New Students: please download, complete and bring with you to your first lesson this form.

Practice is strongly encouraged. Singing is physical and, just like a sport one might play or another type of activity that requires drills and/or attention to detail, vocal strength and coordination is gained through "working out" vocally. 

Use the following vocalise exercises to warm up your voice and work technique.  Note: the audio files contain scales for each exercise that span two octaves (A3-A5 for females, A2-A4 for males); if you find anything to be too high or too low for your voice, just start and stop where you feel the scale is appropriate for you.

LIP TRILLS AND STRETCHES
Lip trills – pull your lips forward and make a loose pucker like a duck face and blow out as if you’re trying to blow bubbles underwater.   As you exhale and sustain a trill, pull up through your sinus cavity and feel how the trill vibrates not only your lips but also the area all around your nose (it should itch and tickle a little if you’re doing it right).  If you’re having trouble creating/sustaining a lip trill, that means either your lips and/or jaw are too tight and/or you are not supporting the trill with enough breath.  Notice how you can regulate how fast or slow your trill goes by the way in which you accellerate or decellerate your flow of air.  After a couple of long exhales this way with just air, add tone to the trill.

​(tracks #01 Female and #01 Male)

Stretches – Stretch with the following syllable first just on a breath exhale and then on the scale on:Toot - pull your lips forward and lower your jaw as if you were going to whistle; let your lips do all the work.
Beep - your mouth should be open on the inside with teeth apart and only your lips should touch; stretch your sinuses up as far as possible and feel the sound travel up toward your eyes.
Bop - your mouth should be open on the inside with teeth apart and only your lips should touch; raise the roof of your mouth as much as possible.

​(tracks #02 Female and  ​#02 Male)

LEGATO SCALES
Big falls – create a falling arch of sound on “boo” and “woo.”    Feel a low, open stretch in your throat.

​(tracks #03 Female and  ​#03 Male)
 
Descending steps – start with single vowel shapes (ee, eh, ah, oh, oo) with an initiating consonant sound (w, m, b, h, and z are good ones) and then combine them in any way you wish (examples are shown).  Concentrate on connecting the feeling of energy in your core as you exhale, through a low and open stretch in your throat and sense of lift and stretch through the roof of your mouth and sinuses, all the way to the area in the front of your mouth (lips/teeth/tongue) where you are shaping and articulating your consonants and vowels.

​(tracks #04 Female and  ​#04 Male)

(tracks #05 Female and  ​#05 Male)

(tracks #06 Female and  ​#06 Male)

(tracks #07 Female and  ​#07 Male)

(tracks #08 Female and  ​#08 Male)

​Ascending steps – start with single vowel shapes (ee, eh, ah, oh, oo) with an initiating consonant sound (w, m, b, h, and z are good ones) and then combine them in any way you wish (examples are shown).  Concentrate on connecting the feeling of energy in your core as you exhale, through a low and open stretch in your throat and sense of lift and stretch through the roof of your mouth and sinuses, all the way to the area in the front of your mouth (lips/teeth/tongue) where you are shaping and articulating your consonants and vowels.

(tracks #09 Female and  ​#09 Male)


(tracks #10 Female and  ​#10 Male)


(tracks #11 Female and  ​#11 Male)

Ascending/Descending with skips – start with single vowel shapes (ee, eh, ah, oh, oo) with an initiating consonant sound (w, m, b, h, and z are good ones) and then combine them in any way you wish (examples are shown).  Concentrate on connecting the feeling of energy in your core as you exhale, through a low and open stretch in your throat and sense of lift and stretch through the roof of your mouth and sinuses, all the way to the area in the front of your mouth (lips/teeth/tongue) where you are shaping and articulating your consonants and vowels.

(tracks #12 Female and  ​#12 Male)

(tracks #13 Female and  ​#13 Male)

(tracks #14 Female and  ​#14 Male)

(tracks #15 Female and  ​#15 Male)

(tracks #16 Female and  ​#16 Male)

(tracks #17 Female and  ​#17 Male)

(tracks #18 Female and  ​#18 Male)

STACCATO/LEGATO SCALES
Ascending/Descending with staccato and legato – start with single vowel shapes (ee, eh, ah, oh, oo) with an initiating consonant sound (w, m, b, h, and z are good ones) and then combine them in any way you wish (examples are shown).  Concentrate on connecting the feeling of energy in your core as you exhale, through a low and open stretch in your throat and sense of lift and stretch through the roof of your mouth and sinuses, all the way to the area in the front of your mouth (lips/teeth/tongue) where you are shaping and articulating your consonants and vowels.  As you move from legato to staccato (or visa versa), maintain your open, supported position and vowel shape.


(tracks #19 Female and  ​#19 Male)


(tracks #20 Female and  ​#20 Male)


(tracks #21 Female and  ​#21 Male)


(tracks #22 Female and  ​#22 Male)


(tracks #23 Female and  ​#23 Male)



Downloadable forms, scores, and

practice tracks

Martha Lavender, M.M.E.

Private Voice Instructor • Vocal Coach • Music Educator

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Click on the corresponding track to practice the exercises listed to the left.

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