ANNABEL'S VOCAL WARM UPS
Annabel recommends the following vocal warm up exercises to get started:
This exercise will help you to understand how to use proper diaphragmatic breathing techniques, even if you’ve never done them before. Singing from your diaphragm will help to give you more control over your voice, make it more powerful when you need to, and help control your air flow to enable you to deliver a more expressive tone. In order to practise this exercise you should:
- Stand up straight with a good posture, shoulders back and relaxed.
- Slowly breathe in through your mouth for 5 seconds. As you inhale and breathe deeply into your diaphragm, your belly should expand outwards.
- Exhale for 5 seconds, keeping your shoulders and chest relaxed and contract your abdominal muscles to bring your belly in.
SUSTAIN LONG NOTES
Want to learn how to sing those really long (and impressive!) notes and phrases? This exercise will show you what to do:
- Think of your whole abdominal area like a ‘barrel’ and push your belly and ribs out as you breathe in.
- As you sing the long note, leave your belly and ribs out as long as possible until you feel forced to pull them in.
- This will maximise your diaphragmatic breathing and make the air go a long way.
Sirens are brilliant for all levels of singers for warm up purposes and for development, but it’s important that you do them correctly. Here’s how:
- Make a continuous ‘mmm’ sound
- Start at the lowest point of your vocal range and gradually work up to the top note that you can comfortably reach at a medium volume.
- Continuing with your ‘mmm’ sound slide back down to your lowest note
- Work up and down the range - you’ll sound like an emergency siren!
5 NOTE MAJOR SCALE
This is one of Annabel’s favourite exercises (all of her clients use it on a daily basis!). It helps you develop your range, agility and is a daily workout for the voice. Only go as high as you can – don’t strain.
- It’s important to lift your cheeks and keep the sound ‘nasal’ throughout.
- Do your best ‘witch’ sound to help increase the twang!
- Try to hit each note separately to develop flexibility.
- Only go as high as you can. Beginners should change to head voice once you hit your break to avoid straining in chest voice.
And for those looking for some regular daily vocal warm up videos, checkout Annabel’s Instagram highlights labelled ‘Vocal Workouts’. These will give you a taster of Annabel’s unique methods and teaching style. If you have any questions or would like to book in a singing lesson with Annabel, please send us an email.Book a one-to-one singing lesson with Annabel