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.
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, school choir 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!
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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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 …
Mama made me mash my M&M's Dana: That's hard to say!
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 54321 15453525 1545321 15453525 1545678 Finger placement = 1 on C, 2 on D etc. Sing numbers to the melody played as indicated by finger …
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 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 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.
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?
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', …