Voice exercises can be compared to exercising in the gym.
Consider what the affect would be on less skilled and younger singing voices with this type of attitude. Individuals who want to preserve their voices and enjoy a long and healthy singing career know that it is essential they make voice warming exercises a part of their daily schedule. In the long run you will be rewarded because your voice will remain in quality condition enabling you to continue singing for as long as you choose to. The style of your voice training exercises is based on your age group and experience, including your choice of music at the time. There are several basic things that all singers are able to do. By implementing some of the following you will reap good results.
Exercises for each facet in order for your voice to operate at its optimum level
Voice exercises: Humming power!
By humming you can effectively and gently warm up your voice. You begin by humming softly in the middle of your voice and then focus on the buzzing taking place in your face. Gradually increasing the volume in your hum, until you reach your voice's peak. Once you reach your goal, you will know.
Be warned - The buzz in your face must not be produced under strain or forced effort.
As the strength of your humming becomes gradually increased, bear in mind that you should remain relaxed to ensure your vocal cords work properly.
Voice exercises for your tongue, lips and jaw
Your tongue, lips and jaw are vitally important as a vocalist because they are used to shape the sound you make into consonants and vowels. They are aptly named the articulators and they need your attention, if it were not for them, there would be no words.
- Select a pitch that is comfortable for you, and say these sounds: ya, ya, ya, ba, ba, ba, ma, ma, ma, and la, la, la Concentrate on a sound that is punchy and fresh, full of constructive purpose. Pay close attention to the movements of your jaw, lips and tongue while mouthing the sounds. - Repeat this by making the sounds on a tone in the center of your voice. You will truly understand the sensation of the articulation if you repeat this several times on varying mid voice tones.
- Remaining in the center area of your voice, sing the sounds higher and lower at half scale and then at full scale. Don't be too concerned about getting the high notes, as these exercises are not intended to stretch your range.
Voice exercises that produce a smooth sound
Nothing sounds better than when you are able to release a smooth and beautifully trained voice that seems to be secured as one with your body. Legato singing, originates from the Italian word which means, "tied together" and are known as the simple scales that access this type of vocals. An example would be to sing on an "ah" vowel up and down the scale. Without going very high or very low, focus on the tone's smoothness. Try singing a sort of bright "aa" sound, similar to the Italian "aa". Take note of the difference in the chest sensations, throat, and face, but keep the sense of connection.
Range Extension Voice Exercises
Of the many vocal exercises you can do that will increase the vitality and strength of both your low and high notes, there are a several useful examples that will get you started:
- Begin from the middle note of your range singing up and down on the scale on the -ah- vowel. While singing up, think of "energy" and also think downwards into your body. By thinking downwards you will be able to connect more to your breathing mechanism, the key that supports your voice as it rises, and stops you from mentally and physically reaching up for the high notes. Focus on the areas of tension in your whole body and try to work on using only those muscles that are required for singing high - cease immediately, if it hurts. Treat your high notes as precious and only work on them for very short periods of time so that you avoid any fatigue.
- Don't despair if the improvement and strengthening takes a while - this is a normal process. It will all be worthwhile once you do accomplish your goal - After you have used this method for a few scales, you should try the vowel sound "ee" then repeat the same again. You should experience different sensations in your face and throat because "Ee" is a more shut sound. This is good, if you concentrate on singing at an even tone up and down the scale, and, by following the above, building up your energy and thinking down while going up. To have more space for resonating, try dropping your jaw a little when going higher.
- The direct opposite would apply if you want to extend your range downwards. Begin on a note in the middle voice then sing down on the scale with an "ah" into a lower range several times. As you sing downwards, you should focus on letting go and relaxing - If you attempt to strain your voice to a lower tone your voice cords simply can't react correctly. Although there is enough vocal energy to maintain the tone, keeping it alive and vibrant, you no longer need to engage the support of your breathing as often as when singing high. Be sure not to thrust your chin downwards. Your low notes may be too breathy to begin with - As your vocal mechanism develops more efficiency and becomes more comfortable singing low, in time this problem will resolve itself.