singing warm up exercises

Video: 4 Effective Vocal Warm-Ups to Try When You’re Sick

Feeling a cold coming on, or dealing with allergies? Below, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares a few singing warm-up exercises to add to your practice session!


No one likes to sing when they’re sick, but — as we all know — sometimes “the show must go on!” It is recommended that you rest, take care of your voice, or even go on vocal rest if you have lost your voice completely. However, if you are dealing with seasonal allergies or a common cold, I have good news! It is still healthy to sing over these inconveniences, and I am here to show you how with these singing warm-up exercises!

With these exercises in mind, it’s important when you’re sick to warm up for no more than 15 minutes at a time. You don’t want to overuse your voice. Also, remember to hydrate yourself with water, tea, and apple cider vinegar, massage your glands, and also to try a hot shower to loosen up that mucus.

Doing these singing warm-up exercises will surely help you sing over your cold or allergies! Also, don’t be afraid to ask your voice teacher for additional suggestions — that’s what your teacher is there for!

LizTLiz T. teaches singing, acting, and music lessons in Brooklyn, NY, as well as online. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M in Vocal performance and currently performs/teaches all styles of music including Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Country. Learn more about Liz here!



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