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Free vocal singing exercises online complete with midi scales to help you practice, plus singers articles and links to sites offering vocal exercises.

When you have mastered your breathing, the following free singing exercises will help you on the path to improving and understanding your voice.

The key to a good rehearsal is to ensure that you achieve the following before starting:
Abdominal breathing
Good posture
Breath during natural pauses
Keep your chin level
Keep your knees loose
Keep your head up
Keep your shoulders sloping and relaxed
Keep your toes pointed forward with your weight on heels and soles
Keep the front of your neck loose - don't stretch it
Keep abdominal muscles relaxed
Keep your back muscles relaxed
Avoid holding your shoulders lifted and puffed out
Relax and SMILE.
If your having a bad day or feel tense and stressed, this can affect your practices and performance. To help achieve consistancy do a few Relaxation Exercises before your rehearsal. If it all starts going horribly wrong, take a break, relax or do something else and try again later.

Stand with your shoulders relaxed, arms by your side.

Breath in slowly.

Sing one note, holding the note for as long as you can without becoming short of breath.

Do NOT suck in your stomach!

Repeat the exercise with different notes using doh, ray, me, far, so, la, te, doh.

Use different mouth shapes and vowels like "ooh", "ee", "a" and "aah"

Try singing up and down a scale (called an arpeggio).

Sing short notes (known as Staccato) as well as long ones.

Practice along with our free online midi scales!!
Vocal Scales - Click Here

animated mouth Sing phrases to improve diction: Examples:-
'I really love to sing' (going up the scale)
'Do,re,me,fa,so,la,te,do'
'La, Lo, Le, Lo'
'Ma, Mo, Me, Mo'
'Ta, To, Te, To'
'Hi, He, Ha, Ho, Hu'
'Qua, Quo, Que, Quo'
'Fluffy Floppy Puppy'
'Lolli, lolli, lolli, lolli pop'
'Bring back the boys big brown blue baseball bats'
'Sally saw silvester stacking silver saucers side by side'
(c-e-d-f-e-g-f-a-g-b-a-c--b-d-c up the scale then down the opposite way)
(suggested by Erica Zweig posted to Vocalist Newsgroup.

To feel the difference between raised and normal positioning of the larynx, place your fingers gently on your throat and try to talk as if you were a child or use 'baby talk'.

Record your efforts, notice the notes that do not sound right and concentrate on those until they do! Listen to the difference in your recordings over the next few weeks practice sessions to hear the improvement in your voice.

Read Q & A on singing posted to our Singers FAQ

Singers seeking more advanced exercises, Vocalises, or songs without words, range from basic vocal scales and exercises to classical works of art designed to test intonation and phrasing, control and nuance, visit the section for online vocalise and vocalise books containing singing exercises.

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Accessing Head Voice
Releasing Tension in The Voice

Vocal Exercise Books
In Association with Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com

This is just a small selection of books and audio books available. Visit our Books For Singers to see the full list which includes exercises, music theory, vocalises, sheet music, audition repertoire, and tuition books for singers of all standards and styles.

Im not crazy im vocalizing I'm Not Crazy, I'm...Vocalizing!
Eight Vocal Lessons and Fully Orchestrated Exercises to Do in or Out of Your Car on Audio CD or Audio Cassette with Booklet and Sticker by Karen Oleson
UK Price: 13.50   US Price: $13.97

Easy to follow and fun exercises that you can do whilst driving! This is a good introduction to warming up your voice, enunciation, use of the breath and a great warmup to sing on the way to rehearsal or to make better use of your time while you're stuck in traffic!
Read More at Amazon.com

Vocal Exercise Links

These are just a small example of the extensive links to online exercises and lessons we have available in the Singers Articles section, which contains complete listings of lessons, exercises or articles available on each site with direct links to the page (when not a framed site) plus answers to pretty much everything a beginner, intermediate, advanced singer or teacher needs to know! (All links open in a new window).

BBC - Vocal Exercises
Selection of exercises to improve the voice with text instructions and audio/video examples.

Find the Singing Voice
An introduction to vocal control for young beginners suitable for use by teachers provided by LessonPlans.

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Includes requirements for singers examinations, tips for productive practice and exam advice for candidates plus related Books and CD's.

Chest Voice Exercises by Isabelle Bracamonte

Connecting Voices
Several exercises are demonstrated via mp3 audio in this scrolling article by Dave Stroud.

Exercises to relieve jaw stress
Vocal Point, exercises and advice on relieving tension by Dede Wyland at iBluegrass.com

Female Passagio Exercises
by David L. Jones, (article also available in french).

Good Rich Vocal - Voice Lessons for Men & Women
Speech Level Singing Studio in USA has text lessons with correct and incorrect audio examples (needs RealPlayer) plus info on workshops & masterclasses.

Good Rich Vocal - The Voice Lesson for Women
Speech Level Singing Studio in USA has text lessons with correct and incorrect audio examples (needs RealPlayer) plus info on workshops & masterclasses.

L'Atelier du Chanteur
French/English site, aided by animated & audio exercises with articles and lessons for singers & teachers.

Legato Line
Elements and exercises to aid in learning coordination of legato line by David L. Jones

MusiciansNews
Singing Section (access to articles is by free signup only) lessons include Singing Chords, warming up exercises, singing legato technique, singing the C Major Scale, singing with chords, songwriting lessons

Robert Marks - Vocal Warm-Ups
Two warm up exercises scored and downloadable for PC and Mac.

Tips on Popular Singing
By Frank Sinatra and John Quinlan includes breathing, care of the throat, mouth positions and 16 vocalise exercises available at the Jazz Singers Network site.

The Sing Thing
site includes the exercises available on the CD including excerpts in realaudio from the creator of the BRIT Schools BTEC vocal course.

Vocal Exercises
Singing advice plus four exercises including sirening with descriptions and audio / video examples from Juliet Russell of Vocaltech available at the BBC Radio One website.

Vocal Repertoire
(German/English) site has Lied, Oratorio, Opera, Bach Duets, Singing Exercises, Events and more. Vocal lessons and exercises are in German and English (Click 30 vocal exercises for english version) - Japanese also available on request. They use a score so if you can sight read or read music you'll pick it up with ease and there are downloadable .pdf exercises also available.

Vocal Warm Up Exercises at National Center for Voice & Speech
this USA site also has a host of articles on singing for singers.

Vocal Warm-ups and Cool-downs
Jeannie Deva's Free Singing Lessons also contains exercises for expanding range.

Youth Choral Acadamy
This link takes you to their audition page which contains a list of required audition parts including some short notated vocal exercises.