Author: Elissa Weinzimmer

Straw Phonation

Hey there crew! Have you ever heard of straw phonation? It’s using a straw to practice making sound with optimal airflow and pressure. The concept was popularized by renowned voice doctor Ingo Titze in this popular youtube video 7 years ago, and has been taken on board by singers, voice teachers, and professional voice users […]

Kapalabhati Pranayama (Breath)

Calling all yogis and yoginis! Today’s How To Warm Up video is an awesome breathing exercise from yoga – a pranayama – called Kapalabhati (pronounced kuh-pall-uh-BAH-tee). Kapalabhati means “skull shining breath.” The idea is that when you practice this breathing technique, your skull winds up feeling all shiny and tingly from the energy you’re sending […]

The Swinging Exercises (Body)

It’s time to warm up your Body! And today we’re going to be doing something more vigorous: exercises that use the momentum of swinging. These three simple exercises will warm up your spine, get your blood flowing, and get your breath moving. Best of all, they’ll only take you 2 minutes!. These are two of […]

Sound That Feels True To You

Today’s exercise is both really simple and also totally challenging. It’s called “Sound That Feels True To You” and it’s a way to help connect your impulses to the sound that’s actually coming out of you. You know that feeling when something comes out of your mouth and it feels totally fake? And your inner […]

Tongue Twisters with Nasals

Last week in our Articulation exercise we practiced the nasal sounds M, N, and NG. Today, we’re going to put it all together into a few fun and silly tongue twisters that will get your soft palate and other articulators working in tip top shape! Check out the Tongue Twisters with Nasals exercise here: Are these […]

Nasals Articulation Exercise

Nasal sounds may not be the most obvious articulation issue, but if you can’t articulate nasals, you can’t articulate clearly. Why? Nasals require a lot of dexterity of the lips, tongue, and soft palate. The three main nasal sounds we use in English are M, N, and NG. Check out today’s How To Warm Up […]

Loft Resonance

In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’ve looped back around to a Resonance exercise! In the last loop we talked about mask resonance, which helps you get into a forward-placed, ping-y sound. Today, we’re going to talk about what I like to call ‘loft resonance.’ It helps you get into a taller, more robust placement. […]

Laryngeal Massage

I’ve been thinking about sharing the content in today’s How To Warm Up video for quite awhile, and I’m very excited the time has come! See, today I am teaching you how massage the muscles on the front of your throat. Your larynx (picture to your right) is your voice box: the thing made of cartilage that sits in your […]

Enrollment is open for spring online classes!

Enrollment is now open for my two spring classes, held live and online! I would love to learn, grow, and share with you: How Your Voice Works (and Why It Matters To Know!) A class for singers and voice teachers For seven weeks on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm EST starting May 10th How Your Voice […]

The “Sh, Let It Go” Breath Support Exercise

We’re back with another “How To Warm Up” video, and today we’re covering breath support! In the last video on Body we covered one of my favorite new things – abdominal massage. Massaging your guts is super beneficial for helping your belly release so you can allow in an easy, expansive inhalation. – HOWEVER – When we’re producing sound, the exhalation isn’t just released… […]