If you are a singer on your way to a voice lesson, rehearsal or a gig, it is always good to do a bit of warming up in the car. Because 15 minutes of warming up can do wonders for your voice.
Waking up your respiratory instrument is the most important part of a warm up sequence.
Round your lips as if you are going to whistle and begin inhaling.
Inhale 10 seconds, hold your breath for 10 seconds (optional), and exhale for 10 seconds. Repeat the whole process 10 times.
Make sure your breath feels low and you don’t have any air compression in your upper chest or throat.
Keep your abdominal muscles relaxed.
Make a motorboat sound with your lips, with and without phonating.
Glide the pitch up and down.
Let the sound fade a little bit if you feel you are losing the trill on the lips. The more you fade the sound the more air escapes through your lips to stabilize the trill.
You can switch between falsetto and chest voice.
Gentle glides on “oo” or your vowel of choice, starting in the head voice and gently sliding down to the lower range.
Do some descending glides first, then follow with some sirens.
Feel the resonance in the “mask” or the third-eye area, and get present to it as you sing.
Keep the facial muscles and jaw relaxed. It doesn’t need to be crazy loud, just smooth and easy.
I use these exercises in my lessons frequently and I would be happy to walk you through them if you have any questions.