From Karen Oleson,
Vocal Instructor 
Founder of VoiceTech


I'm Not Crazy, I'm Vocalizing!
Here is a vocal warm up kit that is just as effective in the car as the classroom. The eight fully orchestrated exercises are presented in song like form - a mini lesson precedes each exercise to help you focus your attention on vocal technique. For instance, Humming The Blues works on the resonance while Gospel Octaves helps increase your singing range. The exercises are presented twice on the recording, once with guide vocals and then with just you and the orchestra backup. The kit comes with the CD, a bumper sticker that declares, I'm Not Crazy, I'm Vocalizing! and guide booklet that includes a lead sheet for each exercise.



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If you have previously exercised with ‘I’m Not Crazy, I’m Vocalizing!, we’re sure you will find this new edition even more exhilarating. The styles range from beautiful and melodic to funny and hip. These diverse vocal warm-ups provide you with a new opportunity and challenge to train the coordination between the listening ear and singing. You experience the thrill of singing with a variety of instrumental ensembles in styles ranging from urban funk, jazz scat, or operatic, to selections with southeast Asian and middle eastern influences. And the recorded examples come both with and without the guide vocals! Suitable for all voices – from bass to high soprano.
Singing Exercise Warm-up Kit includes: · Mini vocal lesson before each exercise · 20 minute warm-up exercise recording with vocal guide · 20 minute warm-up on your own with horn guide · Instruction booklet includes musical notation and guidance for each exercise, along with tips on vocal health care · "I'm Not Crazy, I'm VOCALIZING!" Bumper Sticker ORDER FORM

This new edition of I'm Not Crazy, I'm VOCALIZING! has all the same wonderful warm-up exercises as the original SINGERCISE package. Plus, this companion booklet now includes a lead sheet: the exercises written out in musical notation. Voice instructors use this exercise kit as a helpful adjunct to their teaching. Many students, especially those who lack a keyboard, find that the exercises are a convenient way to warm up. Choral commuters enjoy warming up with them on their way to choir practice. VoiceTech has new products under development; ask for them at your local music outlet.

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. 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...

      "Take the stress out of the daily commute with these singing exercises." Morning Edition, National Public Radio

      "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

Vocalizing exercises are fun! · Reduces stress · Gives you a sense of well-being · Keeps the children entertained · Helps relieve boring commutes

Warm up your singing voice before: · Choir Practice · Auditions · Voice Lessons


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