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Performing, Honing Your Craft

Sep 1, 2015 06:00 AM

Nicola Milan

Top 5 Exercises to Warm Up Your Voice Before a Show

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Whether you're performing at a café or in front of a thousand people, an effective vocal warm-up is a crucial step to making sure you sound good from the very first note you sing. Without a decent warm-up, your voice can be susceptible to cracking, straining, raspiness, and sounding slightly off-pitch (i.e., flat), and depending on how much you've sung that week, your voice can take up to 60 minutes of singing to reach its peak (yes, that long). If your gig happens to be a single 45-minute or hour-long set, and you haven't spent any time warming up, you really aren't going to be showing the audience the best of what you've got.

So here are my top five vocal warm-ups that you can use to get your voice ready and performing at its peak, right from the very first word.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

Aug 6, 2015 09:00 AM

Nicola Milan

How to Prep Your Voice for Your Next Big Show: A Three-Week Guide

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Your next big gig is coming up in two weeks. You've spent countless hours rehearsing, your flyers and posters have all gone out, you've been mass-spamming your friends on social media to make sure they turn up, and you're pumped about the gig... but then your voice starts getting raspy, and it feels like you're developing a sore throat.

For a vocalist, nothing sucks the life out of a performance like having to worry about whether your voice is going to be up to scratch on the night of the show. Singers' voices are unlike every other instrument in that they, themselves, are living, breathing instruments, and unfortunately, their voices can be prone to having off days. So if you have a massive gig on the horizon, here's a step-by-step guide to preparing your voice in advance so you sound killer when you hit the stage.