9 Simple Singing Exercises To Warm Up Your Voice

Try out these simple singing exercises to warm up your voiceWhen you enjoy singing – as an amateur or professional – you’ll find regular practice, including singing exercises, really pays dividends. Your technique and voice quality will improve and you won’t be putting undue strain on your body.

When you start a practice session it’s important to have your outcome in mind. So first look through the songs you want to work on to see what vocal skills are needed for each one. Then you’ll be able to do the right singing exercises to help with those skills.

For example, you may need to use vocal warm up exercises first to get things going. Then, try some exercises that help your voice at the upper end of its range or you could try some singing exercises to help with the vocal flexibility you’ll need to tackle songs which have a lot of trills performed at high speed.

Here are some ideas for suitable singing exercises for a range of situations. If you are following an online singing program or having lessons with a professional singing tutor, these can also be sources of ideas.

Low Range Singing Exercises

Intended for people who sing bass or alto parts but also useful if you sing tenor or soprano. You may sometimes tackle songs that are outside the bottom of your normal range, so some singing exercises that improve range can come in really handy.

Descending Octave Slides

  • Choose a pitch in the middle of your range
  • Use the vocal buzz (exhaling between pursed lips, making a “raspberry” sound), descend the scale to one octave from your chosen starting pitch, using half steps
  • As well as doing this on a “buzz”, try it with vowel sounds and then syllables such as “ah”, “oo”, “vee” or “voh”

The Fifth Slide

  • Beginning with your chosen pitch from mid range, either use the “buzz” or “vaw”, slide down a fifth (which is so – doh), by half steps
  • Return to the starting pitch by adding another tone (so-doh-so)
  • Move down in half steps again
  • Then try this in reverse (doh-so-doh)

 

High Range Singing Exercises

These singing exercises are particularly for tenor and soprano voices but people who sing bass or alto will find them useful, especially if they are working on songs that are higher than their normal vocal range.

Up and Down Arpeggios

This exercise can be described as a ‘broken chord’ as you should sing the sequence doh-mi-so-doh-so-mi-doh. Keep repeating this but moving up half a step at each repeat. You can choose whether to use the “buzz”, a vowel sound or a syllable (try each one for variety within your practice session).

Once you’ve mastered this, there’s another version which is slightly more complicated: sing an arpeggio upwards, then an octave downwards, and also include a turn. Here’s how it goes:

  • Begin by singing an upward arpeggio (doh-mi-so-doh)
  • Then perform a turn (i.e. ti-doh-re)
  • Now sing down the octave from doh to doh

Again, introduce some variety by singing vowel sounds, for example “oo”, “ee” and “ah”. Always make sure the arpeggio at the beginning of each sequence starts at half a step higher than the previous one.

Upward Arpeggio with a Repeated High Note

This will help you sing high notes with a light tone.

  • Sing an upward arpeggio on the syllable “ha”
  • When you reach top “doh”, repeat it five or six times in a staccato manner.

Flexibility Exercises

Triplet Scale (Ascending)

For this, use solfege syllables (doh, re, mi, etc) and sing upwards on an eighth note triplet which starts from each of these syllables. At the top, sing each triplet downwards. Sing this exercise as quickly as possible.

Ascending & Descending Thirds

Singorama comes in many different formatsSing as quickly as you can:

  • Base note
  • Up by a third
  • Down by a whole step
  • Up by another third
  • Continue till you get to the fifth tone
  • Go down a third
  • Up by a whole step and so on

Five Tone Scale

As quickly as you can, sing repeats of a five tone scale (doh-re-mi-fa-so-fa-mi-re-doh)

Exercises to Help Breath Support & Control

Breathing exercises for singing are always useful to keep up with.

Buzz Slides

  • Pick a tone from your mid range
  • Slide down one fifth: so-doh
  • Repeat using half steps
  • Now use the buzz for so-mi-doh as you slide from one tone to another
  • Repeat using half steps
  • Now buzz a descending five tone scale starting on “so”

Messa Di Voce

Sing “ah” at a pitch in your mid range. Hold the note and gradually increase then decrease volume.

Some of these singing exercises may seem complicated, but with advice from an experienced friend or a singing tutor, as well as regular practice, you’ll hear the benefits in your own singing in no time.

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