voice lessons

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 […]

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 […]

Notice What’s In The Room (Impulse)

Today’s warm up exercise is very powerful for connecting your impulses to your ability to express yourself. It’s a simple exercise that I call “notice what’s in the room,” and it’s a way to practice being more present and expressive. Since it pertains to the first step in the whole “How To Warm Up” sequence […]

Tongue Circles

In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re doing a simple, awesome articulator workout that I call tongue circles. Tongue circles are a great way to give your tongue a thorough workout. What’s the value of that? Well when you understand what it feels like to reallllly engage the muscles of your tongue, it helps you understand […]

The Roll Down

If you’re like me (coming from a theatre/singing/yoga background), It’s very possible you’ve done today’s exercise about a gagillion times. But it’s also totally possible that you’ve never done the roll down! Whatever your experience, I promise you’ll learn something new in today’s How To Warm Up video. Adding this Body exercise to your warm […]

Facial muscle warm up

In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re going to learn how to warm up your facial muscles so that all of your impulses can make their way into full expression! I’ve put this exercise under the Impulse category for that reason, though of course a facial warm up improves your articulation too! So join […]

Oral Resonance

It’s time for another Resonance exercise! I’m excited for today’s because it goes hand in hand with the two we’ve done so far in the How To Warm Up series. Today we’re covering Oral Resonance – the sound that gives your voice a rich, deep quality. This one is great for cultivating your radio announcer […]

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 […]