Carolyn Monroe released a series of vocal warm-up tapes with some of her favorite exercises.
Why do you warm-up your voice?
We jog, we lift weights and we go to the gym. We take extra steps to keep our bodies in shape. As a vocalist, you should think of taking care of your voice in the same manner.
Your voice is produced by the efforts of three things.
The lung (the pump) must produce adequate airflow and air pressure to vibrate vocal folds (this air pressure is the fuel of the voice). The vocal folds (vocal cords) are a vibrating valve that chops up the airflow from the lungs into audible pulses that form the laryngeal sound source. The muscles of the larynx adjust the length and tension of the vocal folds to ‘fine-tune’ pitch and tone. The articulators (the parts of the vocal tract above the larynx consisting of tongue, palate, cheek, lips, etc.) articulate and filter the sound emanating from the larynx and to some degree can interact with the laryngeal airflow to strengthen it or weaken it as a sound source.
When we give our lungs a workout we learn to control our breathing. Breath is the life force of the voice. With good breathing we can control how long we hold notes, the amount of air we put behind the notes and many other things. Similarly we can also condition our vocal cords and our articulator’s allowing us to utilize our “instrument” with precision and to expand its capabilities.
When should you warm-up?
Making vocal exercises a part of your daily routine will help you to maintain a level of vocal fitness and to keep working towards the improvement of your voice. How do I do it? Every morning while i sip my coffee and do chores or cook I warm up my voice. Before any live show or studio performance, I warm up my voice again. With every vocal exercise I can feel my throat relaxing, my lungs expanding and my voice getting warmer and clearer. Only when I feel like my throat is relaxed and strong do I begin to sit down at my piano and begin practicing.
Be sure to take your time. You will be using your voice for the rest of your life, and you need to be gentle. You cant rush the process. Take 15 minutes a day to start and then expand from there. Stay hydrated. At recording sessions I drink water with a squeeze of lemon. I keep my lungs healthy and strong with plenty of cardiovascular exercise. When I am sick, I stop singing, period. I have many herbal tea’s and additions like honey and sometimes even bourbon to help me keep my throat clear. I keep a bottle of nasal clearing spray on hand to times when I feel slightly congested. I keep lozenges on hand. My choice of lozenge for long recording sessions and or performances is Slippery Elm, which can be bought here : http://www.thayers.com/store/?main_page=index&cPath=1
Herbal Tea bags
(exclude Bourbon if you are underage)
Boiling water -1 herbal tea bag- 1 tablespoon honey- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper-1 half lemon squeezed- 1 shot of bourbon- Cinnamon to taste
Sample her Warm-up Series
Purchase her Warm-up to Perform Up https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/warmup-to-perform-up/id978686453