We mentioned in a previous blog that many of our customers use Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges for relief during speaking engagements and after over-using their voices. We love that our products help people in their jobs and passions! Sometimes, though, it can help to prepare your voice for overuse, along with using our lozenges.
We pulled together some vocal exercises, courtesy of Six Minutes Speaking and Presentation Skills, that you can use to prepare your voice and stretch your vocal chords, so you avoid discomfort and injury.
1. Breathe deeply and exhale on a hisssssssing sound. Repeat 10 times. Proper breathing is the foundation for a healthy voice AND control over nervous energy that can make the voice quiver.
2. Say “Mm-mmm (as in yummy) Mmm-hmm (like yes) ” Repeat 5 times. This develops mask resonance, which creates a clean and vibrant sound by creating a clean approximation of the cords and a resonance that will sound great and project easily.
3. Say “Mm-mmm. Mmm-hmm.” up and down your vocal range, from low to middle to high and back again, 10 times.
4. Raise your volume a bit and say “Mmmmmmmmy name is…” Repeat this ten times up and down your vocal range. This enhances vocal flexibility and coordination.
5. Say “Ney, ney, ney, ney, ney” loudly but without yelling 10 times up and down your vocal range. This is more mask resonance training.
6. Starting at mid range, make a siren sound with Oooo and Eeeee by sliding down your vocal range several times, starting higher each time. Again, the focus here is on more flexibility and coordination.
7. Say “Mmmmmmm” until you feel a buzzy sensation in the front of your face. Repeat 5 times. Mask resonance again.
8. Now, for isolation of muscles for articulation, try some tongue twisters like those below. To get the full workout, say them each several times but only as fast as you can go and keep them clear. You can increase your speed over time:
- The blue bluebird blinks.
- Three free throws.
- What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?
- Strange strategic statistics.
- Freshly fried flying fish, freshly fried flesh.
9. To bring it all together, speak a few sentences out loud. Use an opening or closing of a talk, a favorite poem or long quote, or song lyrics.
10. Every good work out needs a cool down. End with 5 more big, deep breaths.
Are there other vocal exercises you use to warm up your voice? Share in the comments!