Tuesday, 11 April 2017
5 Reasons to Do Your Vocal Exercises
When you are singing you use the vocal cords (soft tissue) and the inner muscles of the larynx (the muscles that control the closing of your cords). These guys are to be treated kindly as they're pretty delicate.
We need to stretch and relax the muscles before we sing, just as we would warm up before going for a run or lifting weights. Warming up loosens those muscles, helps to remove excess mucous and reduces the risk of injury (because let's face it, losing your voice sucks).
Commit to at least 15 - 20 minutes to really wake up the muscles in a caring, you're-important-to-me way.
Singing vocal exercises are as important as the performance itself, if not more so, as the preparation will determine the outcome of the show. Most of us can’t go onto a stage without doing some kind of warm up at the back dressing room by running through a few piano scales warming up and preparing our voice.
Doing regular vocal exercises can help develop your higher or lower register and also help develop your vocal flexibility. Vocal exercises will also help you maintain better control over pitch or melody of a song.
You can maintain good vocal health by warming up the voice on vowel and consonant sounds that allows the vocal folds and vocal muscles to function very efficiently without having to compress too firmly. An “oo” or “ee” vowel with an “m” or “n” consonant are often good choices. This can help improve your pronunciations while singing as well.
When we awake after sleep, our voice would not have been used for several hours. During this time mucus builds in our nasal cavity and reduces the clarity of our vocal chords. Vocal exercises warm up your vocal cords and clear some of the mucus build up thus ensuring clearer sound.
Just like athletes, it is important to warm up as well as cool down your voice. If you do not loosen up your muscles, it can cause strain on your vocal cords. A lot of amateur singers lose their voices after big shows because they fail to warm up correctly.
Vocal exercises require a great deal of oxygen intake, and this in turn stimulates the production of the body’s own mood-lifting endorphin's. So essentially, singing lifts your mood can make you feel happier!
So overall make sure that the voice is maintained regularly and drink plenty of fluid while trying to avoid sugary drinks. Never go on stage without going through a proper vocal warm up routine and by following this advice, your voice will not only get stronger but also perform well.
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