I heard a county singer say that he warmed up his voice with a shot of whiskey and two cigarettes! Trust me, I’ve got a better plan!

Warming up before a performance is absolutely crucial. The reasons are pretty obvious:

  1. You’ll sound better!
  2. The high notes will be easier to hit.
  3. You are less likely to strain.

So now that you know why you should warm up lets talk about how.

You can use warm up exercises that I or another vocal coach or voice teacher has created.  You can play the exercises for yourself on the piano or use a download or CD that pays the exercises for you.  It’s best to warm-up slowly taking at least 30 minutes.

A good warm-up should start in an easy mid-range section and slowly and thoroughly work through all of your registers.  I like to focus the last half of my work out on the area of my voice that I will be using the most in my performance.

For example, I don’t often sing Ava Maria or the The Lord’s Prayer for a wedding but occasionally I am asked to. I always work out my head voice, but I will spend lots of extra time on this area of my voice when I need to rely on it for a performance. My professional performers use my vocal workouts every time before they sing.  Actually I hope all my singers do!

I even heard one singer who goes thought the whole warm up twice.  The first time she does lip roll for the entire workout!  She then goes though it using the vowels and consonant blends that I suggest.

Need a workout?  Go to my site for a free Pre-Show Warm Up .  It’s not a long thorough one, but it will get you started.  You can purchase the Singers Workshop Volumes 1 and 2 on my website for a thorough system of exercises that will warm up and work out every area of your range and get your voice in top shape!

Marjorie Searcy

Marjorie Searcy brings unique experience to the field of vocal coaching. She is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville where she studied commercial voice and music education. Having performed everything from classical to country, rock and jazz, her emphasis is on providing singers with the technique to effectually communicate the style they enjoy.

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