#172 How to shake up your favourite choir warm-ups

We all have favourite warm-ups that we know our choirs enjoy and that help them to relax and get ready to sing. But those favourites can get a bit stale, so in this episode, we’ll look at how to give a twist to your warm-ups to keep them fresh and engaging.

We’ll look at some of the key types of warm-ups and the kind of variations you can add to keep your singers on their toes.

Essential learning points:

  • A simple stretch is always a great way to begin a rehearsal because it helps singers to focus and relax. Find ways of introducing different movements and having fun so that your singers will learn to expect the unexpected.
  • Breathing. There are so many ways to practise breathing with your singers from soft relaxed inhales and exhales to short, sharp pulses and counting.
  • The humble scale – change up the sounds, rhythm or dynamics; work in harmony or contrary motion. There are endless possibilities.
  • Chords. Create triads and other harmonies. Add semitone changes and different dynamics.
  • Rockin’ rounds – these are a great way to help your singers learn to hold a simple part against another. By mixing up, adding movement and changing dynamics you can work on a whole host of team-building.

Key quotes:-

“Everyone comes in and they’re all a bit fizzy”

“We don’t want to go full aerobic!”

“It’s a great way to get people to stop talking”

“It’s a part of choir where I feel I can be quite creative”

“I’m glad we did this podcast – I’ve got something new to try now”

Comments on #172 How to shake up your favourite choir warm-ups

  1. Avatar Frances Attwood says:

    Thank you, this is so practical. I run a group (not a choir!) for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Singing helps with breathing and using muscles, including facial and throat muscles. So, I am always on the lookout for good warm up exercises. I have a variety of warm ups but it is helpful to have some more ideas so we don’t get stuck on exactly the same ones each week.

    1. Christine Mulgrew Christine Mulgrew says:

      Hi Frances, Thanks for your message, so glad you found the episode useful for your group :)

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