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Took a class in drama/speech today, in preparation for a lecture. He was doing very basic exercises with us, beginning with the whole lying on the floor to relax stuff. I was thinking that this is very simplistic stuff, but I kept quiet and did the exercises. Then it was projecting VVVV and ZZZZ etc at the opposite wall. Still very basic, but I noticed that the warm up was helping. The other participants weren't quite getting the hang of things, blowing through open vocal folds etc, which demonstrated that my theoretical knowledge, and my very sporadic and occasional vocalizations, were giving me a head start on them. Finally, we went out into the large university building, and we stood at different places about 20 yards from each other and read aloud from a play. Since my voice had shown to be the strongest while we were in the smaller room, I was stood on a balcony the furthest away.

My voice was huge! I never get the chance to be loud and Im always lazy with warm ups, so this opportunity to whack away was exciting. I was booming away so loudly, lecturers were coming out of the seminar rooms and complimenting us. Huge as it was, I still had quite a bit left if I wanted, and without the slightest strain. My chords were buzzing away, my head was resonating like a church bell and I felt I could almost have shattered windows.

But what a difference doing a proper warm up makes!

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we started off with relaxation, clenching/relaxing different muscles around the body.

Then breathing lying down. Make sure chest wasnt rising.

Then breathing standing up, hands on diaphragm, making sure sides were moving out.

Then exhaling on a voiceless HHHHHHHHHHHH

Then exhaling with tone on ah, oh, oooh, eh, ay

Then clenching facial muscles and relaxing, including tongue curling and 'fluttering the tongue'.

Then plosive consonants, voiceless ones first, p, t etc

Then voicing them, b, d etc

Bit of lip trills here

Then MMMMM and NNNNNN standing on all four with face pointing towards the ground to feel resonance

Then vvvvvvvvvvvvv zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Then all of those consonants and vowels loudly at the opposite wall

That was pretty much it, but we spent maybe 40 mins doing all those warm-ups.

Then reading text loudly from a play towards each other across a room

Then reading the same text in the much larger aula.

Nothing magic at all, but a complete warm up without rushing anything.

I was so warmed up, it felt like my volume was without limit. The only volume limit was my mental volume button to set an appropriate volume level. It also felt like if I took lessons seriously and regularly, I could do some serious singing.

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Having spent a little time on twang recently gave me some extremely useful, practical knowledge, btw. Listening to the others, it was immediately obvious how much a lack of it was causing them problems and how important it was for me to keep tight vocal folds

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It was a lot of fun! I was seriously hitting Dio roar volume, (though, of course, not his range). And that power wasnt a physical effort, it was just a mental decision what volume I wanted.

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It was a lot of fun! I was seriously hitting Dio roar volume, (though, of course, not his range). And that power wasnt a physical effort, it was just a mental decision what volume I wanted.

Singing is mental. All you have to do is get out of the way of yourself.

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Its amazing isnt it, when your voice is warmed up, it feels really loose and elastic.. I need to warm up a lot due to allergies, the difference between a non warmed up voice (cracky, croaky and dry) to a mega warm voice (open, rich, eleastic) is much like any muscle..

Ha, good for you, you realised what you can do with it, now go make millions!!! :D

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True. What happened here is everything got nicely aligned with a proper warm up, and then the body just did what the mind wanted it to do.

warming up can sometimes take a lot longer than you want it to, and i gotta learn not to rush it.

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