When it comes to singing well, it’s important to warm up. Now, warming up means a few different things. As you may think right away, it means doing vocal warm up exercises, and this is true. But before even doing vocal warm ups, it’s important to warm up your whole body. You see, you entire body is your singing instrument. And your vocal tract goes from your stomach all the way to your mouth. So, it’s important to release any tension that may be built up in your system before singing.
So, the best way to begin is will some type of body exercise like jumping jacks or something of the sort. Even running in place would be a good start. You don’t have to work up a sweat, but getting your blood pumping is key.
After a little bit of exercising, it’s a good idea to stretch out. The focus for stretching is definitely your arms, shoulders, back and neck. These are the primary places that we hole tension in our bodies, and the parts of the body that we use most for singing. Tension in the body is a big deal and can really negatively effect your singing.
Once you’ve warmed up a bit, then it’s a good idea to begin doing your vocal warm up regimen. What’s also important to note here is that vocal warm up exercises and vocal strengthening exercises are two different things, and it’s important to do both, warm ups first, of course.