9 STEP VOCAL WARM UP
DROP YOUR JAW
Most people simply do not open their mouths enough to let the sound come out unobstructed. I do not mean that you should smile and go very wide. I want you to simply drop your jaw down a bit and not keep your teeth so clenched together. This will send more sound waves into the cheek area before exiting with a more resonant and full quality.
WEAN YOURSELF OFF WHISPERING
When you whisper, you force a tremendous amount of extra air over the vocal cords making them dry and irritated. This can actually do more damage to your cords than screaming or shouting.
STOP TIGHTENING YOUR ABDOMEN
Too many people hear the word “support” from singing coaches and think it means to create pressure in your abdomen as a means to somehow push more sound out. The truth is, when you lock your abdominal muscles, you are actually stopping air from getting back out of your body and making beautiful noises. The key is to relax your abdomen and create no pressure at all.
Beyond the obvious health reasons to quit smoking, cigarettes can also destroy your singing abilities. Inhaled cigarette smoke passes directly through the vocal cords and dries up a lot of the natural moisture they need to function. When you then try to make sound, your dry cords can get red and swollen. Over time, the damage to your voice can be irreparable.
IMITATE GREAT SINGERS
The best way to develop a unique style is to spend time learning to imitate great singers. Pick a different singer every week and try and “become” that voice. Play their music over and over, singing along as you try to sound exactly like the artist. Then, record yourself singing along and play it back while carefully listening to any differences. If you don’t sound the same, identify where you diverge from the singer and why. Then sing along and record yourself again. Follow this system until you become a great imitation of the original artist. Then pick another singer and start all over again. As you add more artists to your imitation repertoire, you will learn to naturally mix and match those imitated sounds and create a unique vocal style that is old and new, familiar and fresh, and it will ultimately help you achieve the next levels of success.
WARM UP YOUR VOICE
A runner would never start a race without stretching before. Give your voice some stretching, too. Do a few minutes of vocal exercises every day to expand and strengthen your singing range.
When you sing a song the melody is important. Why is it that most people are singing boring songs. They stay on one note, they have no interesting dynamics, and they bore the listener. I say, pretend you are singing while you are speaking. Move it around, shake it up, swoop, dive, soar. Let your voice be as interesting as you are?
LEARN DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING
It is very easy and much healthier for the body. Just put your hand on your abdomen, near your belly button. When you inhale, pretend that you have a balloon in there and let it expand. When you exhale, let your abdomen fall back to its normal position. This method is easy but incredibly effective for enhancing your vocal quality.
TEA WITH HONEY AND LEMON IS A BAD IDEA
Black tea with honey and lemon is a recipe for bad singing. Have you noticed how your fingers look like prunes when you take a long hot bath? Drinking scorching hot tea can take a similar toll. The temperature of liquids can change the size and shape of tissues it comes in contact with and your vocal cords are no exception. If the tea has caffeine in it, you may unnecessarily speed up the production of mucous and spend your performance trying to clear your throat. The citrus in the lemon can cause you to salivate more, also leading to overproduction of phlegm. And finally, the honey is so thick it can cause moisture problems and reduce your singing abilities.
DRINK MORE WATER
There are two holes in the back part of your throat–one for food and water and the other for air. When you drink, the water goes down the liquid hole. The problem is, the vocal cords live down the air hole. It is actually impossible to drink water directly to your cords. So, you need to have enough water in your bloodstream for your vocal cords to get properly hydrated. To do that you should drink about one-half gallon of pure water daily.
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