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Vocal Warm-Ups for Better Singing and a Bigger Range

Audrey Hunt, a renowned vocal coach, shares valuable information for singing like a professional. Learn how to improve your present voice.

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Always Warm Up Your Voice Before Singing

Picture this: you're attending a concert featuring your favorite singer. The show is going well and now the singer is performing your favorite song. You're admiring the ease with which the singer goes from low to high notes when all of a sudden something goes wrong. The voice cracks and the beautiful tone is destroyed. The singer has trouble recovering and you feel embarrassed for the singing star.

Has this happened to you? Could this vocal strain have been prevented? Absolutely. Preparing the voice before singing with a program of correct warm-ups is the best insurance policy against vocal mishaps.

All vocal warm-ups do not fit every singer. In fact, you can easily strain your voice by trying to sing too high or too loud. The exercise must be designed to help the vocalist overcome and correct a problem as well as bring warmth and flexibility to the voice.

One of the biggest mistake singers make is the way they warm up their voices. I've seen this happen for 35 years with vocalists from all genres and styles. Singers who sing for a living absolutely must warm up their voices properly. The success of the show or recording session depends on what type of warm-ups are used.

Therefore, the best step you can take is to learn what the most effective warm-ups for singers and vocalists are and make it a habit to always warm up your voice. Just make sure every warm-up constructed for your distinct voice.

10 Tips for Getting the Most From Effective Warm-Ups for Singing

  1. Warm-ups vary. While there may be certain vocal warm-ups that work for just about any singer, this is certainly not the case for all warm-ups. Also, another thing to consider is the way each warm-up is sung. This is a highly important consideration in maintaining good vocal health.
  2. Repetition is key. I have decided to share some of the warm-ups my own students use. Keep in mind the importance of discipline. Repetition is the mother of learning. So sing through vocal exercises several times each day.
  3. Avoid certain food and drinks. Do not sabotage your singing by consuming dairy products, caffeine, or ice cold water, or drinks.
  4. Posture is crucial. Be sure to warm up your body before doing vocal warm-ups. The entire body is your vocal instrument and it must be free of all tension, particularly in the shoulder, face and tongue areas. Watch your posture and stand up straight with the body weight balanced on the balls of the feet (not the heels). This will help in keeping the spine straight.
  5. The neck is a critical area. The neck is a critical area for singers. It houses the spinal cord, nerves, blood vessels, and our vocal mechanism. Also, the neck supports our head, which weighs an average of 20 pounds.
  6. Hang arms loosely. I am often asked, "What do I do with my arms?" My answer is to simply allow them to hang loosely at your sides with your fingertips lightly touching your upper thighs. Remember that when it comes to your arms, less is more.
  7. Sit properly. We don't always stand when we sing so it's important to know how to sit properly. Sit in such a way that your back is supporting you. When singing in a choir, switch your position from one posture to another every 10-15 minutes. This will keep your back from becoming fatigued.
  8. Tighten your buns. Another tip that has worked well for me is to tighten your buns when standing. This will strengthen your abs and the lower back muscles and help maintain good posture.
  9. Planted feet and unlocked knees. Your feet should be planted on the floor about shoulder's width apart and the knees unlocked (slightly bent).
  10. Breathe by using the diaphragm (belly breath) for a well-controlled tone.
  11. Drink plenty of water. Sip on room temperature water during singing.

Now, if you're ready to begin . . . let's go!

Tame The Tongue for a Better Sounding Voice

To create great sound your tongue must be just as relaxed as the rest of the body. The tongue is a huge muscle, in fact, it's the largest muscle in the body. If it's tense it blocks the sound and can even make the sound seem tense and tight. When the tongue holds too much tension, this keeps the sound tense instead of nice and relaxed.

So learn to lay the tongue down flat in your mouth except for when you're forming consonants and vowels. This article will teach you how to relax your tongue as well as the lips and jaw. When you learn to do this - what wonderful difference in your singing voice!

The Lip Trill and the Tongue Trill Exercise

The Lip Trill or Bubble

The lip trill, or bubble, is a warm-up to reduce tension in the lips. The lips form the vowels as you sing. Any degree of tension in the lip area will produce some tension in the tone.

Imagine that you're swimming underwater. As you blow out the water, there will be a 'brbrbrbr' sound as the lips vibrate naturally and easily.

