Vocal Warm Ups for Singing: The 7 BEST Exercises


Are you looking for some of the best
vocal warm ups to practice daily before singing? In this video, expert vocal
instructor Stephanie shares a few quick exercises that every singer should know. So keep watching, and before you go, click the link in the description box to learn
more about our free online singing classes. I’m Stephanie from TakeLessons and I’ll be talking about vocal warm ups. The first question I normally get is: when should you do
vocal warm ups? The answer is, always, reason being is – you have to consider
yourself an athlete. When you sing you’re using muscles that require loosening before you actually produce the sounds that you’re trying to produce. So
the first exercise that I think is important and actually very helpful
is humming, reason being is – when you hum you actually find your mix without
trying too hard. So when you hum the sound completely comes to your face and
sits in a very relaxed manner, and most of the time when you’re humming you
actually get pitch correctly as well. So if you take your hands and place it
on your face and hum anything, you should feel a bunch of vibration in your hand
and in your face. It also is a gentle way of warming up. An exercise you can do, and I’ll demonstrate, is humming any scale. Another exercise you can do is sirens,
the reason being is that you actually learn to control your registers. So you
want to first start from your chest voice. So I’ll demonstrate three
placements in terms of registers. Ahh. Now mixed. Ahh. It’s kind of like in your talking
area. Now head voice. Oh. Way up here above your head. Okay so if you use a
closed vowel like “whoo” you’re more likely to get it right
because you’re concentrating the air in a form that’s very seamless.
Whoo-whoo. The sound should be all the way forward. I’ll do it one more time from chest to mixed
to head. Alright another exercise we can do that is very helpful
is lip trills. They tend to loosen up the jaw, relax the mouth and the tongue. If
you need help doing this you can take your two fingers and almost create a
dimple, like this, so when you spit the air should almost feel consistent and
seamless. So once you got that going and you can do scales on them, another
exercise we can do is perfecting the way you deliver air or the air flow. You
should have good control of your air and a lot of times problems happen
because you’re not controlling how to manage the air when you release it. So
it’s learning to deliver the right amount in a very relaxed manner. So one
thing you can do is take your hands. Your thumbs, you want them on the back of
your back and around your ribcage, and your hand (the front of your hand) should
be around your stomach and your ribcage. So when you breathe you should feel your
stomach widen, your sides widen, and your back expanding. So it’s almost like a 360
breath. An exercise you can do to manage your air and see improvement is
take note of how many times you can extend that hissing that you release
with the air for an extensive time. Between 35 to 45 seconds is a good
amount; anything below that, you need to work on it. So you take your hands,
breathe in low. Hiss. See how my air release, it’s very controlled.
It’s like almost like a string of air. So you want to control that initial attack. So start controlling it from the very beginning to the very end. You shouldn’t
hear any pitch fluctuation or feel your air kind of spit out inconsistently almost like a train. You don’t want to hear ssss. And your body shouldn’t do this.
You should be controlled and seamless like a string. Another exercise you can
do is learning how to breathe correctly with time. So a lot of times an upbeat
song will seem like it’s harder to breathe but it really isn’t. It takes the
same amount of time to breathe correctly as on a ballad or if you’re singing
acapella. So as long as you keep that tempo and inhale on the correct beat, you
take a correct breath. One thing you can do is give yourself some time do a
four-four count. Inhale for four counts, hold it in for four counts, release it
for sixteen. Then do it for three, hold it for three, release for sixteen. Then two,
hold, release for sixteen, one, hold release. Another important exercise you
need to learn to do is a vowel exercise. So in singing you always want to create
sound with the vowel not the consonants. A lot of times tension will happen if you
over pronounce a consonant. Guh, guh. All those block your airway which don’t
allow your air to pass down to your diaphragm, impeding the sound to be on
the vowel and resonate properly. So you want to actually drop your jaw. Ah. Eh. And
keep your tongue as far forward as possible and lift your soft palate as
you produce these tones so they almost sound British or like your mouth is
numbed out. So always round down relax. So I’ll demonstrate an
exercise – you can either take the Ah to Eh to EE or EE to Eh to Ah, whatever works
best for you. Pay attention to how you feel and how your body is feeling. So I’ll
demonstrate a lower one and then a higher one. So my mouth wasn’t that open. Now I’m going to take
it up several notes… Now a little higher. And you can create the tone in different
places. Make sure you’re not allowing them to stay in the same place. So this
next exercise is to increase vocal flexibility. It is something that
requires you to be very aware of your larynx, how registers work, where sound is
placed, and how your diaphragm feels. You want to take your hand, place it on your neck, and as you sing a scale you should feel the sound completely forward,
your diaphragm engaged, and the notes should feel like they’re shifting in
your neck… So the top one should feel like it’s here then dropping
dropping dropping. These exercise are all important because this is what will help
you execute that song that you want to sing correctly, so if you don’t learn to
do the technique and you don’t do the work that’s important, that song will
seem impossible to sing. So start with these and make sure you do warm ups
before singing. Hey there, thanks for watching. Which of these vocal warm ups
is your personal favorite? Leave a comment and let us know, and if you
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16 comments

Good video! For the "hissing" exercise, after managing to sustain it for 35-45 seconds, how much would you recommend to increase the counts?

This really is helpful. I loved it. I am personally fond of the siren practice and timely control of breathe.

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