Vocal Warmups For The Pop Voice

Hi, and welcome to another blog proudly brought to you by Vox Singing Academy. My name is Peter Vox and in this blog I am going to be discussing one of our most popular lessons and highest rating videos entitled “warming up your voice.”

I have had lots of requests asking about how to warm-up for different genres of music. This is the first in a series of four blogs discussing how to warm-up for a specific genre. Today let’s focus on the Pop voice. Please keep in mind, this pop warm-up is a very big umbrella technique that you can apply to the country voice, theatre voice, the easy-listening voice, the contemporary voice, the light rock voice and many more. There are thousands of genres out there and if I was to write a blog for every genre, I would be here forever. So, let’s first and foremost talk about warming up the voice.

We need to be warming up the parts of the voice that we will be using on stage, in the rehearsal, or when we’re practicing. The time one takes to warm up depends on the individual them self. It is totally up to you how long you’ll take. You’ll know when your voice is completely warmed up because you’ll feel confident in your voices ability and performance. Although, please do not over warm-up. We want to be as fresh on the first song as we are on the last.

I recommend warming up with a humming exercise, a burble exercise or an ung exercise. The ung is what I personally warm up with. I give a demonstration of each one of these scales here.

After I’ve completed one of those warm up exercises, I generally go to a passive “Wee” falsetto exercise to warm up my top range.

Once I’m feeling warmed up with those passive exercises, I am going to do some true voice scales. I always do vowel scales to get my mouth articulating. This is a very important part of singing, as we need to use the right mouth shapes. So I do a couple of vowel exercises, whether it be an “air – see – heart – soul – you” or a major 5th pattern if I want to work my voice up and down.

After this, I like to do a siren through my registers. I like to do this on a ‘wee’ sound. Please let your voice cross over to falsetto as you’re going up higher through this siren exercise. If your voice cracks and breaks as you are changing though voices it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t have to connect all the way.
After this, I go and do true voice to falsetto jump intervals, especially if I am using these in my songs.

Then I like to warm up the high end of my true voice and do a cry exercise of some sort. I’ll be using a “Wah” sound here, as high as I can go using my true voice.

Before I am about to go up on stage or into the rehearsal studio, I’ll run through the first verse and the first chorus of the first song that I am about to sing. This way I know what key I am going to be singing in, and I know my voice is ready to go. This allows me to be totally sure that I am completely warmed up and if I am not completely warmed up, I go back and do some more scales until I feel completely warmed up.
I hope that this has helped you guys out. I am sure that it will! Please use this combination of scales. Warming up is very important so that you can sound the best you can and more importantly, it’s imperative for maintaining great vocal health!

Thank you for reading and have fun singing.