for Morning Singing
Vocal warm-ups for waking the voice up in the morning... free sheetmusic exercises to do before you even open your mouth.
What do I mean, before even opening your mouth? HUMMING!
Here are what the "Morning Warmups" look like (scroll down the page for the download link):
Slow and gentle is what these singing warm-ups are about. A physical education teacher once told my 7th-grade gym class that "jumping out of bed" was the worst thing you could do to your body!
Incredulous, one of the girls asked, "The very worst thing?" At which the teacher had to moderate her statement somewhat, replying, "Well, okay; getting hit with a Mack truck would be worse, of course!"
But her point was memorable -- in, fact, her statement is the only thing I remember about that long-ago gym class. The same thing applies to using your voice in the morning... be gentle with it.
Humming is very gentle.
It's hard to damage your vocal folds when you hum, making humming a good way to start your singing day.
Even so, focus your hum "forward," up in the "mask" or in the nose, if you can visualize this. You don't want pressure in the throat, so "aim" the tone up and out, beyond your neck and throat.
Notice that most of these vocal warmups employ humming:
All of these warm-ups start in the easy-to-read "C position" because I want my students to learn to play them eventually.
Once the pattern is established, most of my students can eventually transpose them up a half step at a time. (That is my GOAL, at least!)
A similar "new" vocal warmup for me is also humming, but with a different approach, found in The Complete Voice and Speech Workout Book and CD, edited by Janet Rodgers.
The exercise is called "Hum and Chew", and it means just that -- start a hum, then add chewing, with closed and open mouth. It gets fancier after that, if you want!
It seems that the act of chewing focuses one's tone right into the teeth and bony structure of the face, making the sound more resonant.
Sing a few of these lines early in the morning, perhaps for five minutes, then stop, and come back again in a little while to sing some more.
The link to the vocal warm ups PDF:
Download printable warm-ups sheet music for voice
Interested in songs from the Bible for your students or church? Check out my other website, SingTheBibleStory.com!
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God is So Good lyrics and sheet music, now with two new versions. This simple and sweet hymn is perfect for beginning musicians.
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Queen Esther in the Bible
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the attempted genocide of the Jews in ancient Persia, and the brave young queen who risked her life to change the king's mind and save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theatre production, or a class of Sunday School children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
Just the Black Keys
This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
The Adventures of Tonsta
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.
With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
Available at Amazon
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I'd love to know about your favorite warm-ups, perhaps passed on to you by a dear teacher, or one you have made up yourself and come to rely upon. Tell us how you use it!
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Hi, I'm Dana! (Say that like "Anna".) I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.
Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.
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