Begin with a short lip trill, supported by air from the belly. Repeat the trill 4-5 times and extend the duration a little longer with each trill. Try not to not purse the lips. Simply pretend that you are blowing bubbles under the water. If you find this difficult to do, it is a sign that your lips carry too much tension.

Keep practicing until your lips begin to trill naturally and without effort, and if you find this exercise difficult to do, you may need to take a bigger breath to help the lips to vibrate without effort. Too little breath pressure will prevent the trill from starting, while too much breath pressure will cause the trill to blow apart (stop). To keep the trill going when singing scales, the breath pressure must remain optimal and fairly steady.

The Tongue Trill

What is the tongue trill? If you can roll your r's, then you can do the tongue trill. Purring like a cat also works well.

To execute the tongue trill, try flapping your tongue against the roof of the mouth (the hard palate). Hold the sound steady and keep the breath connected for the count of 5 - 10. As your endurance improves, you can practice these tongue trills for more extended periods of time.

Once you have learned the trills, practice them on a full scale. Support the trills with plenty of air.

Watch the video below to see how this is done.

Lip and Tongue Roll

Humming Exercise

Humming is an excellent beginning warm-up because it stretches the vocal cords like a runner stretches the legs. Some things to keep in mind as you hum, though, are:

  • Keep the lips loose and relaxed. Avoid pressing them together. You want to feel the vibrations occurring in the lips as you hum.
  • Open the mouth as if you are singing the vowel "ah." Then, slowly bring the lips to a gentle close for the humming position. This will keep the space open inside the mouth to provide resonance as you hum.
  • Good vocal training begins with properly executed humming exercises which help your vocal chords to resonate freely. The vibrations generated by the hum is the fastest way to relax your face muscles, and when tension exists in your face and tongue, your singing tone will also have tension. This can eventually ruin your voice.
  • Follow the notation in the picture below as you hum. You are humming the C Major scale. Modulate in half steps when repeating the scale. Do not sing higher than is absolutely comfortable and easy. This rule applies to all exercises.

Open Vowel Warm-ups

The open vowels for singing are: Ah, Eh, Ee, Oh, Oo. Mouth position is crucial to fine singing. This is a whole other lesson which I will write about later. For now, concentrate on the 'Ah' vowel position by dropping the jaw to project your sound. Maintain a nice two-finger space between the top teeth and the bottom teeth.

  1. Begin with the 'Ee' vowel and sing on a comfortable but energetic tone, sustaining the tone for five seconds. Using good breath support, repeat and hold for 10 seconds. Be sure to keep the open mouth position the entire time.
  2. Repeat this exercise using a different tone.
  3. Now repeat the same exercise using 'Oo,' then 'Oh,' 'Eh,' and finally 'Ah.'
  4. Using the photo above, sing these vowels in any order you like. You'll be stretching your voice and increasing your range as you warm up.
  5. When you are finished, you will be ready to use the arpeggio warm-up (shown below).

Correct Mouth Position for Singing 'Ah'

preparing actor.singer George Rose for correct vocal tecnich

preparing actor.singer George Rose for correct vocal tecnich

Drink Plenty of Water During Vocal Warm Ups

Your throat and vocal bands require moisture during singing. You want to prevent dryness to the voice and the best way to do this is to simply drink your water. Keep a bottle or glass of room temperature H20 handy and have a sip or two often.

Notice I suggest "room temperature" water. Why? When we drink cold or ice-cold drinks the cold temperature actually restricts the vocal folds. This is the last thing we want to happen when we sing.

When the vocal folds are restricted then so is our tone. We lose the warmth and flexibility that is so vital to good singing. So drink up my friend. Water is free!

Protect Your Voice With Room Temperature Water

Keep those vocal folds moist by drinking plenty of room temperature water between vocal warm ups.

Keep those vocal folds moist by drinking plenty of room temperature water between vocal warm ups.

In Conclusion . . .

