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Vocal Exercise for Singing Practice - 10 Exercises Explained

Vocal Exercise – Singing Practice
The objective of this page is to help you identify the best vocal exercise or multiple exercises for your singing practice. Below are TEN Recommendations… The first place to start is by looking at the songs you’re currently singing and the particular skills each one requires. This way you can quickly identify which vocal exercises your really need to focus on during practice. For example, if a current song requires the far extremes of your vocal range then there are exercises specifically for that. Or, maybe you are rehearsing something that has lots of sustained notes in it so breath support and control exercises would be worth doing. How about trills and really fast runs? This would mean doing some exercises on flexibility.

Vocal Exercise
For Breath Support and Control 1) The Buzz Slide (or Motorboat Exercise) This is one of the best drills for loosening up your lips, jaw and vocal cords. Its also good for working on breath support. It is also commonly known as the Motorboat Exercise due the sound produced by your lips! Exhale through your puckered lips to create a vibration sound, kind of like a motor. You can put a finger on each cheek and relax your lips to help you get a good buzz going. Start in a comfortable mid-range tone and slide down a fifth: so-do. Do this a few times, descending by half-steps. After that, buzz the descending triad: so-mi-do, and be sure to slide between tones. Repeat this a few times, descending by half-steps. To finish up, try buzzing a fivetone descending scale: so-fa-mi-re-do. Check out this video example of the buzz or motorboat vocal exercise.


The technique involves a gradual crescendo and decrescendo while sustaining a single pitch. and a few with “ah”.vocalsingingtips. Gradually get louder and then without stopping reverse it to get softer again. Sing the upward arpeggio (domi-so-do). Do the exercise with vowel sounds: sing a few with “ee”. First. 3) Arpeggios Up and Down (do-mi-so-do-so-mi-do) Sing simple broken chords up and down using your preferred syllable. 4) Upward Arpeggio. shift up by half-steps. Each time you repeat it. very softly sing “ah” in a comfortable mid-range pitch. a few with “oo”. a Turn and Downward Octave This builds on the exercise above and is a little more complicated. as illustrated here. www.10 Exercises Explained 2) Messa di voce Messa di voce means “placing the voice” in Italian.10/25/13 Vocal Exercise for Singing Practice . buzz or vowel sound. and then finish with an 8-tone descending octave scale from do to do. ==> Download Free “Become a Better Singer” Book Now <== For High Singing Range Excellent training for sopranos and tenors but altos and basses will also find them 2/4 . Begin each new cycle a half-step higher than the previous. follow it with a turn (ti-do-re).

Next. Repeat the high do (in staccato) five or six times as shown below. To end 3/4 . Go down a fifth (so-do). just read the solfege syllables (do. moving in half-steps. move down by half-steps.vocalsingingtips. ah and oo. mi etc) and you’ll get the idea. For Flexibility 8. Once more. Use the vocal buzz technique (some call it the lip roll or even bubble lips) and move in half steps down one octave. For Low Singing Range Excellent training for altos and basses but sopranos and tenors will also find them useful.10/25/13 Vocal Exercise for Singing Practice . add a third tone back up to the starting pitch (so-do-so). www. 7) The Fifth slide Starting from a comfortable pitch in your mid-range.10 Exercises Explained 5) Repeated High Note Upward Arpeggio This arpeggio variation is really helpful for keeping a lighter tone on your high notes. 6) Descending octave slides Find the most comfortable pitch in your mid-range and start there. Ascending triplet scale Read the notes below and this exercise won’t seem so complicated. Upon reaching the top of the scale. reverse it (do-so-do). vee. Sing an eighth-note triplet upward starting on each syllable. When you get comfortable with it. Sing an upward arpeggio (do-mi-so-do) using the syllable “ha”. reverse and sing each triplet downwards. re. Try doing this with different sounds as well like voo. use the buzz technique or the syllable vaw. And if you can’t read music. try speeding up until you can sing it as quickly as you can.

Be sure to do at least one vocal exercise as part of each singing 4/4 . go up a third. repeating over and over. When you start getting better at this exercise. do a few and you’ll be sure to notice a big difference in your vocal skills. turn around and go back down a third. etc until you get to the fifth tone. up a half step. After that. up a whole step and so on. 10) The Repeated Up and Down Five Note scale – Rapid Here’s an easy but effective one for you. Begin on the base note. Best of luck! www. down a third.vocalsingingtips. down a whole step. try singing it as fast as you can.10 Exercises Explained 9) Ascending and descending thirds Again this exercise is easier to sing than it is to explain in words. up another third. Better still.10/25/13 Vocal Exercise for Singing Practice . Go up and down a five tone scale (do-re-mi-fa-so-fa-mire-do).