Dr Anne-Marie Czajkowski

PhD, MMus, BA(Hons), ARCM(PG), MISM, AOTOS

Lessons held in Garforth, Leeds

Singing Exercises and Warm ups

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Preliminary non-singing warmup.

Now you can do some basic singing exercises.

Exercise 1:

Using “Ah” vowel, smoothly gliding the voice up and down. 

Repeat the pattern on the next note up.

Audio: High voice

Audio: Low voice

Exercise 2:

Using “Ee” (or other vowels) vowel, use good support, listen for a bright “twang” sound.

Repeat the pattern on the next note up.

Audio: High

Audio : Low

Exercise 3:

Do a vocal slide on “ng” or “brrrr” or “bbbbb” or any vowel. 

Go from the very bottom of your range to the very top. 

At least 5 times.

Audio: All voices

Exercise 4:

Using any vowel, smoothly gliding the voice up and get louder on the top note. 

Repeat the pattern on the next note up (as shown).

Audio: High

Audio: Low

Exercise 5:

Ng…..........ah...................eh..................ee...............aw..................oo........

Smoothly move from vowel to vowel keeping the same tone quality.

Audio: All voices

Exercise 6:

Ng…..........ah.....................ee..................aw..................

Smoothly move from vowel to vowel keeping the same tone quality.

Sing from third space C up to G

Audio: All voices

Exercise 7:

Ah…......eh.........ay.........ee..........ah.........o..........aw........oo..........ah

Repeat this pattern on the next note up. 

Start with a “ng” if needed. Keep the tone the same throughout.

Audio: High

Audio: Low

Exercise 8:

Using vowels, smoothly gliding the voice up and down. 

Repeat the pattern on the next note up.

Audio: High

Audio:Low

Exercise 9:

CONSONANTS

Improving your use of consonants in songs can make the words much easier to hear for your audience.

You might want to practice these when no-one is listening :D


Generally about consonants

Consonants often come in pairs using the same mouth parts but one is breathed and the other is voiced. For e.g., listen to “zzz” and “sss” which are made the same way, but one is voiced (you have to make a sound in the voice box) and the other breathed.

Consonants have different group names (plosives, fricatives, continuants etc)


Consonant exercises:

A good start is to wake up the face with the following:

Exaggeratedly going

EEEoooo, EEEooo, EEEooo

WAHooo, WAHooo, WAHooo


Plosives

Try repeating the followingconsonants and trying to sound a bit like a machine gun to get them clear. You can put vowels at the end of them for fun – e.g., PPPPPPah, BBBBBBooo

P, B

T, D

K, G


Fricatives

S, Z

Th (e.g., through), TH (e.g. these)

F, V


Continuants

Mmmm

Nnnnn

Ng

Other consonants

R – can be rolled, flicked or silent

L – can be light, as in “light”, or dark, as in “full”


Audio examples (all voices)

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