Practical Tips for Worship Vocalists You Can Start Using This Week!
I’m a worship leader that leads from the acoustic guitar. There are a few things I do every single week when I lead worship as a guitar player, as second nature. For example, I always tune my guitar right before the service starts. I make sure that the strap is on the guitar and the cable that goes from my guitar to the direct box is plugged in completely on both ends. I also make sure I have at least 3 picks handy when I lead, in case I drop one...or two. These are things I’ve just gotten used to doing as a guitar player.
As vocalists, it’s sometimes easy to forget that our voice is an instrument. All musicians know that we need to take good care of our instrument. However, as a vocalist, I find it harder to think that way about my voice...maybe it’s just me.
It’s easy to forget the importance of taking care of our voice. This includes drinking plenty of water before, during, and after a worship service. This also means taking the time to warmup your voice. Here is what I’ve been doing lately:
I get in my car around 6am on Sunday mornings (I’m NOT a morning person, so this is proof that miracles still happen!), so my voice is still not awake. I have about a 20-25 minute drive to church. So, I hookup my iPad to my car and open up Spotify. I have a couple of playlists that I use to do vocal warmup exercises. Here are two that I’ve been using lately, depending on my mood:
The great thing about these is that they are available on Spotify, so I can access them from my phone, my iPad, or my laptop. Since I have a premium account, I can make these playlists available offline.
I’ve seen a HUGE difference when I lead on Sundays since I started doing these warmups! I can feel the difference when I sing! I have more control over my voice when I lead, my voice doesn’t get tired as fast, and I can hit the higher notes more comfortably. My favorite exercise is the lip flutters, or as I like to call them, lip rolls.
This is also another warmup album I recently found. I haven't tried them yet, but it's a female vocal coach, so it may be more suitable if you're a female singer.
Here’s one last practical tip. Try Vocalzones. These are “throat pastilles” made and shipped from the UK. They help clear and refresh your throat. I've found them very helpful. You can order them online at Vocalzone.com (and no, they didn’t pay me to promote them : )
What things do YOU do as a vocalist to prepare for worship service? Share in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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