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 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! YOUR VOICE – if you cannot reach a note do not attempt to push your voice or you may damage your vocal chords.