As a singer there's always the chance that at an event or friends party, you'll be asked to jump and and perform.
Which is why it's a very good idea to have an exercise up your sleeve to get ready to perform fast.
Watch this video and I'll show you the exact warm up exercise you should use in this situation!
The key thing you want to do when you are warming up your voice, is get more "presence".
This means that your sound is coming forward into your mask and not getting stuck in your throat.
Getting presence in your voice is going to give it a crisp edge to your tone, whereas if your voice isn't warm it will sound dull and uninteresting.
So to get this presence, the first step is to put your thumb under your jaw so you can feel when your swallowing muscles are tensing up.
If they are tensing up they are going to block your voice and your sound isn't going to come out the way you would like.
Then with your thumb under your jaw, begin to hum on a scale or melody.
What you're trying to do is hum as high as you can without your swallowing muscles tensing up.
Keep going over it again and again until you feel these muscles start to relax.
Here's the part of the video where I demonstrate the exercise. (The video will begin at the correct time 1:33)
And here is the audio exercise I used in the video so you can practice:
What this is going to do is gently wake up your vocal chords and prepare them so they are ready to sing.
And it's also going to give your voice that presence that we talked about.
The beauty of this exercise is it works really quickly, and you can also do it with very little sound.
So it's something you can do in the car on the way to a venue... or you can even duck into the restroom if you need to quickly step away and get your voice ready.
Once again, it's a very good idea to have a vocal warm up exercise like this at your disposal.
Because the last thing you want is to have to go in front of a crowd when you know your voice is not going to sound it's best!
So watch the video above and practice the vocal warm up exercise. Then next time a performance comes up where you have to get ready quickly, use it and give a performance you will be proud of!