Some important things to keep in mind:

  • Seeking an instructor. An entire book can be written about vocal warm-ups alone. There are hundreds of exercises available. Some are right for a particular singer while another can be all wrong. Singing the wrong warm-ups can even be damaging to the voice. This is why I always recommend seeking a qualified vocal teacher.
  • Children. Children must be given careful, light exercises and not adult warm-ups. And young men going through puberty is another whole dimension of vocal training and must be left to the highly skilled instruction of an expert. I sometimes recommend that boys this age should not sing at all until they are through puberty.
  • 10-20 minutes. Effective vocal warm-ups for singers and vocalists should be around 10-20 minutes at each session. I hope you enjoy these introductory exercises.
  • Some vocal warm-ups may be a bit challenging to sing but they should never feel uncomfortable. If you experience a sore throat or hoarseness following your warm-up session this could signal a red flag.
  • Use your warm-up sessions to test your vocal technique and skills. Concentrate on breath control above all.
  • Warming up your voice prior to singing can help prevent vocal nodes.
  • Stay within your vocal range and avoid straining to hit those high notes.

Lastly, don't forget that the most important thing you need to be a singer is a desire to sing. You may encounter obstacles. Keep singing anyhow and let your desire fuel your discipline. Follow your dream.

Do you know the correct answer?

Questions & Answers

Question: I love singing but whenever I reach a high key my voice cracks. How do I fix this?

Answer: Your voice cracks when you force the tone as you sing high notes. Keep your sound the same when singing from low to high. Be sure to use enough breath pressure by breathing from the low part of your body (belly breathing). These two tips will prevent your voice from cracking.

Question: Lately, I've been having trouble singing the lows and mid-lows as my voice cracks. How can I fix this?

Answer: Practicing the "siren" exercise will teach you to connect your vocal registers without the crackling sound happening in your voice. You’re going to make the sound of a siren by sliding up using an Ee. Beginning with your lowest comfortable note slide all the way up to your highest easy note and back down again. Remember to take in plenty of air just before starting this exercise and lighten up your sound as you approach the vocal break. If you struggle with a smooth transition from your chest voice to your head voice, this is an excellent exercise for you!

Go slow and don’t rush through the siren. If you can’t quite make it, sliding up and down on one breath, just practice going up – take another breath – then continue going down.

This exercise may seem a little silly, but it’s incredibly effective.

© 2012 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 11, 2017:

Jasmine11thgrade

When you know you have to work on your voice you're already improving your singing. Good for you! Thank you for your wonderful comments. You're a bright young lady!

Jasmine11thgrade on October 13, 2016:

this is amazing...i'm in 11th grade right now and planning on going to a music school...but i know i really need to work on my voice...thank you so much for this advice!!!!! much appreciated!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2016:

Sneha Sunny

You can! Contact me for help and support. My goal is to encourage everyone to sing. Singing is your birthright. You have it right inside you.

Thank you for being here and for your comments.

Sing with joy!

Audrey

Sneha Sunny from India on April 19, 2016:

I wish I could sing. This is a great hub! Thanks for sharing. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 01, 2015:

Charito1962

It sounds like you had a good coach. Glee clubs are so much fun. I'm an alto too - love doing harmony. Keep singing my friend.

Audrey

Hi Shyron

You shared one of my hubs and I want to thank you. Warm-ups give the voice flexibility and strength. Appreciate your support.

Audrey

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 30, 2015:

I love this and will be back often to read more. I will try these warm-ups

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on August 08, 2015:

Hello, Ms. Audrey. Thanks for this informative piece!

It makes me recall my high school days when I was part of the glee club. I was a soprano. We would always do a warm-up before a performance. Our coach always used to tell us to sing from the diaphragm.

Now that I'm older, I find it hard to reach the high notes which is why I take the alto part.

I sure miss my singing days!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 05, 2015:

Judy - Hello. So glad you liked my tips for vocal warm ups. And thanks for your tip about the bubble exercise.

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on June 29, 2015:

Thanks for all the great tips. I've struggled with the bubble for years but I discovered that if I put my bottom lip out as if pouting, it works fetter for me.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 02, 2015:

Vasantha. Thanks for being here. I appreciate your comments.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 31, 2015:

Vellur - So happy you found this hub useful and interesting. There are endless vocal exercises to help the vocalist. Thanks so much.

vasantha T k from Bangalore on May 26, 2015:

Interesting warm up tips for singing. For those who love singing this hub is very useful. Voted up!

vasantha T k from Bangalore on May 26, 2015:

Interesting warm up tips for singing. For those who love singing this hub is very useful. Voted up!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 25, 2015:

Very useful and interesting, never knew that there were so many vocal exercises to improve the voice. Great hub, voted up.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 31, 2015:

Hi ocfireflies

Well, I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS! And you're blessed with two musical sons - marvelous! What a great surprise is in store for them with you singing. And about the coffee...it isn't necessary to completely give it up. Because it can be drying to the vocal cords, just wait a couple of hours or so before you sing and increase the H20. Thanks Kim.

