Just like an athlete needs to stretch their muscles before practice or the big game, a singer will need to warm up their voice by doing singing exercises before a rehearsal or a performance. You’ll only need to spend about ten minutes warming up your voice in order to prevent poor performance or damage to the vocal cords.
Singing Exercises: The Top Two Favorites
Buzzing your lips can be a great way to exercise the vocal cords. Start by vibrating the lips together, without any type of pitch. This singing exercise can take some getting used to. It will help to build stamina and breath support while singing. Next, add some pitch and hold it for five seconds. Your pitch can stay on note or go up or down. You should feel a weird tickling sensation in your cheeks and nose. If you’re not feeling this then you aren’t trying hard enough.
Solfa is an exercise most singers are familiar with. Start on middle C and sing solfa up and down the scale, slowly, and really listen to each pitch. You can also use a piano to warm up with while doing this exercise. This can really work to train your ear.
How to sing?
Stay on one note and sing mmmah may me moo slowly, and really pronounce the m sound. Start off low and sing up the scale. Try to see if you can sing this exercise all in one breath. Put some focus on the intonation and tone in order to create the best vocal sound.
An exercise that includes an arpeggio will help you to work on your range. Start off low and sing I love you while smiling. Begin on the root note and then get to the octave, going down to the 3rd then the root chord once again. This is a great exercise for testing your range and it can be done quickly, in just one breath.
Saving the Best Vocal Exercise for Last
The siren is considered one of the easiest exercises to do. Think of the sound an ambulance makes and imitate it with your voice. Begin at the lowest note in your range, sliding through each note to the top of your range. If you’re able to sing the high and low notes, then you know your voice is in good shape. This can also be a good way to determine if you’re vocally fatigued. If you can’t hit the high notes, don’t push yourself in order to prevent injury or strain. You can also do this exercise in reverse, going from high to low.
These exercises can take as little as ten to fifteen minutes a day and can help to improve your singing tremendously.