Warm-Up Your Voice

Mrs. Propp’s Vocal Warm-Ups

Do these first, then choose a song from A Song For Today or themed Songlists.  Want a song each day in your inbox?  Sign-up for Suzanne’s “SING DAILY” daily e-mail.

(A little STRETCHING every day is good for you, too!)

  • Start by standing up, feet shoulder-width apart, both feet flat on the floor;
  • stretch both hands to the ceiling;
  • open your hands, close your hands;
  • take a deep breath in through your nose and let it out while bending down to touch your toes;
  • come up slowly counting to 8 and leading with the back of your neck
  • repeat stretch, breathe and bend;
  • put one hand flat on your belly (pinky in belly button and thumb pointing up so you can feel your muscles) and one hand flat on your back;
  • practice making “shoosh”-ing sounds (e.g. “sh! sh! sh-sh! sh!”)
  • try doing 3 siren sounds with your mouth in the shape of an “O” (pretend you are an ambulance or fire engine);
  • open your mouth as wide as you can;
  • show your teeth, lips and tongue;
  • try lip trills;
  • try tongue trills.
  • try singing scales (one note at a time going up and down) on “ee” and bouncing the notes.

NOW…Choose a song from the Songlists or A Song For Today

If you’re wondering why warm-ups are important, check out this website from INSPIRED TO SING

and these Vocal Straw Exercises from Ingo Titze

And here are “The Best Vocal Exercises From The Sweet Adelines

Coming soon:  an animated warm-up video!  (Want to help me make one??)

Music Evangelist