Sing with joy!

Audrey

ocfireflies from North Carolina on January 31, 2015:

vocalcoach aka Audrey,

I LOVE THIS HUB! Both of my sons sing and play multiple instruments and are always trying to get me to sing as well. I am going to study the info you provide in this hub so that maybe I can surprise them the next time they are playing. Giving up the coffee may not be an easier one of the hints you provide. Smiles. V+/Share

You are an awesome writer!

Kim

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 15, 2015:

Adventuretravels

How wonderful that your 14 year old son loves to sing! This is an age when young men's voices change. It's important that he protect his voice at this stage. He will experience a 'break' in his vocal range. Remind him to sing softly and be careful of straining his voice. It is often recommended that boys this age refrain from singing until the 'change' has taken place.

Please feel free to contact me for help. There will be no charge for you. Maybe sometime we could meet on skype and I could hear him sing.

Thanks. Audrey

Giovanna from UK on January 15, 2015:

Hi I'm very happy to have found your hubs because my 14 year old son loves to sing and I know so little about how to help him to warm up before he does so. I shall study these exercises carefully. Sadly I can't afford to pay for singing lessons, but he does sing in a choir and in lots of musical theatre. Thanks for this hub.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 03, 2015:

rajan jolly

Thanks for passing this along to your brother. I do hope he finds my hub, helpful. It's always a pleasure to see you my friend. Audrey

FlourishAnyway

How marvelous it is to hear you've found your voice! Sing away, my friend. Thank you.

MSGolden51

We singers can always use more practice. The more we put into it, the better we sound. The late Pavarotti practiced 6 hours a day after being named the greatest tenor of his time. Thanks!

ideadesigns

Just shoot me an email! I'd love to help her. Thanks for being here. Audrey

ideadesigns on December 28, 2014:

I need to share with my daughter who wants some lessons. She is really into singing but no one around here is advertising lessons. Great tips!

MSGolden51 on December 20, 2014:

Wow seems like a lot of work i have been singing for many years, and have never practiced like that.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 13, 2014:

I've definitely found my voice as an adult. Some of us are just late bloomers. Great hub for those of us who like to dream.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 13, 2014:

These tips should be really helpful to singers and wanna be ones. Though I don't sing, my brother does though, it was a very good learning experience. And I'm going to forward this link to him.

Thanks, Audrey.

Voted up, useful and shared.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 24, 2014:

Lissa Clason

I appreciate your comments and confirming that the lip rolls used as a warm-up really do help. Thanks for sharing the tip on carbonated drinks.

So nice to see you here. :)

AngeShearer

Thank you for your comments. I do appreciate the feedback. Glad you are sharing these tips with your daughter. Happy thoughts!

Angie Shearer from Whangarei, Northland on October 24, 2014:

Love this hub very informative and interesting voted up and shared with my daughter who found your tips to be very useful...thankyou

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on October 15, 2014:

Hi Audrey. I need to read all your hubs about singing. My voice is now a mess because I love ice cold water and ice-cream. Now I have severe sinus issues and my voice sounds croaky! I'll have to start taking care of my voice because I'll be doing a lot of singing for the new church we are building. I used to sing a lot, I was in the choir and I used to sing solo at functions, but now I am not sure if I can even hold a note. :((

Melissa Clason from Fayetteville, NC on October 15, 2014:

Thank you for all of your tips. We use the lip rolls in choir warm-up and I was surprised by how much it helped! It may look silly but it makes your sound come out more clearly and easily. Something else I've found is that carbonated drinks make me kind of raspy, so I avoid drinking soda before a performance and I feel a lot better.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 15, 2014:

DeaverTex

I have a warm-up CD that I use for driving. If you'd like to have one, let me know. I'm laughing right now :)

Cardisa

I Didn't know you were a singer. The key for still singing well when you have sinus problems is to be sure you have plenty of air and to distribute that air evenly.

