Vocal Warm-ups

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Vocalises are vocal exercises for strength, endurance, and range improvement.

Ear training, melodic and harmonic exercises, are in Musical Ears.

MHT stands for Modern Harmonic Technique.  It is an approach to music theory from the perspective of a singer-songwriter.  MH2 is more advanced and dives way deeper down the rabbit hole of music theory.

This site is free.  This may be the closest thing you will find to free singing lessons online.  There is much more to singing and songwriting but this is a great place to start.

Vocal Warm-ups to get ready to sing

INSTRUCTIONS:  Warm up with a method which lowers air pressure from your lungs.  There are several!  Some are: lip rolls (also called lip trills), tongue trills (like a Spanish ‘R’), and a phonated ‘Z’, as in the word zebra.  You can warm up your voice by starting on a comfortable pitch and slide up and down.  You can also follow along with a recording of note patterns.  Warm up your voice until it feels easy to use.  Some days, it will take five minutes or so and other days, it may take up to twenty minutes.  So, you must repeat these until you are warmed up. If you use the warmups below, stop short of any strain or pain.  In singing “pain equals no gain”.  Pain means irritation or injury.  Do not sing so high or so loudly as to cause pain!   If it gets too high, STOP!   I have six patterns that I use.  Here are a couple:

Warmups for Sopranos, Mezzo Sopranos,  Altos

Warmups for Tenors, Baritones, Basses

Read the instructions above before doing the following warmups:

There is one little extra thing that I add to these, explained in private lessons, which will make them even more effective.

Physician Reviewed Document:

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR VOICE

Sketches of Your Vocal Instrument:

Larynx – top view diagram of muscles and cartilages

Larynx – front view – click to view 

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR VOICE

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Vocalises

Information Regarding Singing:

Practice Procedure

Stable Larynx

Anatomy of Singing

Vowel Alterations

Vocal Evaluation

Breathing Exercises

WARNING! 

Some of the exercises below are very advanced.  Do not do them if you are not at that level of training.  You can cause vocal fatigue, strain, or injury if you do them incorrectly or for too long a time.  If you get hoarse or feel pain, STOP.   Pain does not equal gain.  Pain during sing is a warning sign.  If it hurts, it is wrong.

Vocalises

Extended Arpeggio Sopranos, Mezzo Sopranos, Altos

Extended Arpeggio Tenors, Baritones, Basses

m-m-m-m-ee-ee-ee-ee Sopranos, Mezzo Sopranos, Altos

m-m-m-m-ee-ee-ee-ee Tenors, Baritones, Basses

oo – Sopranos, Mezzo Sopranos, Altos

oo – Tenors, Baritones, Basses

oo-oh-ah – Tenors, Baritones, Basses

we – we – we (oui,oui,oui) – Sopranos, Mezzo Sopranos, Altos

we – we – we (oui,oui,oui) – Tenors, Baritones, Basses

Velocity Exercises (Sing down an octave, if necessary)

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Musical Ears

WARNING!

Some of these exercises are very advanced.  Do not do them if you are not at the level.  You can cause vocal fatigue, strain, or injury if you do them incorrectly or for too long a time.  If you get hoarse or feel pain, STOP.   Pain does not equal gain.  Pain when you sing should be regarded as a warning sign.

Tetrachord Exercise Soprano or Tenor

Tetrachord Exercise Alto or Tenor

Tetrachord Exercise Low Baritone or  Low Tenor

Modes In C Major (Soprano)

Modes in A Major (Alto)

Modes in C Major (Tenor or Baritone)

Tetrachords on Manuscript:

Tetra Chords

C Modes on Manuscript

C Major Modes

Interval Practice:

Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Alto – Advanced Intervals

Tenor, Baritone, Bass – Advanced Intervals

Songs for interval practice

IntervalExerc0

IntervalExer1 IntervalExer2 IntervalExer6 IntervalExer3

Can YOU sight-sing?

Can you look at music and sing what you see?  If you cannot, here is a wonderful resource for you to learn and to practice sight singing (right click and save as, to download it) :

Sight-Singing Book

Scales in Circle of Fifths

Major Scales

Advancing

Arpeggiated Chords – Tenor, Baritone, Bass

Top Down Major and Minor Chords – Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Bass

Scales And Modes

 

For the first 5 or 10 times, listen to Harmonic Ear Training below.  There is a long pause for a reason, to rest your ears.  Rest as needed.  Part 2 will be interactive.  This is for singers, not for music theorists.

HARMONIC EAR TRAINING PART 1

 

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