5 Minute Vocal Reset by Dane Chalfin

Updated: Jul 9, 2018


Sore, tired, fatigued voices can benefit from simple vocal stretching, breathing and SOVT exercises to get back to neutral.
5 Minute Vocal Reset

Is your voice feeling tired, sore, achy or fatigued?


Do you find your voice gets worse throughout the day?


Do you want a quick, effective routine to get your voice back to neutral?


A 5 Minute Vocal Reset might be exactly what you need. All voicing is muscular. Getting your voice muscles back to neutral after use is key to longterm vocal health. A vocal reset can be used numerous times per day depending on how heavy your daily vocal load is.



Head, neck and throat exercises for singers and performers with tired voices who want to reset their vocal tracts with quick exercises.
Stretch and Release


Step One: Stretch and Release - 2 minutes


Exercise 1: Shoulder Clocks

  1. Imagine you have a giant clock face on both sides of your shoulders.

  2. Take the shoulders up to 12 o’clock.  Breathe.

  3. Take the shoulders all the way forward to 9 o’clock. Breathe.

  4. Take the shoulders all the way down to 6 o’clock. (Still breathing.)

  5. Then take the shoulders all the way back to 3 o’clock.

  6. Now start at 12 and move one hour at a time (12, 1, 2, 3, etc.)

  7. Now go anti-clockwise the same way.

  8. Repeat this twice in each direction making sure to move all the way through whole clock face.

Exercise 2: Head/Neck Rolls

  1. Drop the head so the chin is touching the chest or as close as possible.  Let gravity have the weight of the head.

  2. Slowly and smoothly drag the chin from the center of the chest up towards the left shoulder.  Only take it as far as you can, keeping the chin touching the chest.  Hold for 15 seconds and keep breathing!

  3. Slowly and smoothly drag the chin back to the center of the chest.

  4. Repeat on the other side.

  5. Do this twice on each side.

Exercise 3: Head Tilt

  1. Keeping the head facing forward drop your ear down towards your shoulder.  

  2. Relax the jaw and let gravity have the weight of the head.

  3. Stay in this position for 15 seconds and breathe.  

  4. Repeat on the other side.

  5. Do this twice on each side. 

Exercise 4: Jaw Massage

  1. Place your fingers just under the cheekbones back towards the ears.

  2. Press into the muscle and drag the fingers down and back towards the back of the jaw.

  3. Repeat 10 times.

  4. Be careful not to push the head forward or tense the neck. 

Exercise 5: Tongue Massage

  1. Grab your chin placing your thumbs into the fleshy part under the jaw.

  2. Massage the fleshy muscular area under your chin with the thumbs for 30 seconds.

  3. Be careful not to push the head forward or tense the neck. 

Exercise 6: Teeth Washing

  1. Give your teeth a good scrub with your tongue.

  2. Start with the upper teeth and go around clockwise five times.

  3. Now repeat anticlockwise five times.

  4. Move to the bottom teeth and repeat the previous steps.

  5. The back of your tongue may ache a little in this exercise. Reduce the repetitions if it gets too unpleasant.

Exercise 7: Chew and Yawn