Are Vocal Exercises Really Necessary?
It’s almost like asking if you can stay fit, or better yet, increase muscle tone, without exercise. The voice box is made up, primarily, of muscle, so, in order to keep it in shape the vocal instrument needs to exercise. But who has time to do vocal exercises, right?
Well, I normally do my vocal warm ups in my car. I pop in my voice exercise CD and just go for it when I’m running errands or whatever. This is a great way to keep your voice warmed up and in shape.
Now, for further range extension, I would recommend standing so you can work on your posture and breath support, but the car warm up is great when you are short on time.
This brings me to my next point about vocal warm ups. There are two types of vocal exercises. First, you have vocal warm ups. Second, you have vocal strengthening/range extension exercises. The warm ups should be done everyday, and the strengthening exercises can be done daily, of course, but a few times a week would also suffice.
Vocal warm ups should always start around the middle of your range. And I like to start with closed-mouth exercises. I don’t want to strain my voice while it’s cold. The voice is like a flower that opens up at its own pace. It can’t be forced open without consequences of undue tension, strain and/or damage.
Hope this helps!