We’ve all heard that warming up the voice before singing is important. But did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way of doing it?
Read below to find out if you’re making any of these common vocal warm-up mistakes!
1. Not warming up.
Skipping your vocal warm-up before recording, performing live, or just singing, in general, is a sure way to cause strain and over-exertion. It compromises your endurance, encourages bad habits, and could potentially lead to voice disorders.
2. Using songs to warm up instead of exercises.
Vocal exercises are significantly more effective than songs for warming up. A proper exercise intelligently combines a sound (like “muh”) with a particular musical scale in a specific vocal range. Songs do not offer this level of precision for warming up a voice.
3. Going too loud too fast.
Raising your volume too quickly in a warm-up will compromise endurance and could cause irritation in the throat, which often leads to an unpleasant tickle sensation or a cough when singing.
4. Doing too little or too much.
Voices are unique. Some need more warming up than others. Some tenors and sopranos can be fully warm in 10-15 minutes, whereas some basses and altos could take 30 minutes or more. Doing too little could cause the problems described in point #1. Conversely, doing too much can fatigue your voice before you even hit the stage!
5. Not warming up all necessary parts of your vocal range.
A well-tailored vocal warm-up should include every vocal coordination your voice will need to use in a performance. In many cases, it’s actually a good idea to warm-up all parts of your voice even if you won’t be using all of it.
Benny Meza is a Master Associate at Brett Manning Studios in Nashville, TN. He’s taught over 6,000 vocal lessons and has worked with clients from Warner Music, RCA, Universal Music Group, and many others.
Want the perfect warmup for your voice? Book a lesson with Benny today!