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Oral Resonance (Resonance)

how to warm up Jun 07, 2018

Oral resonance is the quality of sound that bounces around in your oral cavity… aka your mouth. It helps you have a sound with more depth and richness of tone. In today’s How To Warm Up video you’ll learn how to tap into oral resonance so your sound bounces powerfully off the roof of your mouth and reaches your listener’s ear with ease. Who knows, you may even land a job as a radio DJ with this one!

Watch the Oral Resonance video here:

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Loft Resonance (Resonance)

how to warm up May 31, 2018

It’s time for another How To Warm Up video about resonance! In today’s video you’re going to learn how tapping on the top of your head will help you lengthen your vocal tract (the voice tube, if you will) up and down so you get a more lofty, floating sound. This exercise is especially valuable for people who are experiencing vocal fatigue and want to make a fuller sound with less work.

Watch the Loft Resonance video here: 

Short, sweet, and helpful I hope! And stay...

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Mask Resonance (Resonance)

how to warm up May 10, 2018

Wanna have a voice that travels powerfully through space and pings off the side of the room? Work on your mask resonance! In today’s How To Warm Up video you will learn how to tap into the “mask” resonance in the front of your face (think cheekbones and eyebrows), you’ll be able to create a more powerful sound with less work. Sounds pretty appealing, right? Let’s do it!

Learn the Mask Resonance exercise here:  

Enjoy this!!

xo,

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Sound That Feels True To You (Impulse)

how to warm up May 10, 2018

In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re going back to the very beginning: our initial impulse to make sound. This one might feel a little bit woo-woo earth-crunchy to you (you always knew I was wearing Birkenstocks on those feet!), but I promise it’s a great one to try.

The deal is: you’re going to make a sound – yes just make a sound, not say a word – that feels true to you in the moment. Kinda like a sigh. And you’re then going to ask yourself: Was...

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Straws (Sound)

how to warm up May 03, 2018

It’s time for another How To Warm Up video, and today we’re doing a very classic vocal warm-up involving a very easy to find prop: a straw!

Learn how using a smoothie or soda straw, or even a coffee stirrer can up the ante on your vocal warm up and teach you how to calibrate your airflow so you’re not overdoing it. It’s simple, highly effective, and a great way to get your vocal cords functioning optimally. So let’s do it, shall we?

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How To Warm Up Your Voice: The Intro to the “How To Warm Up” Series

how to warm up Apr 18, 2018

Welcome to the How To Warm Up video series!! 

If you’re like: “Ummmm, Elissa, I’ve been watching these videos for a year…” then I know the welcome sounds weird. I’m welcoming you back though, because I recently got around to re-filming the introduction video! (As you may have noticed if you’ve been following the videos for a while, they’ve had a new look in the last six months. After getting feedback that the series was...

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Quick Articulator Sequence (Articulation)

how to warm up Apr 18, 2018

Today’s How To Warm Up video is quick, easy, and goofy as usual. Check out my favorite warm up sequence for the articulators – namely the lips, tongue, and jaw (and a little somethin’ somethin’ for the skull too because it feels good!). If you get really good at this one, you can probably do the whole thing in under a minute. In fact, I’d like to see you try (yes that’s actually a challenge – post a video on my facebook page if you’re...

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Shoulder, Neck, and Jaw Tension Release (Sound)

how to warm up Apr 11, 2018

Today’s How To Warm Up video is going to be useful for a lot of us… because I can’t remember the last time I encountered a human who said: “Wow! My shoulders, neck, and jaw are SO relaxed!!”

If you’re like the rest of us, then you too have tension in your shoulders, neck, and a jaw. And guess what my friend… that’s affecting your voice. So I highly recommend you do this simple sequence of three exercises once a day to undo those patterns of...

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Breath of Fire (Breath)

how to warm up Apr 05, 2018

In today’s How To Warm Up video, I’m covering a breathing technique from yoga called Breath of Fire!!

Breath of fire, which is called kapalabhati in Sanskrit (that means skull-shining breath ) is used as a technique to move energy upward in the body, or make the coiled kundalini ‘snake’ begin to rise.

Breath of fire is practiced in and out through the nose, and even though we breathe through the mouth when we’re speaking or singing (certainly on the...

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The “Notice what’s in the room” impulse exercise

how to warm up Mar 30, 2018

We’re back at the top of the loop of the How To Warm Up video series! So today we dive back in with an exercise about how to follow our Impulses. I love using this exercise as a way to get my creative juices flowing, become really present, and practice connecting impulse all the way into speaking. I like to call the exercise “Notice What’s in the Room.” Check out this simple and highly effective technique!

Check out the Impulse Warm-Up here:

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