Press “play” to hear Ariella narrate this blog:
I’m not a morning person!
I wake up with big hair, tired eyes, and the need for time and space to stretch into my day. I truly admire those of you bounce out of bed.
But regardless of loving morning or not, none of us are equipped to perform a rock ballad, sing an aria, or give a business presentation first thing.
To shift from your half-there “morning voice” into your full “daytime voice,” first things first:
My favorite morning drink is vodka.
It’s actually warm water with lemon.
It’s gentle, great for the voice, and also a wonderful aid for digestion!
If you’re a caffeine drinker, please double your water intake, as caffeine dries out the throat and body.
And when you’re ready to vocalize, I suggest starting with these 2 vocal warm-ups that include no muscular exertion, and do wonders for our vocal chords [listen to blog recording for examples]:
1. Lip Trills
Once you’ve done these, I highly recommend this next warm-up every single day of your life (yep, that’s how stellar it is!):
3. Sing from your heart and soul
How do you do that??
You know those moments when you find yourself singing as if nobody is watching? That means you’re truly happy, and you are singing from a space of pure heart ease and soul joy!
You can create that mood every day, even if momentarily.
Whether it’s a song that already exists or a melody that you make up, start with a single note, shut your eyes, and sing let your heart and soul sing.
In the past I have set an alarm for 10 minutes first thing each morning, to sing whatever melody comes forth! At times, this was the last thing I wanted to do, but after 10 minutes, I was awake and alive, ready to enjoy my day.
What a gift to yourself!
I have a new tool that will help you warm-up with these exercises and many more. It’s called Vocal WarmUp Essentials and you can find it here!
I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below! What motivates you to warm up and care for your voice? Does warming up help you share your voice with more confidence and strength?