Warming up? But I am not cold!
Whether you feel warm or cold, your vocal folds always have the correct body temperature (ca. 37°C). In other words, you don’t always need to be in a warm room or to wrap your throat in a thick scarf in order to sing!
Warming-up is designed to prepare your whole body – and not just your voice – for singing. This involves quite a number of different things: using your muscles well, listening carefully, thinking, feeling, breathing, working with others, good timin0, etc. – and you need to do it all at the same moment! Warm-ups help you to concentrate step by step on a different aspect of singing: tone, volume, breathing, rhythm, movement, articulation, harmony, etc., gradually working from the easier and calmer exercises to the more difficult and active ones. This all helps to get the blood flowing through your veins. Your muscles are not too relaxed, but nor are they too tense. Your lungs are ready to inhale a lot of air quickly and to use this air in a controlled manner. Your larynx works efficiently and your articulation is crisp and clear. This kind of preparation is essential, since you need to combine all these elements simultaneously when you sing a song.
Here are just some of the advantages:
- You become calm and can concentrate better.
- You can feel how everything in your body is working.
- All the muscles throughout your body are alert and ready for action.
- The small improvements resulting from the warm-up make you a better choral singer.
- By taking good care of your voice, you reduce the risk of voice problems.
- You can hear yourself better, so that you can learn what are your good and weak points.
- Warm-up stimulates your desire to work together with the other choir members to do your very best during the performance.
- You practice listening to each other.
- You adjust your way of singing to match the singing of the whole group, so that the overall sound improves.
- You discover the limits of your voice at that particular moment.
- Voice warm-up (74.5%)
- Clear articulation (53.2%)
- Yawn away tension (relaxation exercise) (31.3%)
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