Hello, all of you beautiful vocalists out there.

Welcome to a three-part blog series on Vocal Warm-ups!

This week we focus on what every Vocalist must do physically before we hear those harmonious melodies.

Do this for a minimum of twenty minutes per day.

Relaxation and Breathing:

Yawn – do this extensively and often! It is the best way to stretch your throat muscles, raise your soft palette and open your throat.

Lying down, with your knees, feet hip-width apart, keeping your chin low so that your neck is in alignment with your spine, rest your hands just below your rib cage, close your eyes and breathe. Don’t think about it at first, just breathe. Feel how your body expands naturally. Allow the breath to relax you. Make sure your jaw is relaxed and your throat is open.

Focus on your breathing and identify how your body breathes. Feel how your torso expands with each ‘in breath’ and contracts with each ‘out breath’. Then begin to control the breath by breathing in over a count of four and exhaling over a count of eight, making sure you maintain the breath to the end of the count, whilst still getting rid of all breath by the end of the count.

Physical Warm-Up:

Now stand up. Do this slowly by coming to your hands and knees then rolling up through your spine to avoid getting a head rush!

Warm up your torso by stretching your arms out to the sides at shoulder level then stretch them up above your head. Then pull your shoulders forwards in front of you, rounding your back to ensure you get a good stretch across your back.

Drop your head forwards then roll up to the left, then back down to the centre and up to the right. Repeat this. Then, let your head come back to its usual position and let it fall backward – again slowly (never jerk your neck) – open your mouth.

Now bring your head back to its usual position again and tip over to the left , curling your left hand over to rest just above your ear and let the weight of your hand stretch your neck. Release and tip your head to the right, again curling your hand over to rest just above your ear, maintain the same breath pattern. Make sure you feel no tensions in your body.Stand in front of a mirror to ensure that you are breathing correctly. Watch how your torso expands, keep your shoulders relaxed and ensure your throat is open by drinking in a ‘pint of air’. Imagine you are about to drink a pint of air and feel how your soft palate lifts. Breathe out slowly over a count of eight and maintain your posture – don’t let your shoulders collapse.

Stand in front of a mirror to ensure that you are breathing correctly. Watch how your torso expands, keep your shoulders relaxed and ensure your throat is open by drinking in a ‘pint of air’. Imagine you are about to drink a pint of air and feel how your soft palate lifts. Breathe out slowly over a count of eight and maintain your posture – don’t let your shoulders collapse.

Okay well hopefully, you feel the difference!

Make sure you come back next week for Part 2 of this Vocal Warm-up series!

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