Send me an email so I can give you more help and information. I'd love to 'coach' you :)

John Adams from Austin, TX on August 19, 2014:

Should there be any differences in a warm-up for singing sitting down? I'm thinking of while I'm driving, which is pretty much the only time I can actually attempt singing without being begged to quit.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2014:

pstraubie48 - Oh, I am so very happy to hear that you sing in your church choir! And think of the compliments you are getting as confirmation from God and His joy about your using your singing in such a positive and wonderful way.

Thank you for votes and sharing - Audrey

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 15, 2014:

I knew there were things we could do to help improve our singing but I never really gave it much thought. Now you have filled in all of the gaps in my knowledge.

I have just begun to sing with our little church choir and have received, much to my amazement and somewhat embarrassment, compliments on my singing. I really never thought that I was much of a singer except in my car, around the house, and in the shower. I will share these with our little choir soon.

Sharing and voted up up and away

Angels are on the way to you ps

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 14, 2014:

RTalloni - So nice to see you here. Thank you so much for sharing my hub on your pinterest board!

ComfortB - Congratulations on the lip roll and especially through the entire scale! This exercise prepares not only the lips, but the whole face and tongue for singing. Thanks for the vote and more.

MarleneB - Hi. You are absolutely right. These exercises are often practiced by actors. Thanks.

prairieprincess - Your comments are so kind. Thanks for sharing these vocal warm-ups with your sister. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed this article on effective warm ups. Enjoy your day!

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on June 14, 2014:

Great, practical article, Audrey! I have shared it with my sister who is very involved in music. I enjoyed reading it, too, because I enjoy singing and was involved in a choir at a younger age. Thanks for writing and helping others with your knowledge.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 30, 2014:

These are great tips. They would also work for people who are in the voice acting business.

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on May 30, 2014:

I really did learn a lot of vocal exercise tips from this hub. I was finally able to do a lip roll longer through singing an entire scale. I'll be sharing with other members of my choir. Thanks.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

RTalloni on May 30, 2014:

So interesting to learn about the importance of vocal warm ups here. Your tutorial is easy to follow and understand--thanks! Pinning to my Home Education/Schooling board.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 28, 2014:

101Ways2Life - Hello my friend. So nice to see you here. Just keep practicing this. Your goal is to rid your tongue and lips of tension when you sing. Good for you!

Alana Niall from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 28, 2014:

Fantastic tips. Tried the tongue trill and lip roll, which was hard. But practice is what it will take. Thanks for the tips.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 29, 2014:

Thank you rajan for sharing this information. I'm going to see if I can find this scale on you tube. I'd like very much to hear it. I will also search for the tanpura. I appreciate your votes and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 29, 2014:

Very interesting read Audrey. Indian classical singers do riyaz (practice) of singing the sargam (the seven basic notes of singing). This riyaz is a must to maintain one's voice quality and to prevent voice breaking as well at high notes.

This is an early morning practice that is done with a tanpura which is an Indian long necked string instrument.

Voted up, interesting and shared and tweeted.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 01, 2014:

PegCole17 - You must have such wonderful memories of your high school choir, traveling to different places and even singing at the Super Bowl! What fun, to look back at those carefree, fun times. Thanks for liking my tips. ~ Audrey

Eiddwen - Thank you Eddy for suporting me by reading, commenting and a thumbs up! You enjoy your weekend too. ~ Audrey

Eiddwen from Wales on February 01, 2014:

Another wonderful read by you Audrey and voted up for sure. Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 01, 2014:

These exercises are exactly what I've wanted to know for a while. Great tips for relaxing the mouth and entire body to prepare for singing. Oh, how I miss singing in a chorus. We traveled and performed at a variety of places in our high school concert choir - even at the Super Bowl!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 05, 2013:

The mezzo soprano sings with such a rich-all encompassing tone. Habenera is also a favorite of mine. So nice to see you here and to leave comments. I appreciate it. Thanks

SAM ELDER from Home on May 04, 2013:

Wow, great info... I definitely do not have Soprano XD, But I adore soparano voices especially mezzo soprano is my favorite. Habanera, Stride la Vampa etc ... are my favorite opera "songs" , sung by mezzo soprano voice.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 06, 2013:

habee - Hi, and how are you? You've been through so much! It's just great to see you here. And I envy your ability to have a voice that can sing really high.

