Voice Lesson #1 – Massage Points

June 7th, 2012 · No Comments

This is our first lesson in a series of voice warmups. Just like a basketball player needs to stretch and shoot some light layups before they go out and play a game, so does a singer need to warm up before you begin to sing. This is an important step so that you do not damage your voice.

This first lesson is to help relax all the muscles involved in singing. This will not only help you sing more relaxed and therefore sound better but will also help keep your vocal chords hydrated.

  • Stand up with good posture (take off glasses if you wear them)
  • sing the notes “do re mi fa sol fa mi re do” in 8th notes with the word “Hay”
  • Remember do not sing loudly yet, this is only a warmup
  • As you sing softly, massage your face including around the eyes, jaw hinge and forehead. Feel how each of these spots are used in singing and try to relax them as much as possible.
  • As you keep singing, grab your chin and pull your mouth open. Again try to relax the jaw as much as possible. You will sound a little funny doing this as you keep singing with your jaw pulled open.
  • Next massage the root of your tongue from side to side (no dont put your fingers into your mouth), This area is located on your neck right below your jaw but above the bump known as the the Adams Apple which is the cartilage surrounding the larynx. Do not touch that or the larynx, but the soft part above it which is the root of your tongue.
  • Next give your neck and shoulders a good massage.
  • Next message your scalp.

Do this 2 or 3 time while singing the whole time in a very soft tone. With each new massage point, feel how this point is used in singin and relax it as much as possible.

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