Vocal Warmups With Kathleen - all of them!
I published my first vocal warmups and technique video in March of 2020 when big changes were happening in the world and folks were at home. I wanted to keep my singers singing and learning, and now I'm heading into my third year of sharing vocal warmups and vocal pedagogy with singers all over the world.
The best place to find my videos is on my YouTube Channel where you can find vocal warmups, vocal exercises, and vocal pedagogy.
Warmups and Exercises Playlist
This is a self-updating playlist that has all of the vocal warmups and exercise videos that I have published. The newest videos are at the top!
I've also made a spreadsheet with links and titles of all of my videos - there are handful of off topic videos at the bottom, but if you'd like to search for something like "high voice", "overtones" or "12 minute warmup" without scrolling through my channel videos, you can find those here. This spreadsheet will be updated periodically.
How To Sing In Mixed Voice
Mixed Voice? Mix Voice? Navigating the passaggio?
If you've been watching my videos, you may know that I'm not a huge fan of the term "mixed voice" - while I think the concept can be helpful for some, it implies that there is a way to mix the two registers or modes that are commonly referred to as head voice and chest voice.
That said, some singers don't notice a big shift as they transition through their passaggio or break between head voice and chest voice, while some really can feel the difference. Often, singers want to disguise their "break", and therefore was the acoustic sensation of a "mixed voice". I think it's important to understand AND to feel what is happening. Check out the videos below for great exercises to navigate the vocal passaggio (vocal break) and work on a smooth transition that some people refer to as "mixed voice".
How To Practice Music Efficiently
I have an undergraduate degree in Music Education, a Masters in Music (Conducting), and I'm working on my Doctorate in Music Education. One thing that has been blatantly missing from my education is the idea of how to practice! My major instrument was trumpet, and I was in MANY ensembles every year (not to mention preparing for lessons and juries). While I was given musical assignments, I really didn't have instructors explain to me how to practice music. Whether you are wondering how to practice an instrument or how to practice singing, I hope some of the information here will be helpful to you!
If I were to distill my main advice into just a few bullet points, I'd recommend:
• Create specific practice goals that work on smaller segments. Track your goals!
• Learn to "play" (gamify!) and enjoy the process of practicing.
• Practice self-love: look for the positive and acknowledge your success!
• Learn to be your own best vocal coach - work with experts and learn to apply the techniques to your own practice.
Kathleen is a conductor and vocal coach based out of San Diego, CA