VOCAL EXERCISES don't have to be boring or tedious...but they are necessary if you are going to sing at your best!
With the MY VOCAL WARMUPs Singing Exercise Software, singing practice becomes both FUN and EASY. Whether you are a professional singer or just getting started, this vocal warm up exercise system will help you sing better.
Classic vocal exercises and scales are included, along with some advanced modal scales, for those serious classical singers and jazz scatters out there ; but now you also have options to systematically train your voice with fun melodies you already KNOW & LOVE.
SINGING FACT: For the fastest progress and development of good singing habits it is important for the singer to hear the note they are going to sing in their head before actually vocalizing.
So, in addition to the "classics" we included vocal exercises based on familiar SING ALONG SONGS and favorite CHRISTMAS CAROLS. These fun little ditties contain the same intervals and strengthen your singing skills just like "classic singing exercises." Except that....you end up having FUN, which helps you practice LONGER, which makes you a BETTER SINGER!
PLUS, The design of this SINGING EXERCISE SYSTEM is one you will never outgrow, no matter how your range or level changes. Easily adjust the VOCAL OCTAVE, SINGING RANGE and MUSICAL TEMPO with each vocal warm up exercise, every single time!
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Practicing vocal warmups and exercises will help you develop the individual skills needed to sing at your best. There are many different mechanics involved in creating your best voice, and learning to balance them to perfection is an artform in itself. Singing exercise melodies over and over while increasing or decreasing by a half step helps you achieve strength, dexterity and stamina, along with developing that important muscle memory with regard to pitch and placement (learning to place the tone in the proper resonating cavity).
How much should you practice? Well…how good do you want to be? High school athletes practice for hours every day to win a game...how much time do you think you should put in to win a grammy? And while we are on the subject of sports metaphors. Think about how athletes practice individual skills over and over (quarterback throwing a pass, baseball pitchers throwing their fast ball, gymnasts doing a back handspring, golfers achieving the perfect swing, basketball players doing a lay-up....need I say more?), before they put these skills to work in a play or routine, and then all together into the big game/competition. Your performance piece is the "big game." Practice YOUR skills with the MyVocalWarmups Jukebox (your "playbook") and watch how your game improves.
In order to get the most out of your vocal warmups and singing exercises, it is important to focus on productive practice techniques. Some suggestions are provided below. If you do not understand terminology or suggestions made, you can find detailed and easy to understand information about vocal mechanics in the Singing Is Easy vocal education curriculum.
- Check your body. Stress and tension will interfere with your progress. Stretch, meditate, or whatever you need to do to try to eliminate this vocal barricade. Any energy that continues to be directed to facilitate the stress and tension, is energy stolen from your vocal tone.
- Take some deep breaths, engaging your diaphragm. As you exhale, concentrate on making an airflow river through an imaginary straw, concentrated and uninterrupted. Use the snake, “SSSS” sound to make sure your flow is steady.
- If the vocal warmup or singing exercise is new to you, LISTEN FIRST. Trying to sing a vocal melody without already knowing what you will sing is a recipe for disaster, like driving blindfolded. LISTEN to the exercise and LEARN the melody line while THINKING it in your head, NOT singing. Trying to sing the melody before taking this step will only develop bad habits and muscle memories that might not be the best choices. Bad habits are much harder to break than the process needed to develop good ones. So...take a second and listen. Think the pitches in your mind. When you can consistently anticipate where the melody is going next it is time to move on.
While you are listening, think about where you are going to breathe. See yourself singing the exercise. Do you have enough capacity to sing the entire exercise without taking a breath? Fantastic! However, unless you are working specifically to achieve more breath capacity, it is better to sing the melody well and not strain as you run out of breath.
Decide where you are going to breathe and take a breath in that location consistently throughout the exercise (random breaths are not your best choice). Not sure where to breathe? Breathing when you sing is much like breathing when you speak...where a comma or other punctuation would occur.
- Next let’s make sure all the muscles necessary to create the tone are awake and ready to work. Do the exercise on a lip trill or motorboat sound. This requires a constant stream of air, support from the diaphragm and relaxed muscles in the face in jaw. It will also inhibit the throat muscles from being involved in a forceful way (you should actually feel very little in your throat when singing). Creating this sound should be easy…if it is not, then your very basic mechanics (such as breathing and diaphragm support) are out of balance and you will not be able to sing up to your potential.
