THE BENEFITS OF VOCALIZING Singing is an athletic activity -- it requires muscular coordination. Your muscles will respond more efficiently when they are properly warmed up. Vocalizing not only warms up your voice but teaches your muscles how to coordinate. It also allows you to program muscular responses. These muscular responses are then activated when the music demands it.
Exercise requires oxygen intake, which in turn stimulates the
production of the body's own mood-lifting endorphins. So ultimately, singing
these exercises should benefit you mentally as well as vocally.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR VOICE You need to be properly hydrated for your voice to function efficiently, so drink plenty of fluids, preferably one to two quarts a day. Keep a water bottle with you at the office or when running errands and you can easily keep yourself hydrated. Some fluids adversely affect the voice. Alcohol (including the alcohol in mouthwash) irritates the mucous membranes of the vocal cords. Avoid coffee and other caffeinated beverages, as well as soft drinks that contain large amounts of sodium. These dehydrate your whole system, which in turn causes dry throat. Avoid abusing your voice. Yelling, shouting, or continuous loud talking in a crowded setting (such as a restaurant or a party) is hard on the voice. You can overuse the voice just as you can overwork any muscle in your body. Never strain your voice; avoid trying to reach pitches that are too high or too low if doing so causes discomfort. If you have a cold, a sore throat, or hoarseness, avoid singing unless your teacher or your doctor tells you otherwise.
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BREATHING AND POSTURE To breathe properly for singing, you have to forget all those years of trying to hold in your stomach. This does not mean that you should stick your stomach out, only that you have to release unnecessary holding. The lower in your body that you release, the more ease you will have with singing and breath management. You might notice that whether you are sitting or standing, when you release your abdominal muscles you can suddenly sit or stand taller. Posture is a key ingredient in allowing the breath to move freely through the throat. The entire head (from the nape of the neck) should move up. As you lengthen, your body can widen for deeper breathing. Never allow the shoulders and neck to be in a rigid military posture. You should be at ease in your body without slouching or pulling down. Some offices and schools are even substituting those old tables and chairs for a standing desk. Their thinking is better posture makes for more productivity as studies have shown. Beyond the Office Door to many music and voice teachers, posture and breathing are key lessons that are always emphasized when teaching vocalists of all ages.
Karen Oleson drew on her 20 years experience as a voice teacher
and her versatility as a performing artist to create warm-up exercises that
are enjoyable to do and will improve your singing skills. In 1988, she founded
VoiceTech to provide training for the speaking and singing voice. VoiceTech
offers individual and group training, as well as seminars and workshops
for both the amateur and the professional. Karen created these fun and effective
warm-up exercises to encourage everyone to sing!
Here's what they're saying...
"The exercises are very singable and seem appropriate for beginning as well as more advanced singers. I'm a firm believer in vocal exercise tapes since many singers have limited access to a keyboard or a keyboard player." Rohert Edwin, voice teacher, recording artist and columnist (Bach to Rock) Journal of Singing
"I have been using the singing exercises on the tape with my high school students. Teenagers do not like to exercise, but my students love these!" Jean Childress, choral director and voice teacher, Greenshurg, Indiana
"Our Sweet Atlelines group loves your exercise tape and we want to place a large order. It makes the warm-up time fun and easy." Blue Mountain Sweet Adelines, Walla Walla, Washington
These vocalizing exercises benefit all aspects of your singing skills: · Increases breath control · Improves resonance · Expands singing range · Increases voice flexibility · Improves enunciation
Warm up your singing voice before: · Choir Practice ·
Auditions · Voice Lessons
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