I'm sure those notes are still there (somewhere.) :) Thanks for the vote up and hope you feel good.

Holle Abee from Georgia on March 07, 2013:

I'll put this great information to use, Audrey. I sing in public sometimes, and I don't have the range I used to have. I was once a high first soprano and could hit those really high notes...

Voted up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 05, 2013:

taylorgus - You are a good vocal student! I'm more than pleased to see you here. Thanks for sharing the "massage the vocal cords" idea. Never heard of that one. So glad I could give you a few more warm ups to use. Sing with joy!

Eileen - Thanks for another hub idea. I'll get to working on that one. You are so nice to suggest the "vocal fry" - I agree that it is a Kardashian disease of the throat. :) Will be by to check out a hub or two.

thekatydid - What a career you've had - and beginning at the age of 8. I'm both impressed and very pleased to meet you!

So glad that you like my hub on effective vocal warm-ups. See my smile? Thanks so much!

Kay Comer from Metropolis, Illinois on February 05, 2013:

I've been church pianist for 57 years continually..starting at just age 8. And I'll often sing a song during the offering instead of just paying a song and I'm telling you the truth, when I started practicing the deep breathing, it made all the difference in the world. Thanks so much for this very interesting and informative hub. Can't wait to have time to read more. thekatydid

Miss Eileen from Hollywood, CA on January 28, 2013:

You are so welcome! And if you need an idea for a hub, I would love to send my students a way to combat vocal fry - that dreadful Kardashian disease of the throat:)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 28, 2013:

Miss Eileen - Thank you so much for reading this and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated!

Miss Eileen from Hollywood, CA on January 28, 2013:

Very valuable information!

Taylor from Virginia on January 01, 2013:

really enjoyed this article! thanks for the great advice, I can definitely see myself trying out these exercises.

my choir teacher always emphasizes massaging the vocal chords too before we even start singing. it's amazing how much that actually helps!

Lisa Brown from Michigan on December 30, 2012:

vocalcoach,

Happy New Year to you too:)

Lisa

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 30, 2012:

lisa - Hi! I read your profile and immediately felt a connection with you:) Thanks for being here and appreciating my instruction. I hope to see more of you. Happy New Year!

Lisa Brown from Michigan on December 29, 2012:

vocalcoach,

I am a voice over artist and just reading your hub brought back all of the warm up exercises I learned in school. We made sure to stretch out the whole body too just to be relaxed all over.This is a great hub and I appreciate the step-by-step instruction.

Lisa

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 22, 2012:

suzzetteNaples - I'm delighted to hear that this hub was helpful to you. Enjoy your choir and visit me again soon!

Pamela - Thanks so much for your feedback on my hub. It's such a good feeling for me to know you are sending this to your son. I appreciate your votes very much.

StephSev108 - I'm very happy to see you here. Thanks so much for commenting.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 21, 2012:

Teji - Vocal nodules can happen to anyone whether they sing or not. Any type of vocal abuse such as yelling or screaming over a period of time can cause nodules on the vocal bands of non-singers.

It is difficult for me to give you an answer to your question. Vocal nodules can heal in time if the cause itself is corrected. I recommend that you see a ENT specialist for a complete examination. I am not a Doctor and therefore unqualified to diagnose your situation. Thank you for your comments and I wish you the best.

Teji on December 18, 2012:

Vocal Nodules are just foe for a person who loves singing. It happened with me 6 months ago then i was medicated, but still i did not get my original voice back which is disappointing. Can nodules be vanished completely ? Can i get my original voice back, if someone can help me at singingpal@yahoo.com

I would be highly obliged.

Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on October 18, 2012:

Awesome hub! Thanks for the info.

Pamela Dapples from Just Arizona Now on September 25, 2012:

This is so interesting. I'm sending it to my son, a singer. I'll bet he has not heard of lip rolls and tongue trills for scales. The video was great! Voting up, useful and sharing.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on September 25, 2012:

This article is so helpful to me. I just recently joined Voices of Naples, a community chorus/choir in Naples, Florida. I am not a professional singer by any means - just an amateur, but these warmup exercices you recommend are some I can use. Thank you so much for sharing your vocal knowledge with us. I will be readinng some of your other hubs also. Voted up and shared!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 03, 2012:

RealHousewife - YOU are beautiful! This is a good age for your precious girls to learn the importance of warming up their voices. It will always stay with them. And as for the neighbors...tell them to "get used to it" and sing away. Thanks Kelly.

