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Warming up the voice before singing is very important. This exercise has been around forever. I used to do it riding my tricycle around pretending it had a motor. I don't recommend the fingers at the side of the mouth because I think the mouth should be more relaxed (not to mention losing control of your trike). Watch this, giggle a bit and then try it. Ahh, that feels better.
The good news is that the sound is kept more to the front and not back in the throat which is bad sound, technique and can cause damage over time.
However, it is an amazing warm up. It makes me smile every time. I always tell that story and we have a grand time getting our voices in the right spot. Someday, if I can keep from giggling like a fool, I will made a video. In the mean time, enjoy this one.