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Country Vocals Lessons: Building a Warm Up Routine

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Great work
on warm ups.
You've got a nice pool of
warm ups to choose from now.
You can string those together to give
yourselves a nice working warm up process.
Choose which ones you feel
like you especially enjoy.
Or that you could especially use
the extra practice on intervals or
articulating scales.
Use them as a warm-up.
Use them also as a little
bit of ear training,
a little bit of articulating practice.
These should only be used
primarily as warm-up though.
You don't wanna jump into,
in your warm-up process,
you don't wanna jump into
practicing technique issues.
You wanna just give yourself
a chance to warm up the mechanism,
focus everything on
the activity of singing.
While you're in this course, it's a good
idea to make notes on your notes.
As you're warming up,
make note of how this register feels, this
modal register, which is what we're mostly
working in right now, this chest voice.
And how you recognize,
how you become familiar with
going from your chest voice,
this modal speaking voice into the little
higher register of your head voice.
Feel the difference for yourself.
You are really the only one that can
identify where that transition happens,
and it's a mix.
So your chest voice moving
into your head voice,
they will overlap for several notes.
There will be a range where they overlap.
We're gonna work more specifically on
that transition between chest voice and
head voice.
But while you're warming up,
use it as an opportunity to just explore
your own voice and make notes to yourself.
I can feel my chest voice
when I'm in this mode and
I'm getting this tone as I
move higher in my chest voice.
I can feel it getting more difficult
up to this high, A say for example.
And then I feel like I don't wanna go any
higher than that in that particular tone.
I feel like I can go quiet a bit higher
when I switch to this other tone.
That's how you start
to really identify for
yourself the difference between your
chest voice and your head voice.
These warm ups are a good way for you to
just in a very gentle safe protected way
start to get intimately familiar
with your particular voice and
where your registers lie.
Where your chest voice starts
to move into your head voice.
What the lower register feels like
is your bottom, where is your top.
So that as you continue to grow and
challenge yourself and expand your
vocabulary and expand your range,
you can have a little bit of
documentation of how far you've come.
When you're doing these warm ups, focus
on articulating each note accurately and
maintaining, of course, pitch,
constant pitch, and staying in tune.
And you'll find that these
warm ups are not only
a good way to warm up and
get prepared to sing but
will also give you a lot of
information about your own voice.