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VOCAL WARM UP

  • Stand with your feet slightly apart.
  • Start by stretching your arms right above your head and then slowly try to stretch each arm slightly higher than the other. Do this for eight counts.
  • Slowly relax the arms down and slowly relax the top half of your body and bend at the waist. Make sure you relax totally.
  • Come back up to standing.
  • Taking your right arm stretch up and gently bend over to the left from the waist.
  • Come back to an upright position and repeat to the other side.
  • Shake your right leg then your left leg.
  • Shake your right arm then your left arm.
  • Finish by shrugging your shoulders up and down gently.  

The most important thing whilst warming up your body is that you do everything gently. Now we will waken up our facial muscles.

  • Start by opening your mouth as wide as you can then relax, repeat four times
  • Smile as big as you can then relax, repeat four times.
  • Raise your eyebrows up and down four times.
  • Wrinkle your nose four times relaxing in between.
  • Scrunch your whole face up and then stretch it all out. Repeat Four times.  

VOCAL EXCERCISES

  • Breath in through your nose, feel your lungs fill up and your rib cage expand.
  • Hold for four counts then exhale through your mouth.
  • Repeat the above to music if you prefer.
  • Breathe in and hold and pant like a dog, then top up your breath through your nose and repeat. Relax.
  • Now take a big breath in through your nose, keeping your shoulders down, and hum on a comfortable note. Feel the sound resonating through the resonating chambers.
  • Repeat but this time open your mouth and relax the jaw to the sound of MAHH, then gently close the mouth and return to the humming sound.


Now repeat each exercise three times:

  • Me May Mah.
  • Me May Mah
  • Me May Mah  
  • Roo Rah Ray
  • Roo Rah Ray
  • Roo Rah Ray  
  • bbbbbbbbb
  • ccccccccc
  • ddddddddd  continue through the alphabet  

Recite a nursery rhyme starting quietly then getting louder try to do in one breath. 
Now do it again using different inflections. 
Finish by reciting the nursery rhyme with different intentions. 
As a teacher telling a pupil off. 
As the new president. 
As a little child. 
As an MP. 
As part of an argument. 
Now choose a piece from a play or a monologue book and learn it. 
Try to learn a new piece every couple of weeks to keep your memory skills up to speed.  

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