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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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Warming Up the Voice

Warming Up the Voice

51 Warming Up the Voice
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the process of warming up the voice prior to singing. Listening to singers warm up can be amusing to the uninitiated bystander. What takes place during the warm-up process may be very diverse and of varying value. The technique of warming up the singing voice should be a major part of any systematic vocal pedagogy. Most singers need to have an established warm-up procedure, probably spread out over twenty to thirty minutes. As vocal skill increases, warm-up time tends to diminish. Because the vocal instrument is physical, a graduated program of warming up is as appropriate to singing as to any athletic occasion. It is not advisable to start off singing high-lying phrases, or phrases that traverse the entire range. Before any vocal performance, including voice lessons, and prior to the vocal warm-up itself, the singer needs to do a few minutes of light physical exercise that produces a feeling of elasticity and freedom throughout the body. Warming up is not only essential to the performance-day routine, it should be part of each day's initial vocal work.

Keywords:   warming up, singing voice, singing, vocal pedagogy, vocal instrument, vocal performance, voice lessons, singer, physical exercise

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