How to Properly Warm Up Your Voice And Keep It Strong

The voice is a singer’s most powerful tool. It is also a powerful instrument, and a singer always has to warm us his or her voice before using it! Here are five tips on how to properly warm up your voice and keep it strong!

1. Engage in vocal warmups before you sing.

The most integral thing to warming up your voice is doing vocal warmups. These warmups may include singing the notes on a scale, doing sirens, doing lip trills, singing words melodically, and such.

Always make sure to do these warmups before you sing, because they get you in tune with your voice and prepared to sing. A singer who has warmed up will always perform better than a singer who hasn’t.

Check out this video, in which Evynne Hollens demonstrates some of her favorite vocal warmups.

2. Do tongue twisters (red leather yellow leather, unique New York).

While you’re doing vocal warmups, it’s a great idea to throw in a few tongue twisters! Diction and pronunciation are crucial for singers, and tongue twisters help you with these skills. It’s also important to practice sounding out tricky words in order to decrease your chances of getting tongue-tied while you sing!

Here’s a video of two YouTubers from DNews attempting to say “the hardest tongue twister in the world.” They also go through many other common tongue twisters!

3. Stretch your entire body.

One thing that many singers may forget is to stretch out their entire bodies before singing! A singer’s body needs to be relaxed for his or her voice to reach its full potential, so it’s very important to stretch before singing!

It is especially important to stretch out the shoulders before singing. Here’s a video showing many different shoulder stretches!

4. Don’t strain your voice.

Remember to never strain your voice while you’re singing, because the last thing you want to do is to lose your voice before a big performance! Never sing too loudly or push your voice too far, and save your vocal power for the performance. When singers are preparing for big performances, many will even avoid talking for the days leading up to it!

Take a look at this video, which gives tips on avoiding strain while singing.

5. Keep the “singer’s diet.”

There are a large number of foods and drinks that a singer should and shouldn’t consume, and these foods make up “the singer’s diet.” Foods and drinks that are bad for the voice include acidic foods (such as citruses and coffee), salty foods with high fat (such as red meat), dairy products (such as milk and cheese), and more. Foods and drinks that are good for the voice include tea with honey, whole grains, vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, and most importantly, lukewarm water.

Foods that are bad for the voice can create phlegm, irritate the throat, and stiffen the vocal chords. Foods that are good for the voice, on the other hand, keep the throat and vocal chords healthy, strong, and hydrated. Check out more details about the singer’s diet in this video!

Warming up your voice and keeping your voice strong is crucial to your success as a singer. If you do vocal warmups, recite tongue twisters, stretch your whole body, avoid straining your voice, and keep “the singer’s diet,” then you will find vocal and musical success.

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David Yaghutiel is a Bay Area native who enjoys traveling, theatre, playing the ukulele, and learning as much about the world as he possibly can. He also occasionally daylights as a senior at UCLA.

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