While many singers are blessed to have been born with exemplary gift for music, they must continuously train to nurture their talents. Even the finest vocalists in the world take singing lessons and do constant singing exercises. Most of them would hire vocal coaches to train with them day in and day out. Wonder why?
Here are some of the many benefits that you can gain out of regular vocal drills.
• Establish good vocal technique
• Improve strength of throat muscles
• Improve diction
• Develop good resonation
• Develop good breathing pattern
• Develop good posture while singing
Singers should have the mentality of athletes and inject discipline to develop impeccable work ethics. If you have just started learning your range, tone or quality of your voice, and your singing capabilities, do not risk acquiring those bad habits that can potentially damage to your vocal cords. There are several singing exercises that will not only help you master your own techniques, but will keep your vocal health in pristine condition and teach you how to sing better.
For aspiring singers and vocal coaches, here are some basic vocal exercises that might be of great help to your career and talents:
1. Warm up exercises
It is very important that actors or singers perform warm-up vocal exercises before hitting the stage or singing. Even those who are joining marathons would warm-up their legs and feet before minutes before the start of the race. If you want to learn how to sing high notes, the same rules apply.
Humming is one of the most recommended ways to warming up vocal cords. Sing eight notes in prolonged and exaggerated style. After a few runs, sing them and produce short and crisp sounds.
All throughout the exercise, maintain a good posture. Do not strain your voice by singing too loud; use your natural pitch.
2. Singing phrases
There is nothing worse than watching your favorite musical program and barely understand a word of the actor singing. To truly engage your audience, you must have excellent enunciation, decent volume and clear diction. Otherwise, people will either change the channel or would not go and see your next concert.
Use this pattern: Ma – Mey – Me – Mow – Moo
Stand stall with your chest out, stomach in and your feet firm and leveled with your shoulders. Try to sing the syllables using your deepest voice. Repeat runs until you reach your highest pitch.
Place your hand on your stomach to ensure that muscles constrictions are happening within your abdomen. Otherwise, you are clearly not using your diaphragm and you are just singing form your belly.
You can also do tongue twisters from time to time to improve sounds of your vowels and consonants. Always overemphasize words as much as possible.
3. Siren exercise
This may sound a bit weird, but even veteran singers find this vocal workout useful. Sing a phrase over and over again and use only your nose to produce the sound. To make sure you are doing the exercise correctly, pinch your nose form time to time. Every time you pinch your nose, there should be no sound produced at all.
4. Breath and Volume Control
Select the note you are most comfortable singing. In a singular breath, sing this note from your softest to loudest volume. Repeat the exercise, but reverse it is time – from loudest to softest.
To brighten up your day more, perform these singing exercises with a smile.