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Finding Your Voice: Vocal Workshop for Using Your Voice More Effectively: Warming up

HOW TO LOCATE THIS GUIDE

To locate this guide by URL: libguides.pima.edu/voice

WHY DO I NEED TO WARM UP?

Good physical preparation is great for helping you channel nervous energy, manage stage fright, generate energy and help you get the most out of your vocal abilities.

BASIC PHYSICAL WARMUP

 

​Unless you are Misty Copeland or a Navy Seal, you don't need an intense, complicated physical warmup.

  • Gentle easy movements to relax and warm muscles

  • Nothing strenuous leaving you breathless

  • Neck rolls

  • Shoulder rolls/massage

  • Arms spread eagle or behind back

  • Jaw massage

FINDING YOUR VOICE

What is my natural voice?

Hum at a pitch that feels natural, feeling the most vibration in the "mask"

Humming too high or too low - uncomfortable

Open your mouth and start speaking

How do I project?

Power from the abdominal muscles/diaphragm

Hands on abdomen--short puffing

Hands on abdomen - "HEY!"

Remember that feeling and practice it

 

BASIC VOCAL WARMUP

Warming up the voice includes much of the face, including the lips and the tongue.  Be prepared to look silly.

 

  • Big face/little face
  • Tongue twists & stretches
  • Motorboat
  • Tongue "trills"
  • Tongue twisters
  • Humming, then beat your chest like a silverback
  • Talking

TONGUE TWISTERS/TRABALENGUAS

(1) Red leather, yellow leather.

 

(2) Unique New York, unique New York, you know you need unique New York.

 

(3) Amidst the mists and fiercest frosts, he thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.

 

(4) Tres tristes tigres trigaban trigo.

 

(5) Erre con erre cigarro, erre con erre barril. Rápido corren los carros, cargados de azúcar del ferrocarril.

 

THEATRE - "AUSENTE/ABSENCE" (BILINGUAL PRODUCTION)