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Alright friends… today’s How To Warm Up video is goofy. Watch me make some funny faces as I demonstrate how to do the “camel stretch” to release the muscles through the front of your neck and your jaw. It’s ridiculous, it’s amazing, and it’s a fabulous stretch.
By the way – a huge thank you and big love to my teacher and friend Paul Backer for teaching me this one. Paul is no longer with us, but he brought so many students at the University of Southern California and beyond joy with this exercise and many others. We love you and miss you Paul.
Today’s How To Warm Up video is going to teach you a really simple exercise to “stretch” your vocal cords. Yes is it’s true, that’s possible… just like any other muscle, your vocal cords can stretch! And when they do, it actually raises your pitch. So you’ll learn this very simple, useful warm up that moves from the top to the bottom and back up to the top of your pitch range to stretch and release your vocal cords smoothly. Let’s zipper!
Do you know what a trill is? Maybe you know you can’t do one? Well in today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re going to use a bilabial trill (that’s a fancy way of saying a trill with your two lips) to warm up your voice and your lips. Plus trills are totally awesome because they help calibrate your airflow… you’ll only be able to set them into this rapid vibration trill motion if you’ve got an ideal amount of air flowing through your vocal cords. Huzzah!
In today’s How To Warm Up video, I’m in the studio with plenty of space to move around so I can show you the “Do what feels good” exercise. This one is really important, and here’s why… yes I’ve created this How To Warm Up video series so that you can watch the Intro video, understand how to structure a warm up, and put together one of your own using all the videos in the playlist. But some days that’s just too heady/too by-rote/too prescriptive. Some days you just gotta follow your intuition and do what feels good. So check out this video to learn how following your impulses can help you do your perfect warm up.
Watch the Do What Feels Good exercise (impulse) here:
We’re going full-on yoga in today’s How To Warm up video… woohoo! In this video we’re going to play with resonance by chanting the sound Om. Om, which is also sometimes written as Aum, is the yoga mantra of the whole universe. It contains within it three sounds: Ah, Oo, and Mm. Ah is said to symbolize beginning or creation, Oo is said to symbolize middle or maintenance, and Mm pertains to ending or destruction. So by chanting the full sound Om, we tap into the vibrations of the whole universe, and the 3 dimensions of space in the vocal tract. Check it out and you too can start chanting Om to explore and improve your resonance (and elevate your spirit!).
Watch the Chanting the Om exercise (resonance) here:
In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re going to do a really fun simple warm up that energizes you through shaking. Check out my version of the “countdown,” which warms up both your Body and your Articulation at the same time (woot!). It’s rhythmic, fun, and almost like the hokey pokey.
And by the way – if you know and love a different version of this exercise, feel free to share in the comments!!
Check out this week’s How To Warm Up video to learn the importance of pitch variation in your vocal inflection, and how it helps people understand you…
It’s very common to unconsciously limit our vocal range when we’re reading something from a book or sharing something that we’ve memorized or said many times. However, this makes it hard for our listeners to understand what we’re saying and hear the contrast of different ideas we’re presenting. So… learn how you can read a kids book (I’ll share Dr. Seuss!) to help you embrace the extended and full pitch range with your voice!
Watch the Intonation of Contrast exercise (language) here:
Go grab a book off a kid’s/niece’s/nephew’s (your… I don’t judge!) shelf, and let’s dive in!!
Today’s brand new How To Warm Up video covers my very favorite exercise for reminding your body what it feels like to engage the low belly action of breath support. If you want to be sure that you’re supporting your voice well, then check this out… you’ll learn both the “Sh, let it go” and “Hey, let it go” techniques that you can use in in every single warm up you do! Let’s dive in:
Watch the Breath Support – Sh, Let It Go exercise (breath) here:
I LOVE today’s How To Warm Up exercise, and I’m so excited to share it with you. Learn how a belly massage can help you release your guts and breathe more freely. Though I originally learned this practice as a technique for better digestion from my studies of Ayurveda (Indian medicine), I’ve found it’s incredibly beneficial for your voice too! Check it out, and as an extra bonus we’ll play with a water balloon too (you’ll get it when you see it! 😉 )
Watch the Belly Massage For Your Voice (Body) exercise here:
AND – since this video is launching on December 1st, and I’m making it a personal challenge to do a belly massage daily right now – join me for the December belly massage challenge! We’ll check in in the Voice Body Connection community facebook group. Join me here!!
Happy Thanksgiving all! Coming at you with a special edition video straight from my parent’s kitchen in Northern California. It’s that time of year where a lot of us get sick, get laryngitis, feel vocally dry because our heaters are on, etc etc. My top vocal health recommendation always is to steam to lubricate your vocal cords, and it’s extra important at this time of year! So in order to encourage you to steam, I’ve filmed this instructional video. I hope you enjoy, and of course let me know if you have any questions.
Watch the How to Steam Your Vocal Cords demo here:
Happy steaming, happy turkey digesting, and here’s to the start of a healthy, happy holiday season!