How to Warm Up Your Voice with a Mum Exercise

Learn how to warm up your voice by singing "mum" from vocal coach Cari Cole in this third video of a four-part Howcast series.

Hi I’m Cari Cole. I’m a celebrity vocal coach and artist development expert. And I help artist find their voice, craft their music, and create successful music careers. I’ve worked with Donald Fagen from Steely Dan, Courtney Love from Hole, I’ve worked with the band Journey. I’m going to teach you how to be a better singer and performer. So I’m going to teach you another warm-up. This exercise is really designed to help with the break area so that you don’t sing sky when you go into head voice and bumpy when you go into that transition. We’re gonna use an A vowel and an A vowel keeps the larynx in a little bit of a deeper position, the larynx being the vocal muscles. So right here in the voice box if you put your finger on the top of your adam’s apple or your thyroid cartilage and swallow, you feel it move up. Now take a yawn, you feel it move down. So when the larynx stays in a deeper position we can control the voice better. So we’re gonna sing "Mum mum mum mum mum" The M also helps us bring the resonance to the lips and out of the throat. Very important. Here we go. "Mum mum mum mum mum. Mum mum mum mum mum. Gonna go a little faster Mum mum mum mum mum. Mum mum mum mum. Mum mum mum mum mum. Mum mum mum mum mum mum. Mum mum mum mum mum mum. Mum mum mum mum mum mum. Mum mum mum mum mum mum. Mum mum mum mum mum mum. Mum mum mum mum mum mum. This exercise will help you control the change between the chest and head voice.