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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?

Practice the Straws exercise...

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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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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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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:

It’s entirely...

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Release on the Inhalation (Breath)

how to warm up Mar 29, 2018

Our How To Warm Up video is longer than usual today. Why? Because it’s one of the most important exercises I teach, and I think you deserve to understand it fully! The exercise is called “Release on the Inhalation” and it’s for your breathing. It will teach you how to take an easy breath, which is incredibly important for speaking or singing without excess effort. I could go on and on about how this exercise will transform your ability to perform with confidence, ease...

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Easy Onsets (Sound)

how to warm up Mar 15, 2018

Have you heard of something called a glottal attack? It sounds violent, and in fact it can be for your vocal cords! A glottal attack (also called a glottal onset or glottal stop) is when you press your two vocal cords together firmly, and then explode them apart to begin making sound. It makes a sort of clicking or popping noise… Britney Spears does it at the beginning of the phrase when she says “Oh baby baby” in this song, and every time Michael Jackson...

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Notice What’s In The Room (Impulse)

how to warm up Mar 08, 2018

Today’s warm up exercise is very powerful for connecting your impulses to your ability to express yourself. It’s a simple exercise that I call “notice what’s in the room,” and it’s a way to practice being more present and expressive. Since it pertains to the first step in the whole “How To Warm Up” sequence (revisit the intro video if you don’t know what I mean), it’s a fundamental exercise that I highly recommend...

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