I think as worship leaders there is even more onus on us to put our best voice forward. Not only for us, as the vocalist, but for every listener under the sound of our voice. Why? Because no one wants to hear messed up vocals, especially when trying to concentrate on worshipping.
Let's be honest. Its distracting!
So, whenever preparing for sunday service, I really do think we should come prepared to put our best vocals forward. So, how do we do that? By adopting a simple warm up that works for your voice..
In the following article (click link), The American Academy of Otolaryngology explains why it is important to warm up and how it helps with the intensive activity of singing, along with 8 warm up exercises that work. (The following link will take you the AAO webpage.)
In my article "10 Early Warning Signs..." I explained the early warning signs of vocal damage.
This article explains how to easily prevent vocal damage.
3 John 1:2 “My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health—as I know you are well in spirit.”
Vocal damage can creep up on you unawares, especially if you are not in tune with your voice and it's natural abilities. In all the belting, runs, riffs, distortion and high notes, you may not have noticed that your vocals are subtly changing, ie tone has changed or range has dropped.
We are inspired by the Bible where it says:
There are a number of reasons why you might, as a worship leader, decide to take vocal lessons. If you are thinking about taking lessons but not sure if it is worth the investment of your time and money, here are 16 benefits of singing lessons. In no particular order lessons....
So Christmas is a few days away and worship leaders are gearing up for extra church services that always occur this time of the year. My church has an extra 3 services PLUS 3 carol singing sessions. For many churches there can be DOUBLE that depending how big the church is.
So I've been thinking about the best items I need to have to hand to get through the next 2 weeks.
The items need to be:
- handy and be able to fit in my pocket or handbag.
- accessible and does not need any technical expertise; simple to use and store
With these pre-requisites in mind these are the 7 items in my Christmas Vocal Toolkit
Dionne is a professional Vocal Coach and Worship Leader and has been tutoring
Voice In Ministry