The exercises are presented in a suggested order for best results. If your voice is feeling great today, you can shorten the first couple of exercises. Also remember you can always adjust the key of an exercise to suit your vocal range and depending on how your voice is feeling or responding today.
Be sure you have stretched your body first, and are well-hydrated
Never push your voice. If your voice feels tight, return to slow breathing, simplify, pause. It is also useful at times to go to an earlier warm up exercise to help calm a tension response to an exercise.
Think about your throat as open and released as you sing, rather than constricting to get out the sound you desire.
When you're done with your warm up, your voice will feel freer and more prepared to sing your songs. If your voice feels at all tired or tighter after a warm up, that means you have been straining or pushing. Again, if so pause, regroup. Take some slow, deep breaths.
Don't rush through the exercises. Be patient. If your voice is less agile today than yesterday, don't worry. That is normal. Be patient. Oh yeah, be patient.
Finally, whenever you have the time, opt for the longer warmup/technique building before you get to your songs.
Below is the player with MP3s for the 15-minute Workout, as well as PDF images for each exercise.
Exercise 1: Sustained Note Warmup
Objective: Sing each pitch on a clear, supported tone at a moderate volume. Breathe in between notes calmly and slowly while keeping the time steady. Sing on the vowels Aw, then Ee. Two backing tracks are provided: Higher voice range: C4 to G4. Lower voice range: G3 to D4. Length: 1:22
Exercise 2: 1-3-1 Glide
Objective: Sing smoothly between the 1st and 3rd note of each key, on the vowels Aw, then Ee. Keep your volume moderate, your breath steady, and your tone clear (not breathy). Range: Ab2-D4, or Ab3-D5. Length: 2:24
Exercise 3: 1-5-1 Glide
Objective: Sing smoothly between the 1st and 5th note of each key, on the vowels Aw, then Ee. As with Exercise 2, keep your volume moderate, your breath steady, and your tone clear. Range: Gb2-F4, or Gb3-F5. Length: 1:57
Exercise 4: Octave Glide
Objective: Glide through octaves and register shifts. You sing a lower pitch and glide up one octave, then back down again. As you sing, be mindful of keeping your throat from constricting, letting your breath support your tone and movement. This should never feel tight or pushed; allow your registers to shift naturally. Don't be concerned if you notice your registers shifting, this is normal. Keep your air support steady as your registers shift, with practice this will help them to smooth them out. Range: F#2-A4, or F#3-A5. Length: 2:04
Exercise 5: Ee-Hee Ah-Ha
Objective: This exercise has two parts that are sung on one breath. The first part is sung staccato, using short notes. On the same breath, the second part is then sung legato, using long and connected notes. Range: Bb2-D4, or Bb3-D5. Length: 2:25
Exercise 6: 1/2 Scales Singing Ah, Ee, Oh
Objective: Now that your voice is feeling smoother, this 1/2 scale pattern (1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1) is sung on three vowels: Ah, Ee and Oh. This will give your voice more flexibility. Range: G3-G5, or G2-G4. (Note that if the range is too high or low for you to sing comfortably, you can adjust the note where you come in, and drop out if needed for the highest notes, then come back in. As always, don't strain to reach the top (or bottom!) Length: 4:14
15-Minute Workout Sheet Music
To view, click on the images for Exercises 1-6.
Below is the player with MP3s for the 25-minute Workout, as well as PDF images for each exercise.
NOTE: This workout begins with the exercises in the 15-Minute Workout
Exercises 1-6: Refer to the notes and music above in the 15-Minute Workout
Exercise 7: Alleulia
Objective: This exercise takes you first through an arpeggio for intervallic accuracy on the word "Alleluia," then on a downward scale singing "ah" for a smooth return to the root note of each key. This is done on one breath. The exercise also takes you across register shifts which is good for smoothing out register transitions. Range: A2-G4 (Low), or A3-G5 (High). Length: 2:42
Exercise 9: Staccato Thirds
Objective: In this exercise you sing intervals of thirds with a no-breath rest in between each interval. This helps you to build support as well as fluid singing that incorporates rests. The goal is to breathe only where indicated by the apostrophes—or even better yet, at the end of each system (staff). Range:C3-Eb4(Low), or C4-Eb5 (High). Length: 2:28. There are two tracks provided: 1) With melody 2) Without melody
Exercise 9: Chromatics
Objective: This exercise will help smooth out your tone by singing all 12 notes in a semi-tone (1/2 step) pattern. As you sing each chromatic section, aim to keep your tone blended, to avoid flipping between registers. Also avoid belting this exercise, though you will of course begin singing it in your lower register. Range: G2-D4 (Low), or G3-D5 (High). Length: 1:53
There are two tracks provided: 1) With melody and starting guide vocal 2) Without melody
Exercise 10: Scat Syllables on Intervallic Pattern, and/or Solfege
This exercise will help you to work on articulation, and maintaining good intonation while singing an intervallic pattern. Range: G2-D4 (Low), and G3-D5 (High).
There are three tracks provided: 1) With starting guide vocal on 1st provided scat and solfege syllables, at 90bpm, Length: 2:37; 2) Backing track without melody, 120bpm, Length 1:58; 3) With starting guide vocal on 2nd provided scat syllables, at a 130bpm, Length 1:50
Exercise 10: Minor Pentatonic Runs in 5/4 on C@t Vowel
This exercise works on minor pentatonic runs in 5/4 time using the bright "C@t" vowel for mix placement. Range: A2-Eb4 (Low), or A3-Eb5 (High). Length: 4:47
There are three tracks provided: 1) With starting guide vocal, 2) Without starting guide vocal, 3) At faster tempo without guide vocal, 150bpm
25-Minute Workout MP3 Player
This begins with the exercises from the 15-minute workout, then continues with exercises for building more technical skill.