- Hum the exercise. Make sure each note of your hum is connected like a river, not separated with every pitch (or breaking between notes). You should feel a buzzing tickling sensation on the FRONT of your face. If you do not feel the buzzing, it means your tone placement is too far back (in the back of your mouth). Try lifting your diaphragm and experiment with your airflow (make the flow bigger/smaller, faster/slower) and pucker your lips until you feel the tone placement move forward and a consistent buzzing sensation. Sometimes raising the eyebrows and cheekbones will help you move the tone forward. Please note you will feel a stronger buzzing sensation on your lower notes than your higher notes simply because of the soft and hard tissue make up of your body.
Be careful on your lower notes. Tone placement will tend to slip to your throat base ("gravel pit") and the resonance in your chest will increase. It feels cool but not your best choice. Stay out of the gravel pit and balance your tone placement and resonance. Do NOT push for volume in this range as it is especially easy to damage your voice here. Airflow on low notes needs to be slow and steady; pushing from the throat only results in strained throat muscles, swollen vocal cords and an ugly strained tone.
NOTE: Humming should be easy to do. If you are struggling, your most basic vocal mechanics (such as breathing and diaphragm support) are out of balance.
- Now sing the exercise on one these vowels – EE, EH, AH, OH, OO. Start with the vowel that feels the easiest. Remember, the exercise should feel exactly like your motorboat and your hum, except you are opening your lips, which will change the shape of your mouth. Once you figure out which is your easiest vowel (usually EE or AH), stick with that vowel until you are convinced the execution is consistent.
Try to keep the back of the mouth consistently shaped. Taller (rather than wider) with rounded sides usually results in the warmest, purest sound. This shape of the mouth is often referred to as "Apple Ah" because it is similar in shape to what naturally occurs to the back of the mouth when you bite into an apple. Others prefer to liken the shape to what occurs when you yawn.
NOTE: Keep it easy. Pushing and volume are the enemy, they only create stress in the throat region and will keep you from singing your best tone. Relax, keep it connected and create the tone easily, lightly at first. Remember to approach the higher notes as if you were placing them from above, not pushing your head through a ceiling. If you are reaching your chin and your neck up, you are probably pushing from the throat. Try keeping your chin tilted slightly downward (not enough to crush the larynx) , lift your diaphragm and allow the higher pitches to resonate inside your head. Relax your jaw and don't try to force them there, allow them to float there.
Remember - it is more important at this point to have a good QUALITY to your tone, NOT QUANTITY (volume). Volume will build as you become more comfortable with singing and increase your full body involvement. Until then remember that a good tone at any volume can be amplified and sound good. A pushed, strained, loud tone doesn't sound good...ever.
- Practice the exercise on the other vowels until they feel as easy as the first. For many, each of these vowels (EE, EH, AH, OH and OO) have a natural tendency to move backwards in your mouth: EE tends to naturally fall in the front, OO tends to naturally fall in the back. Try keeping all of vowels in the front consistently; meaning any changes that need to be made to the mouth to accomplish the vowel, should be made to the front of the mouth...NOT the back. Try to keep the back of the mouth in a consistent "Apple Ah" position. It may seem difficult at first, but once your muscles learn the new memory (which you are programming in through monitored repetition), it will become something you easily do without constant thought.
- Practice the exercise using the sol feggio syllables (syllables provided for you in the MyVocalWarmups.com system). Using the different syllables might trick you into make unnecessary changes to the shape of your mouth, and consequently throwing your instrument out of balance. As discussed above, try to limit that change as much as possible and focus more on making changes only with your articulators (lips, teeth and tip of the tongue). Remember, it should feel the same as your motorboat and hum, except for adding the articulation required. If it begins to feel hard for you, go back to the motorboat and figure out what you are doing to making singing the syllables different. The ONLY change should be your articulators. You may want to try starting a note on a motorboat or hum and opening up to your vowel.
These tips concentrate on basic vocal mechanics. Understanding your vocal machine and how to fine-tune the balance of the tools at your disposal, is when singing any style, any range, becomes easy. Also, when faced with a challenging piece of music you understand how to pick it apart and train your voice to rise to the occasion. If you really do want to be the best singer you can be, we recommend studying the best selling vocal mechanics self-help curriculum, Singing Is Easy. If you are not a born natural and need some help reaching your singing potential, knowledge is power.