How to sing properly in the morning shortly after waking up
here’s a guideline for you:
- Hydrate: Drinking water is essential first thing in the morning because your vocal cords can become dehydrated during sleep.
- Warm Up Your Body: Before you start with vocal warm-ups, it can be helpful to do a little physical warm-up like stretching or jogging in place. This helps to increase blood flow throughout the body, including the throat.
- Gentle Vocal Warm-Ups: Start your vocal warm-ups softly and gently. Humming is a great way to start. Try humming in the mid-range of your voice and slowly work your way up and down in pitch.
- Lip Trills: Blow air out gently through closed lips, making them vibrate or “trill”. Start at a low pitch and slide up to a high pitch, and back down, all on one breath.
- Tongue Trills: Similar to lip trills, but this time rolling your ‘R’s. This can be a bit difficult for some people who can’t roll their R’s, so it’s optional.
- Sirens: Make a siren noise, going from your lowest note to your highest note and back down. This helps to gently stretch and warm up the vocal cords.
- Open Up Your Voice Gradually: As you continue with your warm-ups, start to open up your voice more and more. You can do scales, arpeggios, or even sing some simple songs that aren’t too demanding vocally.
- Avoid Caffeine and Dairy: Both can affect the voice in different ways. Caffeine can dehydrate, and dairy can create excess mucus which can hinder vocal clarity.
- Steam: Taking a warm shower or inhaling steam from a bowl can help to hydrate the vocal cords and clear out mucus.
- Practice Posture: Standing or sitting up straight can make it easier to sing by allowing your lungs to expand fully.
- Ease into Your Repertoire: Don’t jump straight into singing difficult songs. Start with easier tunes and gradually move to more demanding ones as your voice feels ready.
Remember, everyone’s voice is different. What works best for one person might not work for another. The key is to listen to your body and your voice and don’t push too hard, especially in the morning when the vocal cords might still be a bit stiff and dehydrated. With consistent practice and care, you’ll be able to sing beautifully at any time of day!