An important part of singing is learning how to warm up your voice correctly. Your vocal chords are a muscle and so they need to be warmed up the right way to prevent damage and fatigue. Just like if you went for a run you wouldn't do it without stretching and warming up, it's the same with your voice.
The most important thing to consider with warmups is that you need to keep things gentle and relaxed. Let them warm up slowly and gently. Warmups increase blood flow to your vocal chords and gradually release tension around the area ready for action.
We generally suggest around 5 minutes of gentle physical stretching, 5 minutes for breathing and then 10-15 minutes of vocalizing warm up exercises.
2. Vocal Technique
This section is where we start to tackle the goals you have with your voice. Exercises targeting extending range, flexibility, breathing, improved tonal quality or strengthening to name a few. The purpose of these exercises is to strengthen your skill level and training the muscle memory. It's been proven that your vocal chords have a memory and so part of training is to develop and at times re-train these muscles to work the right way in order to produce your desired vocal freedom.
Every exercises has a goal, a skill it is targeting and it is important that you are doing the exercise correctly or you will not achieve the right results.
It's very important to make sure that when you are singing or doing vocal exercises that your voice should never hurt. You should be able to sing at ease with no tension in your throat, body or jaw otherwise we are reinforcing the wrong habits. This may not happen in the first couple of practices but the goal should be relaxed and easy. Anything that is forced or causes discomfort needs attention because it generally means you are doing the exercises wrong and will need some feedback from a vocal coach.
We generally suggest this section of your routine should be around 10-20 minutes.
3. Song Application and Practice
This is the part where we start to work on our songs and apply some of the skills we are learning to our material.
I generally suggest that you choose 3 easy songs, 3 songs that have difficult parts in some areas and then 3 songs that are totally impossible for you at the moment. They are the songs that will identify what areas you will target in your skill development and growth. All 3 song groups will help you develop different skills as your singing starts to develop and grow.
You can work through things like rhythm, making sure your melody is strong and you can sing the song without instruments to develop your ear, pitch, tonal qualities, flexibility etc. Here you can create your own style and interpretation of the song and make it your own.
This should take around 10-20 minutes to.
4. Warm Down
Most people forget to warm down. This is an essential part of singing. Generally if you just run over some of your gentle warmups for 2-5 minutes it will get your voice feeling relaxed. This is the time to check if you are feeling tired or tense anywhere in your body of your voice and to re-evaluate whether you are feeling vocally free and if not you may need to adjust your practice accordingly if there are signs of any strain.
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