Warm DOWN for quicker progress!
That’s right, warming DOWN your voice is just as important to your vocal health as a warm UP – and I’m here to tell you why.
Noone is infallible, noone is perfect – even I miss a cue, get a lyric wrong or miss the occasional pitch – we’re all human after all. The problem with that, is that everything we do as humans creates muscle memory and habits – our minds are constantly creating ‘auto-pilot’ shortcuts so that we can do things quicker and with less brainpower – if we warm up our voices correctly, but finish on a sour note or give up after repeatedly trying to hit a troublesome note or phrase, you will build HABITS around these misfires and train your voice to go down the wrong path next time you try this song or difficult phrase.
Leave your voice the way you found it
This is my motto – I always leave my voice in the same good working condition that I found it in at the end of my first warmup, strain free, with a healthy resonance and bright pleasant tone. This creates ‘autopilot’ in my technique so that next time I sing, it’s a super quick process to warm up, and my voice instinctively knows how to perform.
I’ve put together a short video on warming down below:
On a side note, singing a gritty song like Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage” should be super easy and strain free – just like I showed you in the video above! Good singing technique, healthy support, and bright and well placed resonance and of course – no strain or tension. If you’d like to develop a healthy warmup and warmdown routine, OR you’d like to work on a heavy song like Rusty Cage, you can book a session with me now!
Feel free to leave any questions or feedback below!
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.