Singing Exercises: Vocal Exercises For Singers

by Admin on January 31, 2013

To create your own beautiful, engaging tones, you need to make space for the tone to resonate, and you need to apply the breathing skills introduced in the previous post. Space and breath are great partners in tone production. Think of those two factors as a team, and keep them working together.

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Vocal exercises for singing: sounds and resonance

Resonance is the glorious magic that allows a singer to fill a large hall with sound without artificial amplification. Creating tone is the first step in the singing process. The next step is to refine your tone depending on which style of music you want to sing. Sound vibrates in canyons, and you need to take advantage of the small canyons in your body called resonators – your throat, mouth, and nasal passages. By lifting the soft palate, you adjust the resonance in the throat and nasal passages. You need to explore the sounds and feeling of resonance and discover where sound can resonate in your body.

When you hold out a note, you sustain a vowel sound. Making clear, precise vowel sounds is important if you want to be understood. You need to know how to shape the vowels quickly, using a specific tongue shape or arch, forming a certain lip shape, and correctly opening the jaw or mouth. You need to keep the tip of your tongue against your bottom front teeth for all vowel shapes. You want to generate a consistent resonance for all vowels. The resonance needs to remain solid even when the shape changes.

Most people who mumble aren’t working and shaping their mouths properly to make distinct consonant sounds. You need to understand how to articulate consonants so that what you sing is clear to the audience. Knowing how to move your lips and tongue as you sing consonant sounds makes all the difference.

Your tongue is an independent mover and shaker. You don’t have to open or close your jaw to move your tongue. Allowing your tongue to move all by itself helps you keep your jaw and the back space open for your high notes. It also helps you look more polished when you sing a fast song if your jaw isn’t bobbing at every syllable.

Singing exercises for different parts of your voice

You have one glorious singing voice made up of three distinct parts: chest voice, middle voice, and head voice. The notes in the middle part of your voice make up your middle voice, the notes in the lower part of your voice make up your chest voice, and the notes in the upper part of your voice make up your head voice.

  • Chest voice is he thicker, heavier sound made in the lower part of your voice. It makes vibrations in your chest while you sing.
  • Head voice is the he higher part of your singing voice. It makes vibrations in your head or skull as you sing.
  • Middle voice is the bridge between your chest voice and your head voice. It makes vibrations in your mouth and neck. Middle voice feels similar to head voice for many female singers, and similar to chest voice for many male singers. Some people call middle voice a mix because neither completely chest voice nor completely head voice, but a combination.

Specific muscles create head voice and chest voice. These muscles groups work together to produce middle voice.

Falsetto is the lightest sound the male voice can make. From this light falsetto sound, men can add a faster airflow and high resonance, to make the note head voice dominated. The female voice doesn’t have a falsetto, so the lightest sound women can make is head voice.

Because the female and male voices are different, not all singing exercises apply equally to women and men. Some are easier for women than they are for men; likewise, some are easier for men than they are for women. Some even work different areas for women than they do for men. Practice all the vocal exercises for singers, no matter what part of the voice they work. The ultimate goal is to strengthen all parts of your voice so that they work together as a team to create beautiful sound.


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