Singing Warm Ups: Singing warm ups are important as they protects your vocals and prepare your voice for an audition. A warmed up voice stands out when watching an audition in comparison to one that’s left and over rehearsed. Singing warm ups help a singer get the most out of their singing voice.
Good posture is one of the simplest steps in singing warm ups. Good posture helps with the air flow through your body. The best way to stand is with your legs shoulder width apart and your feet firmly on the floor. If you choose to sit rather than sound, sit on the edge of the chair, back straight and don’t learn on the chair.
HOT TIP! Singing warm ups are important every time a singer is singing, whether it’s a practise or a performance.
Most people have the poor habits of using only the top of their lungs, avoid this. If you feel tense at all whilst breathing it will show through your voice. Keep your shoulders low and your chest relaxed.
Room temperature water is the best drink to have whilst doing your singing warm ups. Avoid dairy drinks completely as they coat your voice and don’t let all the voice through. Hot and cold drinks have negative effects on your vocals before an audition.
This will ease your mind and steady your voice. Try having a small snack to settle your stomach, but not so you feel full. A banana is a good example. Chewing gum can help relieve tension in your jaw, but if you haven’t eaten, don’t chew for too long, it can cause digestion issues.
Relaxing your jaw allows for the best movement when singing, it’s best to massage your cheeks with the heel of each hand.
HOT TIP! Without doing singing warm ups your risk damaging your voice, something that could hinder your singing career.
Going through the scales is the most popular singing warm ups, and for good reason. Practising the scales is something that will help you to see what you’re comfortable with and what may be a struggle. It also prepares your voice for every note you’re likely to hit during your audition. Gradually build your scales as starting too high or too low will damage your vocals.
Humming is one of the most effective singing warm ups. It helps to cool down your voice, but also helps to warm it up without the straining of singing. Humming through the scales is an effective technique. Also ensure your voice is warmed up before an audition to protect your vocals and also to help build your vocal confidence. Without warming up voice up you risk damaging your voice during the performance and affecting your audience. Remember no matter what happens, just enjoy it, you’ve been given the opportunity to sing for someone, embrace it!
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