Singing Exercises and Scales

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A useful collection of singing lessons and scales for vocal warm up and practice sessions.

  • 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 there is no excuse!

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