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VOCAL WARM UPS & RELAXATION-EXERCISE YOUR VOICE Just like the muscles in your body, your voice also needs to be exercised regularly. And just like your full body workout, you should properly warm up your vocal chords and supporting muscles to keep your voice performing at peak condition.

To keep your voice in shape, try these daily warm up exercises and relaxation techniques.

WARM UP

Warming up your voice helps to stretch and wake up the muscles that assist in breathing, alignment, and vocal strength/volume that optimize range and vocal production.

First, start with by releasing tension in your neck, jaw, and supporting vocal muscles.

Stand in front of a mirror so you can see the alignment of your body as you perform your vocal warm up.

Stand up straight, relax your shoulders (don't hunch!) and place your hands by your side

Raise your chin and slightly clench your jaw

Now, relax your jaw and lower your chin to your chest and slowly raise your chin towards your right shoulder.

Move your chin back to the center and repeat towards your left shoulder.

Repeat five times, maintaining a slow rolling motion to loosen your neck and throat muscles.

Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth throughout the exercise.

Now, slowly raise your chin and look towards the ceiling then slowly down to your chest.
Repeat this motion five times

Release Tension in your Jaw

Your jaw is the instrument your voice comes out of, so relieving tension in your jaw is paramount to proper vocal production.

To release tension in your jaw, massage your checks with the heel of each hand.
Rotating clockwise, push in and down right below your cheekbone

Your jaw should open without you even thinking about it and be forced to relax.

Repeat for five minutes

With your neck, jaw and throat now stretched out, warm up those vocal chords and mouth muscles by HUMMING, CHEWING & TRILLS.

HUM - Practice humming with your mouth open and closed. Try humming the classic "Do-Rei-Me"'s.


CHEW

Exaggerate a chewing motion while repeating random sounds, words, phrases, sentences, or lyrics. Then slowly reduce the degree of exaggeration of the mouth. Chewing exercises will assist in relieving tension in the vocal tract, laryngeal area, and jaw.

LIP & TONGUE TRILLS

Trills relax the lips and tongue, engage breathing, and eliminate tension in your mouth, supporting vocal muscles, tongue, and jaw.
Trills relax the lips and tongue, engage breathing, and eliminate tension in your mouth, supporting vocal muscles, tongue, and jaw.

For lip trills, make a raspberry sound by relaxing your lips and placing them together.
Repeat pronouncing a variety of consonant sounds, like "h" and "b" slowly up and down your range.

For tongue trills, roll your "r's."
Place your tongue behind your teeth (upper row) and exhale while making the rolling "r" sound.

Hold the sound while varying the pitch.
Finally, get your breathing on point.

DEEP BREATHING

Most people (professional vocalists included) typically use only the top of their lungs when breathing. This type of tense, shallow breathing doesn't fully employ the diaphragm, meaning you are losing valuable air for power and vocal production.

To fully employ your diaphragm while breathing, keep your shoulders low and keep your chest, shoulders, neck, and core relaxed Your stomach should be the part of your body moving up and down--NOT your chest.

To practice breathing deep, concentrate on projecting a hissing sound at a low level on your exhale. Keep a hand on your stomach to assure you are breathing properly through your diaphragm and not the top of your lungs.

If you are finding any of these exercises difficult or uncomfortable, you may want to speak to a vocal specialist to assure you do not have any vocal polyps, nodules, or hemorrhages. For more questions, visit the ColoradoVoiceClinic.com
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 @ 5:22 AM MST Posted by
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