Vocal Warm Ups are important for singers - ideally, we want to be singing every day.
Before we get into all of the reasons that singers should warm up the voice, it is important to briefly answer the question, “what are vocal warmups?” - my approach to vocalizing combines the idea of physically making sure the voice is ready to sing with the idea of using warm ups as vocal training and vocal exercises. So, for our purposes, “vocal warm ups” includes the idea of warm ups AND exercises. Once you’ve been using your voice each day, whether it is singing or talking, there generally isn’t too much need to “warm up” the muscles as you might as an athlete, but the vocal warm up period can be used to physically and mentally put ourselves into the best possible singing space - remembering how to stand, how to breathe, working out any registration issues, and ensuring efficient vocal fold vibration. The “why” of how to warm up your voice is closely related to the “how” of how to warm up your voice
Why To Warm Up Your Voice
Reasons to warm up your voice as a singer.
1 - Mental focus: Ensure you are connecting with your best techniques.
2 - Release tension: Tension is the enemy of freely produced singing.
3 - Improve your vocal skills: Vocal warmups and exercises can be used for regular, focused skill building.
4 - Focus on breathing and alignment: Working on short exercises allows us to focus on the basics.
Understanding that vocal warm ups are important, we can discus how to warm up the voice.
How To Warm Up Your Voice
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Some of my favorite vocal warmups can be found here