So I’ve been jogging lately to get in better shape and stay healthy.
The first time around in my neighorhood is my warm-up. I start out walking at a medium pace and by the end of the round I’m ready to step it up.
The second round I’m jogging. I set a pace that has me breathing in a rhythmic pattern that I know I can endure to the next round.
By round three I’m feeling tired. I’ve reached my peak and my technique is starting to fail. I go back to walking the rest of the way home.
Why am I telling you this? Because this is a good way to train your voice.
First round is your warm-up. Second round is your work-out. Third round is your warm-down.
How long each round is can vary, and what you do each round can vary. For me, lip rolls and sirens through my entire range is both my warm-up and warm-down. My work-out is my longest round, but that’s because I’m in good shape (vocally that is, certainly not jogging!) You may find you spend most of your time in the warm-up, and your round two of working intensely is for only a short time. That’s OK. Being a vocal athelete takes time, commitment and training….regular training, every day.