Warming Up Before Singing
Warming up before singing is really important. If you don’t warm up, there is the chance of really damaging your vocal chords, and it could be permanent! Here I have just put in a few things you can do to warm up before singing – this is before performing AND practising.
When singing you need to move your mouth a lot more than feels natural, so to warm up and help with this, just “massage” your cheeks and neck. After this, pretend to be chewing a really sticky toffee. Now you should feel a lot more flexible with your mouth!
Scales and Vowels
Once you’re moving your mouth faster, you need to warm your vocal chords up. The easiest way to do this, is to sing up and down the scale a few times. If you don’t have a keyboard don’t worry, click here and use this instead! Start on C, and go up to C1, and back down again.
While singing these scales you should use the singing vowels (these are different to the normal ones!) They are – ah, ee, eh, oh, oo. Click here to listen to me pronouncing these. You can also add different consonants to the beginning of these vowels – see how different it sounds and feels to make these sounds.
Once you’ve played around with the scales, the next bit of warm up I would suggest is the fun bit – it’s called the siren, and you do what it says on the tin. It’s quite hard to explain, so heres an example!
Tounge Twisters are a great way of warming your voice and mouth up before performing. Try speaking these faster and faster, and sing some of them too.
If you over-exaggerate your mouth shape when doing these too, that will help with moving your mouth when singing.
The favourite with my pupils is Many Men, which is a singing tounge twister.
You can listen to an example of many men here.
Click here to hear an example of the Everybody tounge twister.
She stood upon the balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccoughing and amicably welcoming him in. (This is one of my favorites!)
Click here to hear an example of the “she stood” tounge twister.
A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.
Said the flea, “Let us fly!”
Said the fly, “Let us flee!”
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
Click here to hear an example of the flea and a fly tounge twister.