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VOCAL WARM UP - TAP INTO YOUR INNER ANIMAL…AND CHILD
Vocal warm ups don’t need to be a bore. Tap into your inner animal (and child) with some of these kid and adult-friendly warm ups that involve making animal noises and fun tongue twisters. These fun vocal exercises help you get a feel for different sensations in your facial "mask" (especially the nose and cheekbones) and throat, as well as help you develop and utilize your diaphragm.
But more importantly, these exercises will help you learn how to properly warm up your voice to ensure a solid performance and vocal stamina.
So why animal noises? Believe it or not, meowing like a cat or mooing like a cow employs the "primal" sounds beginning singers need to learn how to use.
With your feet shoulder width apart, stand tall (shoulders back), open your mouth and in a deep voice, sing the following:
“Maaaaa… Mayyyyyy… Meeeeeee… Mowwww… Moooooo.”
Keep your and on your stomach to ensure your abdominal muscles are constricting with each note. If they aren’t, you’re not using your diaphragm and need to pay attention to singing from your belly, not your throat.
This vocal exercise opens you up and gets your voice prepared. It can also be used as a relaxation technique for performers who tend toward anxiety.
Pant Like a Dog
This will help develop your diaphragm muscle and engage it while singing or speaking.
With your hand on your stomach, practice your breathing and diaphragm control by panting like a dog. Relax your tongue and throw, your stomach should be rising and contracting with each breath—just like a dog panting.
“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many peppers did Peter Piper pick? A peck!”
Maintain your posture, hold your hand on your stomach to ensure you are using your diaphragm, and repeat classic tongue twisters at different speeds. Speak as clearly as you possibly can, almost overemphasizing the sounds in an effort to maintain a high level of vocal clarity.
Tongue twisters can also help you pinpoint trouble spots. Some people have difficulty with the “shhhh” sound; others may not be able to pronounce their “r”s well. Once these trouble spots have been identified, they can be tackled on an individual basis.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 @ 3:42 PM MDT
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