A quick Vocal Warm-Up for Intermediate/Advanced Vocalists with this vocalize going up then down then with a tag.
This Vocal Warm-Up for Intermediate/Advanced Vocalists is perfect to improve your musicality, your ear, your pitch and your vocal muscle.
You’ll improve your MUSICALITY
Because there are lots of notes in this vocalize, you need to pay attention all the way. Going up, going down and when singing the tag at the end. Because it is played on the piano, the vocalize may seems very classical or Broadway but it is up to you to try to spice it up.
What you could do is sing the classical version one time. If you’re not used to that, pretend you’re an opera singer, it should do the trick. Then, sing it a second time with your own style but always respect the tempo. You can vary the rhythm but not the tempo (you know the difference do you?)
You’ll improve your PITCH
Singing vocalizes is not only for classical singers, even Michael or Celine practice and sing vocalizes and there is a good reason! The more you repeat musical patterns, the best your muscle memory remembers the intervals between the notes. You’ll improve your pitch without noticing.
There is no magic here, it will not happen in 1 day. But if you’re serious with your singing and you warm-up, exercise and sing every day, you should hear tremendous progress!
You’ll get a better VOCAL MUSCLE
By repeating the musical patterns, you’re exercising the vocal folds. It is really like going to the gym. You wanna be in good shape, feel good and pretty? You exercise! You wanna sing without struggling? You exercise 😉
**See my singing tips under the video**
- Check your BODY ALIGNMENT
- SING THIS FIRST: Warm-Up #1
- Feel the TEMPO!
- PRONOUNCE the words well
- Mind your APERTURE
- LENGTHEN your sounds
- SPICE UP the vocalize
- RECORD yourself
1 – Check your BODY ALIGNMENT
Always pay attention to the way your body moves, even during an exercise or when singing a song. Our bodies are not always in alignment and it works against our sound.
So keep your head high (keep your chin down though) and be proud!
2 – SING THIS FIRST: Warm-Up #1
The vocalize is for intermediate or advanced singers though you can try to sing it if you’re a beginner but keep in mind that it is better to start small and to not miss a step than to go too high and take bad habits!
If you’re a beginner : Because you can sing it, it doesn’t mean you did it the right way, that you breath the right way, that you coordinated the notes the right way, that your formed your vowels the right way. So start with this Warm-Up for beginners.
If you’re an intermediate/advanced vocalist, maybe you’d like to start gently if you’ve not been speaking or singing at all today so start with this gentle Warm-Up.
3 – Feel the TEMPO!
The vocalize has a fast tempo. Stay focus and keep up with the pace. Don’t rush it but don’t slow it down either.
You can change the rhythm but not the tempo or you’ll be late for the next musical pattern and you’ll find it hard to breathe 😉
Clap, snap, tap with your foot to the beat…
4 – PRONOUNCE the words well
Sing as if you’d really like the audience to understand what you’re singing. You may have beautiful sounds but lazy consonants or you may shorten the words. For the exercise, try to say the “y” sound in “I” “my” “way” instead of singing “A’m” for “I’m” / “ma” for “my” / “wua” for “way”…
5 – Mind your APERTURE
Work on your aperture by pronouncing the words well. Sing as if you really want the crowd to understand the lyrics. Though you do not want to hyper articulate and look like a puppet, your mouth must open up a bit.
Yawn, relax your jaw, and sing with a mirror in front of you, that can help. You may notice you’re not opening the mouth.
6 – LENGTHEN your sounds
Because the vocalize has a fast tempo, you may be tempted to sing staccato (speeky, short and detached). You have the time though to lengthen your sounds by stretching the vowels.
Do it as much as you can so your voice is really a sung voice and not a spoken voice. But keep up with the beat or you’ll find yourself out of the tempo.
7 – SPICE UP the vocalize
You’ll notice I put my own little jazzy twist in the middle of the vocalize when going down. You could do the same with a jazzy or another style twist.
Maybe, sing the vocalize one time in a classical way. If you don’t know how to do that, pretend you’re an opera singer like Pavarotti. Then, sing it a second time with your own twist. I bet you can do that!
8 – RECORD yourself and Email me the video ++
First, you need to get used to listening to your voice. We all hate it when we start then we get used to it.
Second, I’ll be happy and honored to review/listen to your video of you singing the vocalize if you’d like to share it with me.
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