December 30th, 2011 | by Joey Elkins

New Year’s Resolution

This week we’re wondering what your new year’s resolution is for 2012!

The start of a new year is always a good time to look back and think forward about what you can achieve, fix or improve. Musically there are also many things we can set as goals for a new year’s resolution…

We’d love to hear what goals you’re setting yourself for 2012!

So the question is: “What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2012?”

We’d love to hear what you think on FaceBook and our Forum!

Great Comments from Last Week

Last week I asked… “What is your vocal warm-up routine?”

A big thanks to all who answered this one. It was really interesting to see the involvement of hot drinks or steam into peoples routines too. Joshua Drane wrote –

“A lip roll on a five-point scale then a hum in same scale for at least five min. After green tea with black tea and honey with lemon.”

Thanks again to all of you who participated last week. I’m looking forward to your answers this week too. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2012!

– J.

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  • Todd M.

    I do the lip trill thing to the tune of whatever is on the radio or my iPod starting about 20-30 min before show time, also after a cup of warm tea w/ honey-loquat and lemon. Lip trills until they tingle (about 2-3 minutes), then hum or even talk til about 5 min before going on stage at which time I do some “yah”s to a 5 point scale moving up a half step between each scale until I get into the upper part of my range, but not all the way up, then descend in half step increments doing the 5 point scale a few times along the way down to my lowest “comfortable” note. The trills warm up the vocal folds, relax jaw and face muscles while loosening any mucus that might be hanging around the nasopharynx. The “yah”s bring my tone “to the front”, so to speak, and engage the jaw, bringing it forward, encourages gentle breath support, and focuses muscles away from vocal folds. The whole process takes about 2.5 minutes.

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