How To Warm Up Your Voice: the intro to the “How To Warm Up” series

Hi it’s Elissa Weinzimmer founder of
Voice Body Connection and welcome to the How To Warm-Up video series how to warm up I created this video series because a lot of my clients were asking me “Elissa,
how should I warm up in the morning or before I have an audition or an
important meeting etc?” Well, here’s the thing, there’s no one way to warm up what
there is is an intelligence about how to tell what your body needs on any given
day. If I were to create a ten minute warm-up video and say do this every day
follow it by rote, memorize it perfectly, it would go against what I believe which
is teaching you to fish instead of fishing for you if you will. Right? So
what you’re gonna learn in this intro video is the intelligence behind the
exercises in this whole series so that you can on a daily basis or whenever you
need put together a warm-up that suits you. Now let’s start with asking a really
important question which is, “Why is it important to warm up?” In my opinion
it’s important to warm up because it teaches your body how to behave on a
certain day. If you’re going out to give a presentation or to perform and you
expect your body to suddenly be there for you maybe some days it is but on
some days you may not be an optimum mode. you need to give yourself 5, 10, 15
minutes to actually let your body feel what it feels like to be functioning in
an optimum way before you go out on stage. So, we’re going to go through 7
different steps that are the progression of how the voice works and therefore
what you can warm up when you’re warming up your voice and your body to perform.
Here we go through those steps. So here are the seven steps that we go through
when our body wants to make sound. The first step is that we have an impulse. We
have a desire to speak, there’s a reason, there’s some sort of inspiration for why
we want to communicate. The next thing that happens when our nervous system
receives that impulse is that our body responds in some sort of way, it moves in
some way. And one of those movements of the body is breath, it is breathing, it is
the movement of the respiration in order to get a breath in. Now as that breath
comes in our lungs expand and then as that breath travels
up and out it encounters in our airway vocal cords also known as vocal folds.
Those vocal folds are where the sound occurs which is the really simple way
of saying vibration, or the fancy word for it is phonation. When those vocal
cords get set into motion by the airflow coming through them, and indeed that is
actually a physics principle that sets them into motion, it’s an aerodynamic
principle. So they start vibrating very quickly hundreds or even thousands of
times per second that makes a sound in our larynx and our voice box in our
throat. Now that sound wouldn’t sound like a human voice yet unless it started
to bounce around inside what’s called the vocal tract, which is the tube, your
throat, from vocal cords all the way up through into your mouth and into your
nasal passages. Now as that sound bounces around inside that vocal tract it
becomes resonant, it creates resonance. And so that resonance starts
to make it sound more like my voice or your voice because everyone’s tube is a
different shape. And then from there we have articulators, we have speech
things that can happen all over with our lips, our teeth, our tongue, our jaw, etc.
And as we articulate we shape that flow of resonant sound into speech and then
finally we compose all of those little parts of speech into whatever language
we’ve agreed upon to use. And that language is also communication which can
reach the person who is listening to us. Now those are the seven steps that
explain how our voice works and I go more deeply into this big overview that
I did very quickly in my online course How Your Voice Works, but for now I hope
you understand enough to know that if we warm up each of these steps along the
way, we’ll have a warm voice. So as you work your way through this series of
videos you’ll see that they’re organized into these categories. There are
exercises for impulse, body, breathing, sound, resonance, articulation, and
language. What you can do is pick and choose, see what you like the best and
what feels important to you on any given day in terms of what you need. You can use these exercises as a pre-warm up
before your existing routine or even as a post warm-up cool down if you’d like. Or you can just use them as your full warm-up routine. If you have any questions feel
free to let me know below the videos and of course you can visit me at if you’d like to learn more about the How to Warm Up series, the
How Your Voice Works class, the How to Have Presence class or any of my other
offerings. I look forward to seeing you over there and in the videos. How to Warm Up


  1. Great video as always!!! I've a question, it is said that while singing high notes, to avoid strain we should throw our voice back and up, in the nasal and head resonators, but while doing it, should we feel like the air is coming a little bit from nose too?
    i'm a bit confused, but the trick is great as all the great singers use it. Do you have any suggestions for that and how to throw the voice in head resonance while singing high? Thanks for the lovely content!!

  2. Thanks for the video! I learned a lot

  3. I didn't see any warm up excercises.

  4. dear mam i like your all lectures series thank you

  5. Thanks for this video this is very helpful

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