The BEST singing exercises
Learning how to sing can be a daunting prospect for a beginner, with one coach telling you to learn how to sing from the diaphragm and another telling you to sing with vocal placement – which singing exercises are the best for building a POWERFUL singing voice so you can sing higher than ever and free of strain?
With these 5 singing exercises, your voice will improve instantly. Only proper singing techniques like the ones I’m about to show you will truly improve your voice and teach you how to sing the RIGHT way. I’m sure you all know this already, but the truth really is that singing exercises improve your voice – no matter how experienced are at singing!
#1 – Release your registers
Releasing your registers should be the very FIRST of the singing exercises that you practice each day. The most common way that singers are shown to release their vocal registers is by using a lip trill or lip bubble – but the exercise itself is less important than the INTENT behind the exercise itself, so I find a gentle “N” or “NG” sound works just a well. Remember, the point of this exercise is simply to RELEASE your registers so you’re not getting ‘stuck’ in chest voice and ‘flipping’ up into head voice or falsetto – don’t try to release with a BIG sound or ROCK tone, simply focus on releasing.
#2 – Vocal Placement
Singing placement is the second singing exercise you should practice during the day – placement is also one of the most important singing exercises men can sing with, but all vocal types will benefit from vocal placement. You can also use the same “N” or “NG” setup we used to release your registers, but this time around it’s important that your INTENT is focussed on ‘placing’ your voice above your top teeth.
Now, the mistake that most singers make with vocal placement is to confuse this very simple singing technique with MASQUE, the classical technique of singing with FORWARD placement. The best way to place your voice is in fact LIMIT excess frequencies rather than trying to create a specific band. Here’s a super simple tutorial I’ve put together for you to show you the importance of placement:
#3 – Diaphragm singing exercises
One of the best singing breathing exercises you can do is what I like to call “Five in – Five out” and involves toggling your breathing between your nose and mouth using your soft palate – five times in through the nose, and then five times out through the mouth. You’ll find this exercise in my free foundations short course.
#4 – Vowel Modification
If you’ve seen my YouTube channel recently, you’ll no doubt know that I prefer the subtle art of vowel tuning or the clunky and inaccurate approach of Vowel Modification, but for beginners especially, I find Vowel Modification is a really great way to introduce my students to the concept of vowel width and allowing your frequencies to resonate in the most efficient manner. Here’s a detailed tutorial on tuning your vowels the RIGHT way:
If you need some help tuning your vowels or learning how to sing with Vowel Modification, you can book a session with me below and I’ll show you the right approach for your unique voice.
#5 – Middle Voice (aka Singing in MIX)
Learning how to sing in Middle Voice is the difference between a beginner singer, and someone who can sing with POWER, control, confidence and a fully connected range. You’ve no doubt heard of Chest Voice and Head Voice, but did you know there is another mysterious register that sits directly between these two main registers, known as your MIX or MIDDLE register? Where Chest Voice involves full-length vocal chords, and head voice involves fully-shortened vocal chords, your MIX sits anywhere in between the two, and requires direct coordination between your two main registers so that you can balance between the two.
When you hear a singer who can seemingly sing high chest voice notes and make head voice sound like chest voice, what you’re actually hearing is their MIDDLE register, balancing between chest and head in a powerful and trained way. Two fantastic ways to build your middle register and unleash your mix are;
Projection – I’m not talking about singing louder, or trying to fill a room with your voice, I’m talking about REVERSE projection. This involves figuratively imagining that your voice is travelling back towards you from a far point at the very moment you approach your first vocal break – this visual tool will allow you to release from fully locked chest voice coordination and travel up into your head range without flipping or sounding weak and breathy. The more you coordinate your two main vocal registers to meet in the center and balance in your mix, the more POWERFUL and extensive your vocal range will become. Here’s a fantastic tutorial I’ve put together for you to illustrate the importance of MIXING and a practical way to release your voice into your middle coordination:
Classroom voice – Classroom voice is an approach I’ve developed as a teaching tool for those who currently lack the ability to coordinate their registers with projection. Basically, you allow your tone to change towards a “teachers” tone, or a “classroom” tone that you can imagine a teacher taking to get the attention of their young students “Okay everyone, look over here!” – assertive, but not aggressive in any way. Often times you’ll find that your vocal range will extend a decent amount simply with this change in tonality, which requires/causes a slight shift in your vocal chord coordination towards a mix. Now, it’s important that you learn how to transition between your registers in a connected and fluid way rather than ‘jumping’ or ‘flipping’ up in any way – you need to train your voice to SLIDE rather than jump in a harsh way. The best way to achieve this is to sight light and quiet through the break for some time until you understand what it takes to connect your registers and release your high register without pushing or flipping.
With these top 5 singing exercises from Bohemian Vocal Studio, your voice will begin resonating fuller and your range will start to increase. When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level and learn advanced vowel tuning, vocal compression and troubleshoot your consonant sounds and learn actual songs – you can book online singing lessons with me and I’ll show you how it’s done!
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Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.