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5 of the Best Daily Vocal Exercises for Singers

Vocal warm ups and exercises are key when you’re learning how to sing. Just like athletes stretch out their bodies and muscles before a big game, vocalists must warm up their singing voice before a performance or rehearsal.

All it takes is 10 minutes with these five simple voice warm ups to maintain a healthy voice. When you warm up properly, you can sing for longer periods of time with less effort. These singing exercises will work for both beginning and advanced vocalists, so don’t hesitate to give them a try no matter where you are on your singing journey. Add these vocal warm ups to your daily routine and you’ll be a pro at singing your favorite songs in no time!

5 Vocal Warm Ups for Singers

1. Lip Buzz

To do this vocal warm up, simply vibrate your lips together without pitch, at first. This will help build up your breath support and stamina while singing.

Next, try adding a pitch to your lip buzz, and hold it anywhere from 3-5 seconds. Pitch can go up, down, or stay on one note. There should be a funny, tickling sensation in your nose and other resonators (the forehead, cheeks, etc.). If you have trouble making the buzzing sound, you can place your index fingers on the center of your cheeks to give your lips more “slack.”

If a lip buzz isn’t happening, you can achieve the same effect by rolling your tongue. This is called a tongue trill and occurs frequently in languages such as Spanish and Italian. Most singers find lip buzzes easier than tongue trills, but if you prefer to trill during these singing warm ups, go right ahead!

2. Solfege

We all should be familiar with “Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do” from The Sound of Music. Starting on middle C, sing through the solfege up and down the scale, taking your time to really listen to each pitch.

See if you can try this vocal warm up without a piano (acapella), as this will help with your ear training. Practicing solfege is not only a great tool for your ears, but it will also improve your sight reading and singing accuracy. By giving a name to the note intervals, you’ll have no question about what note to hit when it comes time to sing.

3. “Mah-May-Me-Mo-Moo”

This is another one of our favorite voice warm ups that will help you sing better. Remaining on one note (monotone), sing “mah-may-me-mo-moo” nice and slow, really pronouncing the Ms. It should sound like the first exercise in the video below.

Start low, perhaps at A3, and sing up the scale to an octave above. Take your time and see if you can sing this exercise all in one breath. While you don’t have to sing the warm up well, focus on your intonation to create the best vocal sound. Don’t push – this vocal warm up should be nice and relaxed.

4. “I Love to Sing”

This is one of the singing exercises you can use to  help with your range, as it includes an arpeggio. Starting low at around Bb3, you are literally going to sing “I love to sing” with a smile on your face! You will start at the root, then hit the octave, and come back down on the 5th, 3rd, and root of the chord again.

This is a great way to test your range through big jumps. It can be done fast and should be done all in one breath. Smiling while you sing will help you develop a more clear and bright sound. Remember don’t be shy with this one — let loose and proudly pronounce your love for singing!

5. The Siren

This is the easiest vocal exercise of all the vocal warm ups on this list. Think of the sound of a fire engine passing by, and imitate it with your voice. Start at the lowest note in your range, and slide through every note to the top of your range. If you can sing the low notes and high notes, then you know you are in good vocal shape!

Here’s a video that goes over sirens and other helpful singing warm ups:

Sirens are a good way to tell if you are vocally fatigued. If you’re unable to hit the low or high notes, then it’s best not to push too hard. Start with as little volume and effort as possible, and gradually build up the dynamics as you get more warmed up. You can try this warm up in reverse too, by starting with your mouth open wide, going from high to low.

These vocal exercises take as little as 10 minutes a day, and they will help you sing better. For singers, these vocal warm ups should be a fundamental part of your day, like brushing your teeth or combing your hair! Once you get in the habit, you’ll love the freedom and flexibility of a warmed-up voice.

If you’re ready to take your singing to the next level, there’s no better way than with private singing lessons. Your teacher can give you the hands-on feedback necessary to build proper technique and expand your singing repertoire. With every lesson, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your singing goals!

Do you have a favorite vocal warm up? Share it with us in the comments below!

