Vocal Exercises

So which vocal exercises should you follow to be a great singer?  There is so much advice out there it’s really hard to decide, which is the best direction for you as a singer.  One thing is for sure.  You can do a lot of little things on a semi-consistent basis to get better as a singer.

One thing I started doing as a singer was to just breathe correctly throughout my day.  Whenever I was wandering around I just started paying attention to my diaphragmatic breathing.  I say that because most of the time we are actually  breathing from our lungs.  We have to become aware of these unhealthy breathing habits.  Watch some animals breathe when they are relaxed.   You can see their bellies expanding on inhales.  Your belly region should be expanding when you inhale because this means you’re utilizing your diaphragm and you can slowly exhale while singing or talking.

In the long run, you will easily hold notes longer.  It requires much less effort to sing this way.

In addition, start paying attention to your throat staying open when singing.  You will actually pay attention to your soft palate and make sure it is raised in the back of the throat, which allows more air to be exhaled.   We tend to close up our throats when we’re nervous or straining to sing a note that seems out of reach.  Begin to control the soft palate and open up.  When you do this with increasing frequency, you will notice a natural vibrato, which is a lovely sensation after struggling for to sing vibrato for so long.

These are a couple of vocal exercises to follow every day because they are so simple.  You can employ them any time of the day, such as driving in the car to work in the morning.  Good luck.

 

Expanding your range requires performing exercises to sing high notes beforehand. Every singer’s voice is different, and there will always be some notes outside your range. You can still develop your range to hit notes higher than those you were able to prior to practice. Don’t give up, instead warm-up your voice with a few exercises specifically geared toward hitting higher notes.  Click Here to See Per Bristow’s Interesting Method for Hitting High Notes

Warm Up Routine

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Before you begin your daily singing practice, take time to run through your normal warm-up routine. While warming-up is always important, it is especially so when it comes to hitting higher notes. Vocal strain can set back your progress by weeks. It’s also better to work on extending your range later in the day. In the morning, your vocal chords are tight from not being used all night. Come afternoon, they’ve loosened up from chatting throughout the day.

Place your hand on your breast bone. Begin singing scales, starting at the midpoint of your normal range. You should feel the vibrations coming from within your chest. As you move up the scale toward your current range limits, the vibrations will move up into your throat. When you reach your limit or your voice switches to falsetto, the vibrations are coming mainly from within your throat. This point, where your sound switches from your chest to your throat, is the break point.

The note this begins on is where you need to start practicing from. Run through the scales again and attempt to control the break point so it doesn’t occur until after you sing the high note that posed you trouble. You won’t be able to control your vocal right away, but with steady practice of this exercise in singing high notes, you can add an additional note to your repertoire.

Shortening Your Vocal Chords

Shortening your vocal chords is the key to extending your range to higher notes. The shorter, or more closed, your vocals chords are as you sing, the faster they vibrate. This quick vibration, called adduction, is what leads to a higher range. The “Gi” sound naturally shortens your vocal chords. Sing through the “Gi” sound three times, with each “Gi” at a higher note than the one before it, and each set of three higher than the set before.

At first your voice may crack when you hit the first “Gi” beyond your normal vocal range. Drop down one note and build up again. Eventually, you’ll be able to extend your voice by at least one note and you can then take that skill and transfer it to begin exercises for singing high notes in your favorite songs.

 

Try these three vocal exercises, which are demonstrated with the Brett Manning method.   These will really help you improve fast if you’ve got the basics of singing down.

The one thing I like about this video is how he makes the lessons very practical.  He shows how even his own voice struggles at times and how it takes a while of doing specific exercises to regain his vocal chords and octave range.  You can learn here more at the Singing Success review page.

Breathing Exercises – One of the most effective vocal exercises is a simple breathing exercise.
You can start by sitting down in a chair or comfortable position and slowly inhale deeply.
After this, slowly exhale through your mouth.  Do this for a few minutes.  I promise this has a lot to do with singing!

After this, start closing your mouth and exhale between your tongue and top teeth.  You will hear a hissing sound.  This is good. You are training your diaphragm to hold the inhale for longer periods.  Your goal is to increase the time it takes to exhale with the hiss slowly.

Trust me, after you do this for a while, you can exhale once for minutes at a time!  Now, can you see how you could learn to hold notes longer while singing?  This is a great way to also become more serene.

Serenity never hurt anyone!  This can become a very calming exercise you can practice daily just for five minutes and your benefits go far beyond singing.

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