JasonLaMountain Posted August 27, 2010 Share Posted August 27, 2010 As far as I know, most singers use scales as a warmup before performing a show, but I find that scales tend to tire my voice (or not adequately warm me up) even if I keep them light and easy. I seem to warm up much better by singing songs, starting with songs that are very easy to sing and gradually increasing the difficulty until I am singing things that are moderately difficult for me. I'm just curious if anyone else has noticed the same thing, or if there is something I am doing wrong when I warmup with scales. A typical "scale based" warmup (when I used to do them) might be: hum a comfortable pitch, gradually increase a 1/2 step at a time until I reach my top comfortable note (starting in full voice and ending in falsetto) hum a 5 note major scale, gradually increase starting note a 1/2 step at a time as in previous exercise Sing the same scale on an ah or ee vowel Keep repeating and gradually increase the volume All in all the warmup would take around 30 minutes. Part of the reason it may not seem to warm me up well is that I sing fairly hard and tend to push a bit in my upper (full voice) range, so singing softly and transitioning to falsetto during warmup is quite a bit different from how I sing. On the flip side, I find a cool down of 15-20 minutes helps immensely after singing. I usually just do a 5 note major scale on ee, start at my highest comfortable full voice note (without pushing) and bring it down a 1/2 step at a time until I am at my lowest note (all very nice and easy). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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