Vocal training doesn’t always have to take place in a classroom. In fact, there are quite a few vocal exercises you can do right in the comfort of your own home. You can use them to improve your talents, practice for upcoming lessons and performances, or just to have some fun in your down time.
Want to try your hand at some vocal training exercises? Here are five fun ones to start with:
- Siren Sounds – You know that sound police cars and ambulances make? They’re the ones that start quiet, get louder, and then get quiet again. Those are siren sounds, and they can help you strengthen your voice and improve your talents immensely.Start by singing at a low pitch. Then, without breaking breath, increase your pitch and volume until you hit the highest pitch your voice can reach. Go as slowly as your breath will allow. If necessary, take quick deep breaths, but only when you absolutely have to. Remember, breath control plays a huge role in singing! As you get used to making siren sounds, you can practice going up and back down in one fell swoop, and you can also play with speed, pitch and dynamics.
- Tongue Twisters – Remember those tricky sayings you heard as a kid, like “She sells sea shells by the sea shore” or “how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” Those same phrases can be used to help practice enunciation and voice control.Pick a few of your favorites (here’s a full list if you don’t know any) and try to get through each one at least five times without error. For best results, use twisters that have a multitude of letter and vowel sounds, as these will give you the most practice.
- Lip Trills – This is a vocal training exercise you can really have fun with! Gently blow air out from your mouth, without opening your lips. Keep them relaxed and loose, and slowly make an “uhh” sound. This should force your lips to trill (vibrate), producing a choppy sound. Think of it like blowing a raspberry, like babies do! Lip trills can help you maintain vocal cord closure and strength, as the vibration of your lips provides breath resistance and require more force to perform.
- Vowel Practice – Vowels play a big role in our singing voices. Fortunately, practicing vowel articulation and enunciation is easy. In fact, all you have to do is yawn! Make yourself yawn, and as you exhale make an “ahh” sound with your voice. Draw this sound out as long as your breath and voice will allow, and really focus on keeping it steady and strong. If you can, try starting quiet and slowly increasing the volume and intensity until you’ve reached the loudest you can go.Keep repeating this exercise, switching out “ahh”s for other vowel sounds like “eh,” “oh,” “ee,” “uh” and “ay.” If you can’t make yourself yawn, simply hum your desired vowel sound and follow the same steps.
- Consonant Practice – Practicing consonants is crucial to a great singing voice, too. To start, begin with the “b” sound. Try it with all the vowels: “bah,” “bee,” “bay,” “boh,” “boo” and “buh,” and be sure to really focus on making the “b” sound enunciated and punchy. As you get used to the B sounds, gradually make your way through the alphabet until you get to Z. You can also play with dynamics, speed and pitch as you go.
Want more great vocal training exercises? Consider enrolling in private vocal lessons at the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio. You’ll get one-on-one guidance on how to improve your talents, strengthen your voice and achieve your musical goals. Contact us for more information.