Singing Exercises & Scales
- Stand with your shoulders relaxed, arms by your side.
- Breath in slowly.
- Start with the Scales singing Ooh, Eee, Aa, Aah to each scale.
- Sing one note, holding the note for as long as you can without becoming short of breath.
- Do NOT suck in your stomach!
- Repeat the exercise with different notes using doh, ray, me, far, so, la, te, doh.
- Use different mouth shapes like "ooh", "ee", "a" and "aah" - Practice to OEAAH.
- Try singing up and down a scale (called an arpeggio). Practice to each of the scales listed below.
- Sing short notes (known as Staccato) as well as long ones - Practice to Staccato.
- Record your efforts, notice the notes that do not sound right and concentrate on those until they do!
- Listen to the difference in your recordings over the next few weeks practice sessions to hear the improvement in your voice.
Practice each scale using one shape at a time i.e., Ooh - then repeat with Ee, Aa, Aah.
A Scale - 3 Octaves of the A scale.
A#/Bb Scale - 3 Octaves.
B Scale - 3 Octaves of the B scale.
C Scale - 3 Octaves of the C scale.
C#/Db Scale - 3 Octaves.
D Scale - 3 Octaves of the D scale.
D#/Eb Scale - 3 Octaves.
E Scale - 3 Octaves.
F Scale - 3 Octaves.
F#/Gb Scale - 3 Octaves.
G Scale - 3 Octaves.
Ohh, Ee, Aa, Aah - 1 Octave split into 2 bars of each note including sharps/flats - sing the whole section with all the shapes starting with Ooh for 2 beats, then Ee, Aa, Aah for 2 beats each which will complete the 2 bar section, continue through the whole exercise.
Staccato - 1 Octave split into 2 bars of each note including sharps/flats - begin with one shape i.e., Aah and sing all the way through then repeat with each shape.
Practice all of the above with various mouth shapes & sounds and take note of how your voice sounds with each, the position of your tongue and the feeling it creates in your body. Watch yourself in a mirror and ensure that you remain relaxed whilst you practice - do not tense your neck, shoulder or throat muscles during these exercises.
Practice these every day if possible - Once a week is the minimum you need to exercise your vocal scales but we recommend you use a daily routine which includes breathing exercises and relaxation - this can be achieved in an hour so theres no excuse!
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