Simple Vocal Warm-Up / Απλό ζέσταμα φωνής
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Having free time nowadays is surely a luxury. A big portion of our day is spent in our car, a bus,the sybway. In a day full of responsibilities, we may have a vocal lesson or at the end of the day a live show or even a rehearsal. When will you manage to prepare your voice and where?
Dont worry, I have the solution for you!
Simple exercises that you can do while you are getting ready, before you leave your home, in the car, while you are in a waiting area.
1. LIP ROLLS
We start to do a few lip rolls,if I do not know how, I pretend to be bored and puffy, creating a vibration on my lips, trying to make the sound of a horse blow. Try to make this sound in different tones. Any tone you feel comfortable with. * For those who know can do a triad of notes where they are comfortable, ascending descending. (1,3,5,3,1)
We continue with the Z. Yes, we make a continuous, short in duration, sound with Z. Again, where we feel comfortable, we can think that we go up and down notes wavelike. * A more advanced version is to follow a five note pattern descending, five notes in a row from the highest to the lowest (5,4,3,2,1)
Let's yawn, the most common thing of all ?! Try to open your mouth wide, while inhaling, and then make a big sound (usually A or O), while exhaling. We want to feel the sound on our palate, filling our mouth. Alternatively, you can try yawning loudly and then move the tongue in and out.
4. The Laughing
Laugh. Consecutive notes or a sustained note , of the syllable Ha Ha Ha, starting from low to high or vice versa. Always in our comfortable tonal area. Now we want to "train" our diaphragm, our goal is to feel a movement by putting our hand between our chest and stomach. Alternatively, let's imitate the dog pant with its tongue out. * A more advanced diaphragmatic breathing exercise, is doing the Ha's in descending triads (5,3,1)
Take a deep breath, imagining that the breath reaches all the way to our belly button. Exhale slowly and steadily, checking the diaphragm the way we mentioned in Exercise 4. Repeat as many times as you need, but do not overdo it - there is also the case of brief dizziness.