 

LizTAbout the Author: Liz T. teaches singing in Brooklyn, NY, as well as online. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a BM in Vocal Performance and currently teaches all styles of music. Learn more about Liz here!

 

 

 

Comments

Classically Trained Singer

August 24, 2016 at 1:54am

Thank you for your post!This Post is fabulous! Lots of great info including, but Singing high notes with power and precision is an important part of singing and the fundamental vocal technique.Like any other muscle in our body, the vocal folds can’t achieve the level of flexibility we need to hit those high notes over night. It takes time,practice and correct technique to learn how to reach high notes.Knowing your vocal range is an important part of being a singer.

Jack Hibbons

September 13, 2016 at 8:32am

These are excellent tips! It's always imprtant to keep your voice in shape. I even read once that Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones would go into hotel basements during your breaks, singing along to Stones tapes to keep his voice strong when they had a couple weeks off. It's great practice!

Anonymous

July 16, 2017 at 4:25am

Hey I love the exercises you have written!

Liam Dahal

July 19, 2017 at 6:40pm

But what will happen if I drink a lot milk and eat a lot of foodstuff made of flour, and then warm up my voice? Will it take me longer to get my voice properly warmed up or what?

kaleb

July 23, 2017 at 2:29pm

yea man

Liam Dahal

July 27, 2017 at 5:44am

But what are the signs that tell me my voice is still not properly warmed up? Especially in the morning...

jane

August 10, 2017 at 12:28pm

I eat carbohydrate at least twice a day . could that be the reason why I can't sing anymore? before now I was a suprano singer nd tenor sometimes, BT now I struggle to take treble nd after singing for 10- 15mins my voice goes down nd will come back to the struggling things after some days. pls help me out

ilovesingingsobad

March 09, 2018 at 12:27am

no i dont think so. try not to be nervous . while there are some food that are not good for singing most carb food is not

McCall

May 01, 2018 at 8:04am

Hi, Except for dairy 2 hours before you sing. Carbs will not do that. You need proper vocal training to get back to good vocal health. Or you may speak with your MD to check your vocal chords. Singing takes a great deal of work, with proper training, you will improve. Seek a technical voice teacher.

Hope

September 28, 2017 at 3:05am

Very Great Post, I was blessed big time. Great work here.

hey

September 01, 2018 at 8:56am

I agree

valentine

February 12, 2018 at 10:40pm

that exercise is really good ans helpful i love it

Thanks

February 08, 2019 at 10:11am

Thank you so much be blessed

brandon

March 21, 2018 at 3:19am

How do you train the vocal cords to hold back air pressure

McCall

May 01, 2018 at 8:13am

Hi, I'm a technical voice teacher, these exercises are great for everyone. However, voice is like being an athlete, or dancer, you need a qualified voice teacher to learn how to sing with good vocal health. This will give you better range, power & Control! With a good vocal teacher, you will see improvements within the first 3 months. Singing takes practice, & precision. Voice Coaches help you with song choice, emoting & performance. Technical Voice teaches you everything from proper breathing, vocal exercises, diction, to performance. What are you trying to achieve? Technical voice will give you a voice that will last a lifetime.

Joe

May 12, 2018 at 12:15pm

really nice daily warm ups. Great job

Shivan.R.Menon

August 05, 2018 at 1:05am

I'm from another country So my english isn't good Is that why voice isn't improving? Please reply...!

Quinn

April 28, 2019 at 6:35am

Hi, where you are from does not effect if you have a strong voice. Music is a universal language. Sing something in the language you know.

hey

September 01, 2018 at 8:54am

Awesome! Are lip buzzes the same as lip trills?

hey

September 01, 2018 at 8:56am

Awesome! please answer

marryclaire

October 01, 2018 at 1:47am

I love this article. This is very well written. You have truly enriched me with some excellent knowledge.

Jonathan Nanmwa Benard

October 31, 2018 at 10:13am

Thank you so much for this post, you truly help me to give the best to my student and myself too, thanks a lot and God bless and keep us all to learn more!!!

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