WHOLESOME! Little buds are growing on the tree in front of the old croft. Who planted it, who sat under it, which children played in it?
YOU HAVE FOUND!
A LOW REGISTER WARM UP!
This warm up is for exercising the low/middle registers of your voice. It will make it easier to ‘boof’ like a sleepy dog on deep notes. We’d suggest incorporating this exercise midway through your warm up session, before tackling anything higher pitched.
LOW REGISTER WARM UP
Think of the ‘ng’ in words like ‘sing’ and ‘sprung’, and slowly say these words out loud, focusing on where you feel the resonance in your nose, mouth, throat, or chest.
Remove the start of the word, keeping the ‘ng’ only, and choose a comfortable pitch in your middle - low range. Hum ‘ng’ with a slightly open mouth on this pitch, then let the hum travel downwards.
Repeat this gesture, gradually taking the hum lower and lower until you reach the edges of your range. This gently warms up the lower register of your voice, and allows it to become resonant without straining it.
You can repeat this exercise, ending the hum with a vowel on every gesture e.g. ‘ng-oh’, ‘ng-ah.’ Letting this hum blossom into an open sound ensures pitch clarity and a confident start to a note.
NOTE! USE CARE!
Like high registers, our low register should be warmed up very carefully, softly, and slowly, as to prevent strain or damage on/to the throat. These warm ups should be sung between very quietly and mostly quietly. The aim is to gently allow the voice to move lower without pushing or forcing it.