit liek a motorboat. This is due to the vibrations of the lips.
You will do the buzz slide between three tones: the base tone, up a fourth, and back to the base (do-fa-do): in the key of C major, it would be C,F,C. Repeat, moving up a half step each time (C#, F#, C#, then D,G,D, then Eb, Ab, Eb, etc.). You can also do this on the syllable “ee” or “oo”, but the buzz forces you to use good breath support.
The Fifth Slide Warm-up Exercise
The next warm-up exercise is the fifth-slide. Start on the fifth tone with the syllable “wee” and slide down to the base (so-do): in C major again, it would be G, C. Repeat on the same tones with “zoo”, then move up a half-step and repeat, “wee” and “zoo” on Ab and Db. Continue moving up by half-steps.
Five-Tone Scale Warm-up Exercise
Next is the five-tone descending scale. Starting on the fifth tone, descend stepwise to the base: so, fa, mi, re, do. First do the syllable “na”, then “nay”, “noh”, and “noo”. Move up a half-step and repeat the scale on each syllable.
Descending 8-tone scale is the fourth warm-up exercise. It goes – (do, ti, la, so, fa, mi, re, do) on the syllable “noo”. Just like before, move up a half-step with each repeat. You may also want to try other vowel sounds, such as “nah”, “nay”, “nee”, or “noh”, or use “m” instead of “n” as the initial consonant. Try to feel your mask, or upper resonance, as you do this.
Follow that with a descending arpeggio: do, so, mi, do, on the syllable “nah”. Repeat on “nay”, “nee”, “noh”, and “noo”, then move up by half steps and repeat on each syllable again.
Octave Slide Warm Up Exercise
The octave slide is the final warm-up exercise that we’ll do. As before, use the buzz and start on the base note; slide up an octave and back down to the base: do, do, do. Repeat on “oo”. Move up a half-step, do the buzz, and then “oo”. Continue moving up by half-steps.
Hopefully, if these are done properly, you have made a great warm-up exercise that will surely helpy you with your singing practice for that day.