Vocal warm-ups for the female voice
Warming up before you sing is very important as it enables you to become aware of the muscles required for singing, to open areas of resonance in the throat & face and most importantly to connect the breath (and breath support) with the voice. You wouldn’t go for a long run without first warming up and the same goes for singing. This set of exercises is designed to be used at the beginning of your practice routine or before a choir rehearsal.
It is important to think about how you stand when you sing as this will affect your ability to breathe correctly. Stand up tall with your spine feeling as if it has a weight attached to the bottom of your tail bone (to keep it anchored) and also a nice gentle stretch up through the neck.
Try not to let this length diminish as you breathe or concentrate on your music. It is possible to speak or sing whilst holding your breath (try it if you don’t believe me!). This is bad for singing so the first few exercises are designed to make you aware of your airflow and how to keep it moving constantly as you sing. The ‘siren’ used in exercise 4 is another favourite of mine, used to extend the range and connect the voice to the support muscles.
Tip: don’t squeeze your throat to get the higher notes, increase your breath support instead and don’t forget to keep your air flow moving!
The audio tracks are also available on BandCamp :
Down load the Free Vocal Warm Up Sheet [download id=”3″]