Vocal Warm Up Techniques

5 Minutes Vocal Warm Ups – Improve Your Voice Instantly

5 Minutes Vocal Warm Ups – Improve Your Voice Instantly

 

Do you have the feeling that your voice gets hoarse rather quickly when singing? Do you feel a strain when singing? Or do you wish to improve your sound? Vocal Warm Ups are the answer!

What if I tell you that pretty much every singer warms up their voice before singing? Just like athletes have to stretch before running a marathon, we have to “stretch” our vocal muscles before using them.

Your sound will improve by a lot and your stamina will increase without getting hoarse too quickly.

Today I want to show you my vocal warm up techniques that I do on a daily basis!

Practice Vocal Warm Ups Regularly

Not only do vocal warm ups make your voice ready to sing but also make them stronger.
What I mean is that you not only warm your voice up but also train it to be more flexible.

Just like athletes do their warm ups to be more flexible and prevent injuries, singers need to do the same. It will give us an easier time to hit high or long notes as well as flexibility to jump from one not to another.

I personally do a few warm ups every single time, even on the bus station I do some humming to make my voice more flexible. People around me must think I’m crazy though!

If you repeat the right exercises every day, your vocal cords will remember them and grow stronger. It is a muscle that can be trained, just like your arms and legs. Like you can’t lift anything too heavy with ease without training for it or running a marathon and expect to be first place without any training.

The perfect side effect is that you train your ears aswell when doing scales. This is a common problem for a lot of people because they’re not in pitch or in key. So practicing scales everyday will train your voice and ear to get things right.

Vowels For Vocal Exercises

I learned over the years that vowels are one of the most important things about singing. There are different ways to sing an A, E, I, U or O. It’s key to pronounce them the right way and make them sound beautiful.

A common mistake I made is to pronounce words very unnatural because I thought singing has to be different than talking. So a bright A turned to something like an aee or uhh which in some cases is the right thing to do but I didn’t do it consciously. It happens every now and then that I record a song and think afterwords…”This word doesn’t sound the way I imagined it when I was singing it.” 

 

Also don’t forget that a sound doesn’t fully come out on a consonant. For example the word sing. If you were going to sing a note on that word, you would go singgggggggggg because g is no vowel and it doesn’t sound good. You would rather go siiiiing and that’s where the sound comes from. Try to remember and always have it in the back of your mind. Vowels make a huge difference.

So in order to change your sound, try to manipulate the vowels!

Humming 

Call me crazy but if I know I’m going to sing later that day, I will do humming all throughout the day everywhere. Because I believe that little warm up humming multiple times a day are preparing your voice in the most gentle way for a singing session. So when I finally do my warm ups at home, my voice is already kinda ready.

When humming I don’t think you need to be perfectly on pitch. Don’t forget you are warming up and not performing for the VMA’s. Just be gently and very very loose. The goal is to wake your voice up really gently and open up those higher register but slowly and without force!

Lip Rolls

Everyone thinks they look and sound stupid… and you’re right. Warming up the voice is not always sounding that great. Lip rolls are particular important because not only do they loosen up your lips but also very gently waking up your voice.

I always do very slow and soft sirens without any tension. First I go up and then slowly down again. If you feel too much tension, you should take a break and try it later on again.

For me it’s not that easy to keep the lip rolls going but there is a little tip to make it SO much easier to do lip rolls. You just but press your index fingers against your cheeks. I don’t exactly know why but it helps you to keep your lips rolling. Without my fingers, my lips stop vibrating after a while.

Vocal warm up should feel light and easy!

Scales

As I already mentioned before, scales not only warm your voice up but they also train your ears to hit the right notes. I actually have to force myself to do ear training and practicing scales but it is super important, at least for me. If you got the feeling that you’re not hitting the right notes, then you should definitely invest more time into scales.

The vowel I like to do scales is “ney”. My singing teacher used to tell me that this word always makes sounds easier and more accurate.

A lot of times, when I’m not sure about a melody in a song, I will not sing the lyrics but “ney” instead and it’s working beautifully. It always comes out of the front part of my face and it never feels like there is tension on my throat!

I use videos like these to practice scales:

 

 

Of course there are a lot of different modes:

  • Major
  • Minor
  • Lydian
  • Dorian
  • Ionian
  • Many more

I would start with majors and minors and then slowly try the others. Though I have to admit that I’m not a pro in regards of scales and modes.

Conclusion

These are the vocal warm ups that I do every day. I give some of them more time and some less. Everyone needs to find out what their focus is. For me, it’s vowels and scales but maybe it’s getting to a higher pitch for you so you can focus on humming and lip rolls to open up higher registers.

It takes me 5-10 minutes a day to do so and I’m sure you too have the time, if you want to improve your singing!

For more music theory and tips on singing, you can check out my Pinterest! I’m collecting lots of information, hacks and theory over there!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed todays post and I could inspire you to work on your time management.

Take care of yourself and I will talk to you soon.

Marc

 

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