If you have to speak early, or have a vocally demanding day ahead of you, it is well worth spending five minutes warming up your voice.
- This helps you sound more like you.
- The greater the note range your ear hears coming from you during warm– up, the more notes will subsequently be used when you speak.
- The shower is a good place as it’s warm and wet – and usually private.
Start low and very gentle and go higher as the voice warms up. Avoid too much volume. Feel a tingle on the lips.
Get the tongue involved by playing with the voice up and down as you LA. If it’s good enough for opera singers...
3. EE – OO’s
Sliding from the top and the bottom of your range sing EE-OO’s focusing on the tongue rising on EE and the lips rounding on OO’s.
Go through the warm-up exercises on the Articulation & Clarity Remedy.
- Avoid dairy products – especially milk, cheese and chocolate – before a vocally demanding day.
- If you feel strain or soreness before or after professional speaking, rest the voice when you can, but don’t whisper. Also gargle with warm salt water - after every meal, if possible - until it feels better.