In the last post we talked about how you need both vocal warm ups as well as strengthening exercises, and I got you started with a good morning first warm up exercise. You can check that out, if you missed it. I said that if you just stick with vocal warm ups and never move to vocal strengthening exercises, then you will not improve you singing voice and your range but only maintain and get the most out of what you currently have. That’s a lot of benefit, but I’m guessing you want to extend your range as well.
So, I want to give you one more warm up exercise here and then give you a strengthening exercise as well. Okay, for the warm up exercise, start with a “Zzz” sound and voice the following pattern: 1-3-5-3-1. Start in your middle range. After completing the pattern each time, raise the key of the “1” ½ to 1 key up, until you get into a comfortably higher range. This is a great exercise to follow after the one I gave you in the previous post.
Okay, for the strengthening exercise I would like you to use the vowel sound /o/ as in “note” and do the following pattern: 1-2-3-4-5 then directly to 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. This is a full octave exercise, which will push your voice a little more and should be more challenging. As I asked you to do in the first exercise, start in the middle of your range, and raise the first note slightly after each completion of the exercise.