Gilly - So glad you discovered hubs and thrilled that you will be using some of these exercises for your students. Come back again!

Gilly Pooh on August 08, 2012:

Just discovered hubs! Thanks for all the info. I teach voice to secondary age girls and am soooo bored with current set of exercises. Thank you !!!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 23, 2012:

Beautiful hub! I'm passing it to my girls who do sing...:) my neighbors would be glad if I could sing a little better! Ha!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 23, 2012:

giocatore - Your comment made me laugh. I'm glad you liked my hub. I hope to see you again soon. I'll be buy to check out your neck-of-the-woods. Thanks.

mackyi - Yes...when we "slump" instead of standing straight, our breathing muscle (diaphragm) is constricted. That prevents much needed air from cushioning the higher tones.

randomcreative - So glad to see you here my friend. Thank you for your comments and your support.

AliciaC - You've made my day. So glad to hear that this has helped you and that you will be practicing your trills. Good girl!

Thesingingnurse - Hi there. Your comments are like discovering gold to me. I'm absolutely delighted to find that you have such an appreciation for my hub on Warm-ups. Coming from YOU, I couldn't ask for more. Bless you for sharing with other singers. I'm so happy!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 21, 2012:

giocatore - Well, your name certainly sounds like that of a great singer. :-) I appreciate your comments and giggled reading the last line. Thanks so much!

bredandagnes from Ireland on March 31, 2012:

Excellent advise.As a Speech therapist I see many people who do not know how to use their voices properly and end up damaging them.A lot of my clients are "social singers"and it is sometimes hard to convince them of the importance of warmup exercises.I will refer them to this hub in future!.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on February 22, 2012:

Great info! I'll have to remember this if ever I get the opportunity to perform again. Several votes, including up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 17, 2012:

Dear Pras ~ I am thrilled that you learn from my singing hubs.And we are all born with the ability to sing. It is natural and easy, until someone critisize's us. We must focus on the joy and fun of singing and just do it.

You have given me a very good rating and I am always smiling when that happens for me. Thank you and take good care!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 16, 2012:

ib radmasters - Great to see you here and thanks for liking my hub on The Most Effective Warm Ups for Singers and Speakers.

Steve Webb from Great Wakering, England on February 16, 2012:

There is just so much interesting,helpful & practical information to digest. I shall be refering to this hub often in future! many thanks for your splendid efforts in preparing it!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 04, 2012:

Lady_E ~ I haven't heard about raw eggs. I don't think I could do this even if it is good for singing :-) So glad to see you and read your comments. And now...will hop on over to your hubs!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 04, 2012:

Ruchira - Posture is extremely important as the muscles we use to sing with are all connected to the spinal column. I'm so glad you read this and left comments for me.

Warm water with tea or lemon is very good to take before singing so I'm glad to hear this. Keep singing and bringing joy to others.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 04, 2012:

green lotus - Yes, the vocal cords age right along with the rest of us. However, we have the ability to keep our singing voice young sounding. Warming it up helps us to do that. I'm a senior and my voice still sounds young as long as I control my vibrato. An uncontrolled vibrato is a dead give away that father time has caught up with us :_)

Thanks Hillary for coming to visit!

Sheree Love from Indy (MidWest) on January 22, 2012:

VocalCoach, I found this hub very useful. You have such an extensive knowledge of the subject. I love to sing but I have never trained with anyone. Your tips are very useful. Thanks!

DeBorrah K Ogans on January 19, 2012:

Vocalcoach, Wonderful, interesting, helpful and educational hub! Great Tips! No doubt you are a fantastic vocal coach! Voted up for sure! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 15, 2012:

Now I knew you knew, Audrey, when you wrote this that I would be sitting at my computer reading your interesting instructions and "brbrbrbr"-ing and trilling along.

Good thing no one was around or I would have been carted away posthaste. Thanks for the vocal education, m'luv.

