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Did you know that spinal flexibility is really important to your overall health? (If you’re a chiropractor, I’m guessing your answer to this is yes!!). Of course your spinal health contributes to your alignment, which means it’s also really important for your voice. So including spinal movements in your vocal/physical warm up is crucial. And an easy way to include spinal movements in your warm up is to do this really fun and simple swinging sequence. In these exercises, you’ll use the momentum of swinging your body to get your spine moving in all possible directions. Let’s do it – you’ll feel awesome afterwards and the whole thing takes less than a minute!
Hey you! Question: what do you do when you wake up in the morning and you know it would feel good to move? I’m gonna take a wild guess… you go get coffee! (Am I right, am I right?!) Okay maybe you’re actually good at taking a moment to stretch rather than reaching for the ingestible stimulants. But just in case you aren’t doing your morning stretching, let’s make it easy for you… try this really simple stretching sequence as a great addition to your warm up and/or do it at the very start of your day! I am willing to guarantee that you’ll feel better after you do it.
Do you like yoga? Are you scared of it?? Either way, I encourage you to try this simple yoga warm up for your body. It’s a super common practice called Sun Salutations – and in fact we’re just doing the half-version so it’s truly easy to follow even if you’ve never practiced before. Yoga is all about syncing your movement and your breath, which is incredibly beneficial as part of a voice warm up. So follow along in this week’s How To Warm Up video and learn how Sun Salutations can be a fun, easy part of your daily routine.
Do you ever have issues with clarity with your nasal sounds? (M, N, or NG?) If so, you may actually have a soft palate issues. You may know your soft palate as the squishy part at the back of the roof of your mouth, but something you may not know about it is that it’s actually a flap of tissue that lowers and raises to close off the airway to your nasal passages! Whoa!!
In order to have super clear nasal sounds then, and also to have less nasality in your overall speaking voice, you need to have a very dextrous soft palate. So if you think yours could use a little workout, then I suggest checking out this week’s How To Warm Up video!
In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’ll talk about why humming is one of the simplest and most fabulous exercises to warm up your voice. Why is it so great? Because humming up and down in pitch is a gentle stretch for your vocal cords! So it’s great to use as a warm up or cool down… in the same way that you would stretch out your hamstrings before and after you run.
I highly encourage you to adopt humming as part of your daily routine, and especially if you’re practicing making sound while releasing vocal tension.
Today’s How To Warm Up video is a really big one! My existing laryngeal massage video from the beta round of How To Warm Up has 26,000 views and counting on youtube… which means that people are obviously searching to learn how to release tension in their throat! Are you one of the people who’s curious?? If so, I’ve got great news for you. The old video only featured two of the five full steps I teach to release muscle tension in and around the larynx. But this video features all five steps! If you’re someone who wants to release muscle tension and mitigate vocal fatigue – waste no time. Watch this video now and start practicing:
Did you know that vowel sounds are created by the shape and placement of your tongue in your mouth? Try a few vowel sounds to see what I mean!
First say a long “Ahhhh.” For this sound, your tongue is low in your mouth.
Next say a long “Ooohh.” For this sound, your tongue is high in the back of your mouth and your lips come forward.
Finally say a long “Eeeee.” For this sound, your tongue comes higher in the front of your mouth.
Can you feel all that?!?
In today’s How To Warm Up video, you’ll learn how to chant these three cardinal (primary) vowel sounds to create more resonance and power in your voice.
Try the Chanting the Primary Vowel Sounds exercise here:
To cite where this is coming from… this exercise combines techniques that I’ve learned in my studies of yoga and Sanskrit, theatre voice training, singing pedagogy, and Body-Mind Centering. In other words, a lot of people think this vowel/directionality/chanting exploration is a thing! So I’m excited to share it with you.
Let me know what you think by commenting below… I’d love to hear what you discover!
Oral resonance is the quality of sound that bounces around in your oral cavity… aka your mouth. It helps you have a sound with more depth and richness of tone. In today’s How To Warm Up video you’ll learn how to tap into oral resonance so your sound bounces powerfully off the roof of your mouth and reaches your listener’s ear with ease. Who knows, you may even land a job as a radio DJ with this one!
It’s time for another How To Warm Up video about resonance! In today’s video you’re going to learn how tapping on the top of your head will help you lengthen your vocal tract (the voice tube, if you will) up and down so you get a more lofty, floating sound. This exercise is especially valuable for people who are experiencing vocal fatigue and want to make a fuller sound with less work.
Wanna have a voice that travels powerfully through space and pings off the side of the room? Work on your mask resonance! In today’s How To Warm Up video you will learn how to tap into the “mask” resonance in the front of your face (think cheekbones and eyebrows), you’ll be able to create a more powerful sound with less work. Sounds pretty appealing, right? Let’s do it!