1. Lip Rolls
- Lip rolls are a great way to warm up your vocal cords. It brings the blood to them. You simply need to hum the scales whilst rolling your lips creating a brrrr sound.
2. A, E, Ah, Oo
- This exercise trains your vocal cords to shape from one note to another quickly. It also goes up by one note at a time (chromatically) and contributes to waking up your vocal cords. It is also improves the control/speed of your vibrato.
3. Ooo, Ahh
- This exercise is very good for your breathing technique. You must sing two Ooh Aahs per breath.
4. Mee, May, Mah, Lee, Lay, Lah 3 Note Run
- Try and sing ‘Mee, may, mah, Lee, lay, lah’ between each breath. Don’t break up the notes into short stabby notes, let them flow. This will train you to sing runs more accurately.
5. Mee, May, Mah, Lee, Lay, Lah 4 note run
- Simply sing along to the scale with an ‘Ay’ Vowel.
7. Ahhh Soft to loud
- Start of by singing ‘ahhh’ quietly and airy. As the note is played louder you must get louder. This will train your cords to close more, which is called compression. This allows you to sing louder with less and control the air you let through your cords.
8. Mee, May, Mah, Lee, Lay, Lah 5 note run
9. A to B
- Simply sing up and down the scales with an ‘Ay’ Vowel. Once you can sing this exercise in a relaxed manner and you are happy with your sound, move on to the next exercise.
10. A# to C
11. A# to C Pentatonic Scale
- This scale is used by all the greatest singers! Particularly in fast runs. Become familiar with it.
12. B to C#
13. B to C# Blues Scale
– This is a difficult scale because of the blues note. The third, fourth and fifth notes are chromatic and therefore difficult to pitch and sing.
14. C to D
15. D# to C#
16. D to E
17. D# to F
18. E to F#
19. E to F# Faster
20. F to G
- G is the average top note for a woman.
21. F to G Faster
22. F# to G#
23. G to A
24. G# to A#
25. A to B
26. A# to C
27. B to C#
C# is the average top note for a man