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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Basics: Warm-Ups Versus Exercises & Songs

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>> Many singers think that all they need
to do is sing some songs and
their voice will warm up eventually.
That may or may not be true.
Actually, if a, if you were to use that as
your warm-up approach.
You might find that you need to, take a
rest after singing for a little while,
or that in fact, you couldn't sing that
long without your voice getting tired.
Any athlete knows that prior to doing
whatever their Olympic feat is,
even running.
That they need to stretch and limber the
muscles, and
that way the muscles are prepared to do
whatever you're gonna ask them to do.
Your voice is made,
the sounds of it, are made from different
muscle actions most of which are internal.
Maybe it's because we can't see what is
going on,
we and perhaps because we as singers tend
to associate
our personality with our voice, it gets a
little ethereal.
We don't realize that, you know, it's the
body that's making the sound,
and we need to prepare it.
So that it can do the best job possible
for us.
Resultantly, warm ups are their own thing.
And we're about to get into quite a number
of them for you, so
that you can employ these different
methods that I've put together.
And I've been using, based on the research
that I did, I've been using them for many,
many years now and, actually been one of
the pioneers to,
to get this message out to singers around
the world.
What are warm ups?
How do you do them?
What are the best ones?
What really aren't warm ups, and
instead are actually exercises, for
example or of course just singing songs.
Now exercises are those types of,
of sounds we'll say that use different
To get muscles active, aligned, working
together, create stamina of the muscles so
that you can sing for hours at a time and
not get tired.
You're able to do, if you're concertizing,
I mean,
I've been able to do this for years.
Several hours of sound check and rehearsal
with your band.
Have a dinner break, and then roll into a
two hour concert.
And you can do that eventually, when
you're fully prepared.
You can do that night and day, after night
and day.
And your voice will just get stronger.
not weaker and tired and hoarse, so
it's all about knowing what is a warmup
versus what's an exercise approach, and
they both work together.
And then, when you start singing, your
voice is ready to spring to action, and
sound the best possible from the very
first song.
Now, you may be studying all of these
different methods, just to sing for
your enjoyment which is wonderful and, of
course, if you want to enjoy,
singing, so that it's not tough, it's not
You can just use your voice to express.
On the other hand if you want to move this
into or are already, performing,
gigging, going to open mics, this type of
thing, the steps that you
take prior to singing songs basically
would be the same.
Warm-ups, the way that I've created them,
primarily use various types of vibrations
that act as a massage really, to different
areas of muscles.
So, for example, the, roof of your mouth,
which is called the palette,
is subdivided into what's called a hard
palette and a soft palette.
If you were to open your mouth and
look in a mirror, you might see that
little dangly guy, you know,
in the back, from the roof of your mouth,
and that's part of the soft palate.
Also if you take the tip of your tongue
and touch the roof,
and then bring it all the way back.
Try it out.
There's a point where it starts getting
softer, and
that's the beginning of the soft palate.
Then there's also your tongue, there's
muscles within the throat,
there're the muscles specifically of the
vocal folds, which we'll be looking at
a little more in detail, quite a number of
lessons forward from here.
And, you have, additionally muscles that
have to do with your breathing process.
And we'll address all of these things.
It's not complicated, but once you
understand what they are and
what to do about them, it becomes a very
easy, natural routine.
A lot of people ask me how long should
they do warm-ups for.
This is a very personal answer.
Sometimes it takes me five minutes and I'm
fully warmed up and ready to go.
Sometimes I need longer.
These factors have to do with things like
how hydrated are you, which means.
Are you taking in sufficient fluid during
the day?
We'll address this in a section about
vocal health,
a little later in the curriculum.
But hydration is a very important aspect,
because it keeps muscles capable of
function, much better.
Other, otherwise they sort of.
If you were to use as an analogy a dried
out sponge, and
trying to get it to do things for you.
You know, it's pretty brittle and stiff.
So the voice can be like that, unless it's
well hydrated.
Also, how well have you slept?
Are you getting enough rest, exercise?
Things like these, impose themselves, as
it were,
on how easy your voice can work for you.
And again we'll address these in more
detail in the section on vocal health.
But they have a lot to do with warm up.
So as far as length of time with warm up.
It's really about how does your voice feel
when you start, and
how does it progress as you go along with
your different warm ups.
So I'm gonna supply you with quite a few
of them, and
then that way, you can find out how your
voice responds.
Once you start practicing them, you might
find that
your voice responds really well to certain
ones, and other ones not so good.
Somebody else might find it the other way
So, this, again, is a personal choice.
What works best for you?
How long do you need on any given day.
And as long as I, which I will supply you
with, the right tools then
you are put in the driver seat and you can
make the right choices for yourself.
Just remember you always do need to
warm-up to whatever extent is proper for
you, prior to singing songs.
Most of my exercises, in terms of families
of exercises,
will start off with easier ones and
gradate to ones that are more demanding.
And that way they do start off with a bit
of warming up your voice, but they don't
totally take the place of what we're about
to get into, which are warmups themselves.
And you may find certain ones, you know,
mayb,e three or four of them.
Just before getting into vocal exercises,
would be a right routine for you.
If you're not doing exercises, which you
really, right before singing songs.
You would do warm ups and then sing songs.
Exercises are their own thing, and
we'll be looking at them specifically as
we roll forward in this curriculum.