How to warm up

Chanting the Primary Vowel Sounds (Resonance)

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 […]

Oral Resonance (Resonance)

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 […]

Loft Resonance (Resonance)

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 […]

Mask Resonance (Resonance)

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 […]

Sound That Feels True To You (Impulse)

In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re going back to the very beginning: our initial impulse to make sound. This one might feel a little bit woo-woo earth-crunchy to you (you always knew I was wearing Birkenstocks on those feet!), but I promise it’s a great one to try. The deal is: you’re going […]

How To Warm Up Your Voice: The Intro to the “How To Warm Up” Series

Welcome to the How To Warm Up video series!! 🎉 If you’re like: “Ummmm, Elissa, I’ve been watching these videos for a year…” then I know the welcome sounds weird. I’m welcoming you back though, because I recently got around to re-filming the introduction video! (As you may have noticed if you’ve been following the videos for […]

Breath of Fire (Breath)

In today’s How To Warm Up video, I’m covering a breathing technique from yoga called Breath of Fire!! 🔥 Breath of fire, which is called kapalabhati in Sanskrit (that means skull-shining breath 💀🌟) is used as a technique to move energy upward in the body, or make the coiled kundalini ‘snake’ begin to rise 🐍. […]

Release on the Inhalation (Breath)

Our How To Warm Up video is longer than usual today. Why? Because it’s one of the most important exercises I teach, and I think you deserve to understand it fully! The exercise is called “Release on the Inhalation” and it’s for your breathing. It will teach you how to take an easy breath, which […]

Quick Articulator Sequence (Articulation)

Today’s How To Warm Up video is quick, easy, and goofy as usual. Check out my favorite warm up sequence for the articulators – namely the lips, tongue, and jaw (and a little somethin’ somethin’ for the skull too because it feels good!). If you get really good at this one, you can probably do […]