Charlotte B Plum on January 13, 2012:

Yes I recall my request that you do a hub on warm ups! =) When I saw it I was just thrilled! Thank you so much vocalcoach!

Leni Sands from UK on January 13, 2012:

Vocalcoach, I am so glad you have written this hub. I am going to use it time and time again to help me get back to where I once was. I have been having throat trouble for a while now - I seem to recall telling you a while back about a 'click' sensation when I sing sometimes. I have always warmed up but lately I have stopped singing and cut down on my gigs to prevent further damage. This week I was diagnosed as having 'hyperfunctional dysphonia with upper respiratory infection and gastric esophogeal reflux disease' which simply means that I have a disorder common to teachers who use their voices frequently. The doc said that I have changed the way I speak (and sing) to compensate for the voice problems as a result I will be undergoing voice therapy at the hospital and am actively seeking a local voice coach who can help me get back to normal.

I am going to write a hub about my experience and my improvement progress just as soon as I find a vocal coach to help me and find out when my treatment at the hospital will start.

My next gig is at the end of April so I think I'll have time to get things sorted especially if I follow your guidelines in this hub. Thank you so much for writing it.

Voted up and stamped on all the buttons.

Tina Siuagan from Rizal, Philippines on January 13, 2012:

At last, the wait is over! I've been watching out for this hub. :D

This hub is like the most credible quick guide on vocal warm-ups for singers! This provided so much clarification on what I've been doing as far as doing vocal warm-ups is concerned. I thought lip trills were ridiculous until I started trying them almost two months ago. And they work!

Am definitely sharing these ideas and tips to my fellow vocalists! Thank you very much Ms. Audrey! You're the best and nicest vocal coach in the world! :D

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 12, 2012:

alocsin - You are absolutely 100% correct. My actors and speakers also use the same vocal warm-ups plus a few more little secrets I have under lock and key. :)

Appreciate your coming by and commenting. Thanks for the good rating too.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 12, 2012:

Charlotte - It is mostly because of you that I wrote this hub. You asked me once to write about which types of warm-ups should be done. So, sweetie...here you are and I thank you!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 12, 2012:

Thank you for the very useful information, vocalcoach. I sing for fun, although I have taken singing lessons in the past. I've bookmarked your hub so I can refer to it in the future. I'm definitely going to be practicing my lip and tongue trills!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 12, 2012:

This is a great resource! Thank you!

mackyi on January 12, 2012:

Great tips. As far as posture is concerned,I once heard that if you slump over as opposed to sitting erect will prevent you from hitting good quality notes!

Jim Dorsch from Alexandria, VA on January 12, 2012:

What a great, thorough hub. You will thank me, however, for not inflicting my singing voice on others! Cheers.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 12, 2012:

I hope my vocal will better after learn this lesson. Thank you very much for writing in detail and share with us. I believe that many of us want to sing very well and you have show me the way. Rated up and I push all buttons here, except funny.

Prasetio

ib radmasters from Southern California on January 12, 2012:

Very detailed and interesting hub.

Elena from London, UK on January 12, 2012:

Very useful tips. I wonder if it's true that drinking raw eggs is good for the throat - for singing.

Not that I've ever tried it, but I hear it quite a lot.

Cheers.

Ruchira from United States on January 12, 2012:

great hub with great tips vocalcoach.

i was not aware that posture mattered in warming up. I usually sip some warm water/herbal tea before I let go of my voice.

Thanks much! voted up as interesting/useful

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on January 12, 2012:

I haven't done these warm ups in decades and though I rarely sing anymore, when I do make the attempt I find my singing voice is shot. Thanks for crystal clear instructions. I suppose our vocal cords age along with the rest of our anatomy :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 12, 2012:

tarajeyaram ~ You're my first visitor on this hub. And I do teach singing if you're interested :) Thanks for stopping by.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 12, 2012:

I'd say some of these would work for actors and public speakers. Voting this Up and Useful.

Charlotte B Plum on January 12, 2012:

Hey vocalcoach!

thank you so so much for this hub! =) My favorite warm up is actually the lip trill. =P I do it all the time as it seems to be the most effective for me. Thank you so much for your insight, I'll be coming back for more!

tarajeyaram from Wonderland on January 11, 2012:

Wow! I always wished that I can sing. Great hub. Voted up.