Do you have a favourite word or string of words that you use to warm up your voice and get ready for the day?
Any particular words that can “articulate” that “resonate” well with you (pardon the puns!)?
As a voice major, I’ve encountered hundreds of different vocal warm ups and it is always interesting (and entertaining) to add more to the old repertory… I hope you find some neat ones here!
Inspired by a thread in the Voices.com LinkedIn Group by Dave Justus, I present to you a number of warm up words that will keep your articulators and resonators in check for 2010.
Dave Justus asked the following of our Voices.com members at LinkedIn:
“Your equipment is turned on, your mic is in front of you, headphones perched on your ears and your recording software is just waiting for you to start a new file. What words or phrase do you say out loud to warm up the voice and center your focus for your recording?
For whatever reason I say, ‘boogiedaboogiedaboogiehellohellohello.'”
A number of replies poured in from voice talent members who shared their warm up words and vocal exercises with the group, including:
“I try to wake up by saying a few tongue twisters. Here’s an easy one I found on Rodney Saulsberry’s web site“:
Someone said something simple
A simple something said to me
Simply simple someone said
A simple something said to me.
— David Hoxie
“My speech therapist taught me to stick my tongue out (as far as I can) and put it between my teeth and say the alphabet. As you make the sound of each letter release the tongue then reengage it. And of course, tongue twisters.”
— John Di Domenico
“The best warm up words for me are to practice singing — softly — softly — the chromatic scale. Whichever octave you are comfy with. Just sing from the lowest to the highest and back… until the job is done and warm!”
— Maurice Smith
“I’ve been using the warm up exercises developed by Daws Butler that his protege Joe Bevilacqua taught me. They are superb! You’ll find them in the book: Scenes for Actors and Voices.”
— Carl Welden
“My favorite one for myself and one I give my clients is ‘A big black bug bit a big black bear’ to flex the lips and then count to ten for the microphone levels.”
— Brenda Smith
What Words Do You Warm Up With?
If you have any favourite words, tongue twisters or vocal warm-ups that you’d like to share, comment and let me know!
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