I’m going to give you the 5-minute vocal warmup that I’ve been using for years. Even if you don’t have much time, if you do this 5-minute warmup every day you will start to see tremendous improvement in your voice.
The first exercise to start warming up your voice is a nice easy hum.
To begin, place your thumb under your jaw. Feel that the swallowing muscles are not coming down. You want to try and get a really clean sound to warm up your vocal cords.
And yes, you have to make the weird face, like me at 1:13. The smiling helps keep your voice forward, focusing on the cheeks. Click play on the video below to watch the demonstration.
This helps keep your voice from falling back in the throat. And keeping your voice out of your throat will give you a more present, clear sound. As well as remove any strain you are putting on your voice.
The next exercise in your 5 minute vocal warm up is to use the words, Nay Nay Nay.
This exercise is very effective because it once again helps you to sing without letting your swallowing muscles restrict you.
So again you place your thumb under your jaw to monitor the muscles in this area. And again we make our weird smiley face!
Practice along with me at 2:00 as we do our arpeggios with a nay, nay, nay. Remember to let go on the higher notes.
At this point in the warm up you will be starting to feel your voice really opening up.
Now that you’re warmed up a bit, your voice will be in a good place to do a slightly more difficult exercise. The one we'll be using here is called The Lip Trill.
To watch a demonstration of The Lip Trill, click play on the video below (It will begin at the correct place at 2:34)
At this point your voice will be feeling warm. The notes will come freely and your tonal quality will be nice and sweet.
To finish the 5 minute vocal warm up we will use the Tongue Trill.
You can see me demonstrate it at 3:17. (Press play below and the video will begin at the correct time for the demonstration).
In the demonstration you'll see me use the thumb under the jaw like with some of the previous exercises.
You don’t necessarily need to do this to achieve the tongue trill, but I’d like you to use it to make sure that you’re not holding tension there.
Also, If you can’t quite manage the tongue trill yet, you can substitute an “ah” sound.
Some singers simply don't have the make up in their voice to do a Tongue Trill. But keep trying because there are other cases where it's bad technique that's built up over the years that's stopping you from freely vibrating your tongue.
When you don’t have time for an extensive warmup, these few exercises done for just five minutes will really serve you well.
So practice along with them and feel your voice begin to warm up and have you prepared to give a great performance.