Scales and Vocal Exercises

Scales and vocal exercises

Singing exercises will improve the strength, flexibility and stamina of your vocal cords.  We have included a few here that will help, but they don’t replace advice from your own vocal coach/singing teacher/choir leader.

We use a combination of consonant and vowel sounds when using vocal exercises.

The main vowels sounds in singing are:

Ah as in Apple

Eh as in Air

Ay as in Sky

Oh as in Orange

Ee as in Bee

Oo as in Room

Consonants

Consonants can be hard or soft sounding.    Soft consonant sounds examples are: F, L, M W.  Hard consonant sounds examples are G, H, T and Y.

Combining consonant sounds with our vowels sounds can help improve your singing.   For example the ‘L’ consonant, mixed with the Ah sound – giving us La, La La La La … is using the tongue muscle as well as your vocal cord muscles.   It’s a good consonant vowel combination to start learning with.

 

Try the following exercises in the following sounds to begin with

La

Law

Lie

Leh

Lee 

Loo

 

Singing Exercise No1 – 5th and Octave

High Voice Range

Middle Voice Range

Low Voice Range

Singing Exercise No2 – Chromatic Scale

High Voice Range

Middle Voice Range

Low Voice Range

Singing Exercise No3 – Thirds

High Voice Range

Middle Voice Range

Low Voice Range

Singing Exercise No4 – Arpeggio

High Voice Range

Middle Voice Range

Low Voice Range

Singing Exercise No5 – 12 Tone

High Voice Range

Middle Voice Range

Low Voice Range

As you progress with these exercises, start swapping the consonant sounds

eg

Wah, War, Why, Weh, Wee, Woo or Mah, Maw, My, Meh, Mee, Moo etc.  Try them on just the vowel sounds too:   Ah, Eh, AyeOh, Ee, Oo

Vocal Exercises

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