How to Warm Up Your Vocals

Preparing and warming up your voice for an audition.

How to warm up your vocals. Warming up your voice is important as it protects your vocals and prepares your voice for an audition. A warmed up voice stands out when watching an audition in comparison to one that’s left and over rehearsed.

Good posture

Good posture helps with the air flow through your body.  The best way to stand is with your legs shoulder width apart and your feet firmly on the floor. If you choose to sit rather than stand, sit on the edge of the chair, back straight and don’t learn on the chair.

Deep breaths

Most people have the poor habits of using only the top of their lungs, avoid this. If you feel tense at all whilst breathing it will show through your voice. Keep your shoulders low and your chest relaxed.


No hot or cold drink

Room temperature water is the best drink to warm up your voice with. Avoid dairy drinks completely as they coat your voice and don’t let all the voice through. Hot and cold drinks have negative effects on your vocals before an audition.

Ease all tension and relax your body

This will ease your mind and steady your voice. Try having a small snack to settle your stomach, but not so you feel full. A banana is a good example. Chewing gum can help relieve tension in your jaw, but if you haven’t eaten, don’t chew for too long, it can cause digestion issues.

Release jaw: Relaxing your jaw allows for the best movement when singing, it’s best to massage your cheeks with the heel of each hand.

Do Scales

Practising the scales is something that will help you to see what you’re comfortable with and what may be a struggle. It also prepares your voice for every note you’re likely to hit during your audition. Gradually build your scales as starting too high or too low will damage your vocals.


Humming helps to cool down your voice, but also helps to warm it up without the straining of singing. Humming through the scales is an effective technique.Also ensure your voice is warmed up before an audition to protect your vocals and also to help build your vocal confidence.

Without warming up voice up you risk damaging your voice during the performance and affecting your audience. Remember no matter what happens, just enjoy it, you’ve been given the opportunity to sing for someone, embrace it!


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