Singing Warm-Ups

Singing warm-ups free printable sheets, for your vocal students. Address vocal resonance, relaxation, breathing for singing, vocal range, and other issues with these vocal warmups.



I start all voice lessons with singing warm-ups of some kind. If it is a morning or even early afternoon lesson, the vocal warmups will probably start with humming and careful listening with harmony... a singing exercise that stretches gently and softly.

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If my student has already warmed up, we may start right in with one of their songs, but more likely, we will start with a round such as "Heigh, Ho" or "Have You Seen the Ghost of John" to get them listening and concentrating as they sing, or we will work on a duet or group song that we are preparing for a recital. This way, they don't sing "full voice" right at first.

In fact, it is best, I tell my students, when they are still working at learning the notes of a song, to sing sotto voce, with a subdued voice, or even down an octave much of the time as they practice the song, if the vocal line lingers up high for a while. (This is also a very good practice in choral groups, and especially in long rehearsals of The Messiah!)

Some students seem blessed with a naturally warm, flexible, high and phlegm-free voice. How I envy them. Others (more like me!) have voices that wake up tight and a little stiff unless the voice is "flexed" every day, a bit like a new, unstretched balloon.

One of my daughters has a voice as tight as a new thick rubber band. Daily, she needs gentle warming up as well as an additional vigorous workout. Without daily attention, her singing voice is rough and subject to breaking only an octave above Middle C.

My own singing voice seems to acquire ever greater smoothness (in spite of rapidly advancing age!) as I have built the habit over the past few years of lightly warming up off and on throughout the whole day and even into the evening. This habit was forced upon me, the piano teacher, gradually, as I acquired more and more voice students... I had to be able to sing up high -- no more excuses!

The result of this continuous light singing is (to my own surprise) the ability to sing with ease on Sunday mornings at church the melodies of old-fashioned hymns (invariably set too high!), even early in the morning. That is a fun thing; I used to stick to the harmonies!

However blessed your singing student may be naturally, learning a set of vocal warmups that they can recall by memory at home, and use to gently warm themselves up, will help prevent sore, "blown" voices when they sing for an hour or more a day at lessons, rehearsals or just around the house.

As a vocal teacher working at the piano bench, these warm-ups are most efficiently performed at lessons if you have the ability to transpose the patterns up or down a half-step after each repetition. This is a sophisticated skill! But it can be learned. If transposing seems too much of a stretch for you, take a look at my page for Beginning Piano students Mary Had a Little Lamb. Transposing using a very easy song is a great way to get started.

But to help those who are less pianists than vocalists, all of the vocal exercises are written in the key of C (all white notes!)

More vocal warmups are coming! Please be patient!



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I'd love to know about your favorite warm-ups, perhaps passed on to you by a dear teacher, or one you have made up yourself and come to rely upon. Tell us how you use it!

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mommy 
mommy made me mash my m&m

M&M's 
Mama made me mash my M&M's Dana: That's hard to say!

Mumbling Mice 
Many Mumbling Mice Are making midnight music in thee moonlight Mighty nice ...Ooo! This "tongue-twister" is really all about the lips, not the …

mama made me mash my m and ms 
We do this one in class every day... it is very repetitive. Dana: I have seen this one before, but not the notes with which to sing it. I suppose …

12345 
12345 54321 15453525 1545321 15453525 1545678 Finger placement = 1 on C, 2 on D etc. Sing numbers to the melody played as indicated by finger …

Warmups for Steps of the Scale & Intonation 
We do this at school during music class. 1, 1 2 1, 1 2 3 2 1, 1 2 3 4 3 2 1, 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1, 1 2 3 4 5 6 5 4 3 2 1, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6 5 4 …

Warm up with the Baha'i choir 
The local Baha'i choir the "New Era Baha'i Singers" in Perth run up and down the octave with the following phrases when warming up: "Yonder and far" …

two tigers 
two tigers tango in the twiiilight till they are too tired to tango anymorrre, its in a blues key. i learned this from a dear teacher of mine and we all …

Great diction Warm Up 
do, do re do, do re mi re do, do re mi fa mi re do, do re mi fa so fa mi re do, do re mi fa so la so fa mi re do, do re mi fa so la ti la so fa mi re do, …

Heres a warm up 
he did, he did, he died of a broken rib he did he did, he did, he died of a broken rib he did he did, he died, he died, he did, he died of a broken rib …

Diction 
Diction is done with the tip of the tongue and the teeth.

Tinkers Take Their Time at Tea... 
"Tinkers take their time at tea until their tale is told" -- Great one for early morning warm-ups -- have fun with it!

Daddy dropped a dollar down the drain 
I teach piano and vocal beginners at my teacher's suggestion to help round out my budget. Dana: Cute tongue-twister!

super bubble gum 
super bubble gum (clap,clap) super dooper bubble gum (clap,clap) super dooper double bubble super dooper double bubble super dooper double gum (clap,clap) …

lu la lee la lei la lei lu la lee lei la lei lu la lu la lu la lei lu la lee lei la lei lu la lee lei la lei lu la lu la lu la lei 
I learned this from my high school! It helps a lot with diction

baba baby baby baba booba 
Each beat of every word you clap. Dana: Each beat? Or each syllable? This would be fun going faster and faster. Thanks for sharing.

New York 
I know New York I need New York I know I need unique New York Dana: Thanks, Emily. What tune would work with this, I wonder?

Twinkling stars 
Two twinkling stars telling too many stories too-oo-night Dana: Megan, I don't get how to use this!

Mary Had a Little Lamb for Choral Warmup 
We go 'Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow', up a semitone each time. And then 'Everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go', …

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Carrie,Voice and Piano Teacher:
This site is FABULOUS. For all the reasons you explain on the site itself--this is exactly what piano teachers need! (I still need to go look at the vocal music). Wow. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Toni:
Thank you for your wonderful website. I also teach piano, voice and guitar - spooky! My absolute passion is opera, and have opened many a singing student's ear to the beautiful melodies and voices in the repertoire. Thank you for the wonderful warmups which I have downloaded, and will be using at the earliest opportunity - I will let you know how they go! Looking forward to more warmup ideas, too.

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Thank you! THANK YOU!!! For keeping the beautiful art of Opera alive! I stumbled upon this site and I'm so happy I did! 



Useful Sites for Vocalists

ArtSongCentral, source of much free vocal literature

Beth'sMusicNotes, a source for lots of kids' songs

Cantorian.org, home to free classical sheetmusic

ChoralWiki, Home of the Choral Public Domain Library

International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Petrucci Music Library

Musicnotes.com - transpose vocal sheets up or down!

Note-Perfect.com, Resources for Choral Singers and Soloists - hear your part!

Sheetmusicplus.com

Singwise.com - Technical singing advice

VocalCoachBlog - free advice, & courses for sale

Vocalist.org.uk - this link takes you to vocal techniques and vocal links

VoiceTeacher.com - many highly detailed articles on the physical aspects of the voice



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Thank you thank you thank you!! I have recently started my own vocal studio, and though I have studied music education for years in college, a private studio is a daunting task for me. Your site has made everything seem so simple and straightforward and has helped me to really get started. It is so comprehensive and well put together. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge so that music can be shared everywhere. :)
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Good for you! Yes, I know just what you mean. Every new endeavor requires a little bit of chutzpah -- not to say just brazening it out a bit, because you just can't be an expert at anything until you've done it for a while. All of us teachers have to learn how to teach... and you have to start somewhere.

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