“How long should I practice?” I have received this question plenty of times, and to be honest I’m afraid it’s not as simple as giving you a schedule to keep. However I do have a lot of thoughts on the subject that I think can help you find what is best for yourself in your unique situation. Read on for more.
Hi Singers … and Speakers! Hope your summer is starting off well. Everywhere I look, I see people stretching and warming up before they run, walk, play golf, baseball and every other sport. It’s always easy to spot those who are just “doing something” before they get active and those who understand the principles and movements that will allow them to be their best and without injury.
As you might guess, knowing what you’re doing and why when you warm up to sing is just as important. It’s not a matter of making some sounds. It’s a matter of understanding how your voice works and what exercises will literally prepare you to sing well. The same principles apply to those who teach and coach and even salespeople who are on the phone all day.
Vocal Coach Complete Warm-Up is not just a collection of exercises. It actually teaches you the principles of a good vocal warm-up so that you can always be properly prepared to use your voice without straining.
I love this feedback we received from Lonnie in Los Angeles, it reflects so well the reason I created Complete Warm-Up:
Your ‘Vocal Athlete’ parallel is so accurate. I am an athlete, but never realized what I was putting my voice through. With no warm-up whatsoever I would put huge demands on my voice… daily. Now, I start every day warming up on the way to work and I’m “vocally aware” throughout the day. I also love cooling down after rehearsals or performances. Now I understand it. I feel like I’m singing smarter and protecting my voice.
Now is a great time to get the Vocal Coach Complete Warm-Up CD or mp3 download. It’s easy to understand and has been helping and protecting those who use their voice for dozens of years. And, it’s 20% off right now.
Should a lip trill be done softly, and is this a good exercise for an over worked tired voice? Read Chris' answer at the Vocal Coach Blog.
Tis’ the season to be singing!
Most of us are almost done with the big Christmas productions. Unfortunately, many are also coughing and having trouble hearing due to head congestion. Other than medications here are some tips to keep you singing through the end of the year… with excellence:
HYDRATE MORE. Winter season (at least in North America) means dryer air outside. It also means dryer air inside as a result of heated homes and cars (which I am thankful for). That, plus all the extra singing, and even talking if you work retail means UP YOUR HYDRATION. Water, water and more water.
THE POWER OF THE HUMM. Humming, with a chewing motion is a great way to keep things warmed up and resonating. It’s also a natural decongestant. It helps loosen and drain stuffy areas, which along with good hydration keeps you healthier. (Some of the silly noises babies make are really God-given exercises to keep the head and larynx area healthy.) Those of you who use the Lip Trill or buzzing motor exercise should also do that. It’s one of the absolute best warm-ups ever. Here’s what it sounds like:
The OTC (over the counter) product called Neil Med Nasal Rinse, available from Walgreens and sometimes Costco is an outstanding way to flush out the nasal passages and sinuses. It’s very inexpensive and used by thousands of singers and speakers to keep the body’s “air filters” clean and open.
Hope this helps, and that you finish the year with joy in your heart and health in your voice. The message of the Son of God is one of the strongest, most meaningful you will ever sing.
Relax, and take the following ten easy steps to correct breathing