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In this video, you’re going to learn quick vocal warm-ups for singing, even if you hate exercising.
Welcome to my channel, Learn To Sing Better, my name is Randy Rope.
In a moment I’m going to show you a few quick vocal warm-ups so that your voice is ready to sound its best on stage and so you don’t damage your vocal cords.
And if you stay with me all the way, I’m also going to reveal how long before you sing should you warm up in order to have the best sounding voice on stage.
Before a big game, athletes stretch their legs, arms, back, and muscle groups to help their bodies perform their best.
Warming up also helps to reduce injury to joints and muscles.
In order to sing better, the proper vocal warm-ups and exercises will help you sound your best.
More importantly, vocal warm-ups protect your vocal cords from damage.
You should warm up your singing voice before a big or small, performance or rehearsal.
When you stretch and relax your vocal cords, this helps to ensure that you have a healthy voice.
When you make the following vocal warm-ups a routine, vocal range and abilities will increase dramatically.
I want to share with you a few breathing and vocal warm-ups that you can use to develop a voice that gets you praises when you step off the stage.
Let’s start with breathing exercises to help you feel calm and melt away pre-stage jitters and nervousness.
The calmer you feel on stage, the better your voice will sound.
The ‘Exhale on a Hiss’ Breather
What you do is inhale for a specified amount of time, and then exhale on a hiss or “sss” sound.
If you are into Yoga, this exercise will feel very familiar to you.
The twist is that for this breather exercise, you will need a metronome, or download a metronome app.
Set it to 80 bpm in 4/4 time.
Next, practice different amounts of time inhaling and exhaling.
Keep in mind that as you inhale, you want to breathe from your diaphragm, not your neck and shoulders.
If you feel your neck and shoulders moving, you are doing this wrong.
Your breathing should look something like this…
You can challenge yourself with this exercise.
Time how long you can exhale on a hiss before you run out of breath!
Please give yourself time in between inhales so that you don’t get light-headed.
The ‘Straw’ Breathing Technique
Another great breathing exercise that you should use is exhaling or humming a tune through a straw.
When you concentrate your breath through a straw, you focus your breathing support on your diaphragm.
You can use the same format as the ‘Exhale on a Hiss’ exercise.
You can also hum song(s) you are working on through the straw.
Inhale through the straw, or you can inhale outside of the straw if you feel lightheaded.
Try to use your exhaled breath to push the hum through the straw.
Hum an entire song–it’s harder than it looks!
The ‘Lay on Your Back’ And Breathe
Laying on your back is another useful breathing exercise to help you relax before you sing.
It forces you to breathe with your diaphragm which relaxes your entire body by relieving tension.
Try to sing one of your voice pieces while you are laying on your back.
Place your hands on your stomach.
Each time you inhale, you should feel your stomach expand, and your diaphragm moves up.
Now, let’s talk about a few Vocal Warm-Ups that should help your voice sound great.
Humming To Warm-up Vocal Cords
I’m sure you hummed a lot when you were a kid.
One of the best ways to start warming your voice up is by humming a little.
Humming gets your vocal cords moving and loosens them up.
We recommend starting with some major octaves and going up by a half step as high as you comfortably can.
Repeat the process, but go down by a half step, as low as comfortably possible.
Just hum until your vocal cords start to feel warm and ready.
How long before you sing should you start warming up?
All it takes is 10 minutes with these simple voice warm-ups to maintain a healthy voice and sound great on-stage.
When you warm up properly, you can sing for longer periods of time with less stress on your vocal cords.
These singing exercises will work for both beginning and advanced vocalists.
Give them a try no matter where you are on your singing journey.
Add these vocal warm-ups to your daily routine and you’ll be a pro at singing your favorite songs in no time.