My favourite Daily Habits for Better Singing: Sirens, Singer Stretches, Speaking Voice Mindfulness are essential tools for a healthy voice.
Watch this video to see me chat through the Daily Habits for Better Singing:
- 00:00 – Intro
- 01:20 – Sirens
- 02:52 – How to Siren
- 05:35 – Singer’s Stretches
- 06:31 – Speaking Voice Mindfulness
Sirens are absolutely the best thing that you can do for your voice. It is an opportunity to wake your voice up before you speak and it’s a stretch for your voice.
Use it to check in with your voice at the start of the day to get an understanding of how it feels, how it sounds and what you might need to do to look after it.
It helps to inform you of how you need to act throughout the day to really make sure that your voice is supported.
Listen for gaps or any clunkiness in the coordination of your siren. You may need a longer warm up and/or a few more Sirens. It may also mean you need some vocal rest or extra hydration.
Daily Habits for Better Singing: Sirens
Sirens can tell you so much and you learn from doing the same exercise consistently.
How it should feel to stretch your voice and what you want to be looking or listening and feeling for every single day.
Because it’s also a great wake up for your voice, if that’s all you get time to do before you suddenly have to sing, you can just do a couple of quick sirens and that will stretch your voice in preparation to make sound.
Now, ideally, a warmup that’s right for your voice is much better! However, if you are put on the spot and you’ve only got a few seconds, the Siren is your go to!
Watch the video to see me demonstrate a Siren.
Try Sirening every single morning and let me know how your voice feels after 30 days or even just a week.
Remember to think about how it feels, keep your effort numbers low, keep the volume low and teach your voice to make sound at different levels of volume and intensity.
The next habit for better singing are Singers Stretches.
The premise is to make sure that your entire body is free from tension.
Start with the bigger muscle groups, hamstrings, back and chest.
Then move onto muscles that are closer to your Larynx. Your tongue, jaw, neck and shoulders.
Here is a video walking you through step by step!
Daily Habits for Better Singing: Singers Stretches
Speaking Voice Mindfulness
Being mindful of how you use your speaking voice when you are out and about, especially before or after gigs.
The music is loud and our voices often try to compete.
We may shout to communicate with our friends, laugh loudly or use the extremes of our voice. Yelling or right or whispering, those extremes can really have an impact on your voice.
Try to be extra mindful of your speaking voice if you have a recording or performance coming up. Especially in the three days prior.
Daily Habits for Better Singing: Speaking Voice Mindfulness
When you are speaking within your normal vocal range for an extended period of time, do a siren beforehand to prepare your voice. Also consider taking some vocal rest for at least 20 minutes afterwards.
Vocal rest involves not speaking for a set period of time. This allows any swelling that has occurred from high voice use to come down.
Use a vocal warm down to bring your voice back to where you usually speak. You can do that using a Reverse Siren. Watch the video to see how.
Daily Habits for Better Singing Should Take Just 5 minutes
Doing these three actions daily should only take you five minutes.
Make sure you are focused on releasing tension with your stretches both for your body and your voice with Sirens.
Then continue on with Speaking Voice Mindfulness throughout the day.
Try these three singing habits all together, look after your overall vocal heath and you will have an amazing toolkit that will help you build a solid foundation for your voice.
Let me know how your voice feels after a week and comment below if you have any questions!