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vocal exercisesExercise Your Singing Voice for Effect

It’s a known fact that vocal exercises are determined by the demand put on voice control on account of the material being used for the performance rehearsal.

A given piece or one selected by you will determine the type of skills needed to perform it.

For example, if the song requires you to reach the highest levels of your voice range, vocal training exercises chosen will specifically address the issue.

If you’re rehearsing a piece that calls for your extreme range, you will choose exercises geared toward that. If fast runs or trills have to be considered, flexibility exercises will be taken up.

To sustain notes, focus would have to be on controlling and supporting your breath. Several vocal exercises have been listed, depending on the purpose.

Low Range Exercises for Vocals

These exercises are suitable for a bass or alto singer. It would also suit a tenor or soprano singer singing a portion of the piece at a voice range lower than the customary one.

Use The Descending Octave Slides

Begin at the middle range on a pitch you are comfortable with. Use the buzz, which is also known as the lip roll or bubble lips, to slide down the scale by one octave lower than your starting position.

The slide should be in half steps. Various syllables or sounds of vowels can be used like “vee,” “oo,” voh,” or “ah.”

Positioning Yourself For The Fifth Slide

The syllable “vaw” or buzz can be used to position yourself at a comfortable pitch and then move down a fifth (so-do). It has to be done in half steps.

A third tone is then added. Then go back to the pitch you were initially at (so-do-so). You have to move down again in half steps. Eventually, reverse the process (so-so-do).

High Range Exercises For Vocals

Tenors and sopranos will find these vocal exercises useful. Basses and altos will also find it useful with the intention of working on their higher vocal range.

Practicing Up And Down Arpeggios

These are incomplete up and down harmonies or chords like do-mi-so-do-so-mi-do. While repeating these chords, you move upward in half steps. Use the buzz or your favorite syllable or vowel sound while doing it.

Downward Octave And Upward Arpeggio With Turn

It includes a different way of implementation than the earlier vocal training online exercise. The upward arpeggio is sung in do-mi-so-do. A turn follows like the ti-do-re. Lastly, a descending octave is scale in eight tones from do to do is adapted.

Vowel sounds are used; begin with “ee” a few times followed by “oo” a few times, and lastly “ah” a few times. Begin every arpeggio a half step higher than the earlier step. The patern shows you how.

oo—————————————– etc.

Performing Upward Arpeggio With A Repeated High Note

This is just another way of doing the arpeggio. It helps when you have to sustain a light tone specifically at higher notes. Sing the upward arpeggio with the help of the syllable “ha.” Start with do-mi-so-do. Then repeat the staccato and high do five to six times. The pattern shows you how.

Flexibility Exercises For Vocals

Adapting The Ascending Triplet Scale – Follow the notes given below to turn this complex exercise into a simple and well-explained exercise.

Triplet Ascending Scale

Difficult to explain, the exercise becomes simpler by reading the notes given below. Solfeggio syllables such as do, re, mi, etc., are to be used as you start singing each syllable in the upward scale using an eighth-note triplet.

Reverse the position singing each triplet as you move around words from the top of your scale. Perform the given exercise at great speed
do re mi fa so la ti do ti la so fa mi re do

Using Descending And Ascending Thirdssinging success

It is always better to sing than to explain it in words. The process begins at the base note. You’d then move down a third until you reach the fifth tone.

The process is reversed as you move down a third.

Express what it means. Initiate the process at the base note, move up a third, and continue until the fifth tone is reached. Reverse the process, moving down a third, step up a half step, step down a third, step up a whole set, and so on. Ensure that you sing it as quickly as possible.

Using A Five-Note Scale For Rapid Repeated Up And Downs

It is a simple process that involves moving upwards and downwards using a five-tone scale. It would be do-re-mi-fa-so-fa-mi-re-do with repetitions.

Breath Control And Support Exercises For Vocals

Using Buzz-Slides – To improve breath support, perform the buzz exercise.

Begin at the mid-range tone. Then slide down a fifth, i.e., so-do. Repetitions follow, each time increasing half a step. The descending triad is then buzzed in between tones, i.e., so-mi-do. The process is repeated many times, each time moving downwards half a step.

Eventually, a five-tone descending scale is buzzed like so-fa-mi-re-do.

Messa di voce – Vocal exercises conducted at a comfortable mid-range pitch using the sound “ah.” Start play down softly, work yourself up to sing louder gradually, and finally sustain a softer pitch.





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Video 1- “Opening Up The Voice”

Welcome – 00:00

I’ve been so busy, but FINALLY I’ve managed to produce an updated online warmup. Learn how to get the most of it by watching the “Welcome” section.

Introduction – 2:46 “Body Warmup”

By learning to wake up the proper torso muscles, neck/throat tension can be greatly reduced. Learn more about the benefits in this section.

Coordination & Conditioning – 4:13 “Releasing/Awakening The Power Muscles”

Coordination and Conditioning are one and the same for this lesson. Simply follow along with me, performing each action as I explain it.

My suggestions:

1) Do this (Yes, all 4 parts) EVERY day. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of some of the exercises; each one is IMPORTANT 😀

2) For your first week, watch both the Coordination and Conditioning sections of each video, to ensure proper form. You’ll get much more benefit from 5 minutes of quality practice than you would from 30 minutes of unfocused practice.


Use these vocal exercises and practice daily if you really want to learn how to sing better. And, remember to have fun when you sing!

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