Vocal Singing Exercises & Scales

Free vocal singing exercises online complete with midi scales to help you practice, plus singers articles and links to sites offering vocal exercises.

When you have mastered your breathing, the following free singing exercises will help you on the path to improving and understanding your voice.

The key to a good rehearsal is to ensure that you achieve the following before starting:

  • Abdominal breathing
  • Good singing posture
  • Breath during natural pauses
  • Keep your chin level
  • Keep your knees loose
  • Keep your head up
  • Keep your shoulders sloping and relaxed
  • Keep your toes pointed forward with your weight on heels and soles
  • Keep the front of your neck loose – don’t stretch it
  • Keep abdominal muscles relaxed
  • Keep your back muscles relaxed
  • Avoid holding your shoulders lifted and puffed out
  • Relax and SMILE.

If you’re having a bad day or feel tense and stressed, this can affect your practices and performance. To help achieve consistency, do a few Relaxation Exercises before your rehearsal. If it all starts going horribly wrong, take a break, relax or do something else and try again later.

Singing exercises to get you started

  • Stand with your shoulders relaxed, arms by your side.
  • Breath in slowly.
  • Sing one note, holding the note for as long as you can without becoming short of breath.
  • Do NOT suck in your stomach!
  • Repeat the exercise with different notes using doh, ray, me, far, so, la, te, doh.
  • Use different mouth shapes and vowels like “ooh”, “ee”, “a” and “aah”
  • Try singing up and down a scale (called an arpeggio).
  • Sing short notes (known as Staccato) as well as long ones.

Practice along with our free online midi scales!!
Vocal Scales – Click Here

Sing phrases to improve diction:

  • ‘I really love to sing’ (going up the scale)
  • ‘Do,re,me,fa,so,la,te,do’
  • ‘La, Lo, Le, Lo’
  • ‘Ma, Mo, Me, Mo’
  • ‘Ta, To, Te, To’
  • ‘Hi, He, Ha, Ho, Hu’
  • ‘Qua, Quo, Que, Quo’
  • ‘Fluffy Floppy Puppy’
  • ‘Lolli, lolli, lolli, lolli pop’
  • ‘Bring back the boys big brown blue baseball bats’
  • ‘Sally saw silvester stacking silver saucers side by side’
  • (c-e-d-f-e-g-f-a-g-b-a-c–b-d-c up the scale then down the opposite way)

To feel the difference between raised and normal positioning of the larynx, place your fingers gently on your throat and try to talk as if you were a child or use ‘baby talk’.

Record your efforts, notice the notes that do not sound right and concentrate on those until they do! Listen to the difference in your recordings over the next few weeks practice sessions to hear the improvement in your voice.

Singers seeking more advanced exercises, Vocalises, or songs without words, range from basic vocal scales and exercises to classical works of art designed to test intonation and phrasing, control and nuance, visit the section for online vocalise and vocalise books containing singing exercises.

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Accessing Head Voice
Releasing Tension in The Voice

Vocal Exercise Books

This is just a small selection of books and audio books available. Visit our Books For Singers to see the full list which includes exercises, music theory, vocalises, sheet music, audition repertoire, and tuition books for singers of all standards and styles.

Easy to follow and fun exercises that you can do whilst driving! This is a good introduction to warming up your voice, enunciation, use of the breath and a great warm-up to sing on the way to rehearsal or to make better use of your time while you’re stuck in traffic!
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Vocal Exercise Links

These are just a small example of the extensive links to online exercises and lessons we have available in the Singers Articles section, which contains complete listings of lessons, exercises or articles available on each site with direct links to the page (when not a framed site) plus answers to pretty much everything a beginner, intermediate, advanced singer or teacher needs to know! (All links open in a new window).

Female Passagio Exercises
by David L. Jones, (article also available in french).

L’Atelier du Chanteur
French/English site, aided by animated & audio exercises with articles and lessons for singers & teachers.

Legato Line
Elements and exercises to aid in learning coordination of legato line by David L. Jones

Tips on Popular Singing
By Frank Sinatra and John Quinlan includes breathing, care of the throat, mouth positions and 16 vocalise exercises available at the Jazz Singers Network site.

Vocal Repertoire
(German/English) site has Lied, Oratorio, Opera, Bach Duets, Singing Exercises, Events and more. Vocal lessons and exercises are in German and English (Click 30 vocal exercises for english version) – Japanese also available on request. They use a score so if you can sight read or read music you’ll pick it up with ease and there are downloadable .pdf exercises also available.

Vocal Warm Up Exercises at National Center for Voice & Speech
this USA site also has a host of articles on singing for singers.

Youth Choral Acadamy
This link takes you to their audition page which contains a list of required audition parts including some short notated vocal exercises.