vocal health

Gargle Instead of Clearing Your Throat

Are you guilty of clearing your throat? Even if it’s not a frequent habit and you only do it when you’re sick, it’s just not the best. Why? Well clearing your throat is actually pretty darn violent for your vocal cords – you’re essentially smashing them together trying to get the gunk off – when the truth is that […]

Animal Movements (Body)

Guess what happened… On Monday I was having a session with a private client, and I said “I know what would be great for your warm up. Try the animals exercise!!” So I hopped over to the How To Warm Up youtube playlist to grab the link, and it wasn’t there. Hmm. After the session I started digging, and […]

Tongue Twisters (Language)

Wow wow wow. This is the last How To Warm Up video of the series. We have to wind it down because I’ve taught you everything I know! (Joking/not joking 😜) But truly, the How To Warm Up series is now quite complete in terms of giving you a ton of great options for How To Warm Up. And […]

Exaggerate Your Sounds, Part 2: Continuous Sounds (Language)

Comin’ atcha with Part 2 of the Exaggerate Your Sounds exercise! This week we’re making every possible lllllllooooooooonnnnnng sound that we can. That includes vowels plus categories of consonants that are called frictatives, nasals, and approximants/semi-vowels. (You’ll get what I mean once you watch the video!). The exercise will take you considerably longer than Part […]

Exaggerate Your Sounds, Part 1: Sharp Sounds (Language)

Here’s an exercise to help you with your reading! In Part One of two videos about exaggerating your sounds, you’ll learn how going overboard to do an exercise that makes your crisp explosive sounds even crisper can help with the clarity of delivering text or a speech. This How To Warm Up video falls in the […]

Patting and Massaging (Body)

When’s the last time you got a professional massage? Of course I hope your answer is “Yesterday!,” but chances are that’s not the case. I mean look, getting a massage requires transporting yourself to a different location, paying someone money, lying naked on a table for an hour, and of course subjecting yourself to a […]

Swinging Sequence (Body)

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 […]

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 […]

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 🐍. […]