warm ups

use these free warm up exercises to prepare your voice before you sing, and develop the technical skills (legato singing, flexibility etc) that will help you excel in your repertoire.

Please note that exercises have been uploaded in the keys most suitable for warming up, which means working in the middle of your voice rather than the extremes. You shouldn't work the top of your voice, for example, until your teacher says you are ready to focus on that part of your technique, and your voice is thoroughly warmed up.

For that reason, you'll notice that not all exercises are available in the highest voice keys - high voiced singers should mostly work in the medium-high range when warming up. Please don't email us saying we've missed keys - these choices are deliberate and designed to help you get the most out of your warm-ups.

While these exercises are considered safe and valuable in vocal development, we don't know your individual voice or circumstances. Please take your teacher's advice when choosing exercises and repertoire. If a key feels too high for you, STOP. When warming up, sing in the comfortable part of your voice.

Pentascale

Sing this scale using vowels your teacher has given you eg. on a single sound like 'nee' or using a sequence of vowels eg. 'nee, neh (nay), nah, noh, noo'. Keep your tone consistent, your singing legato (smooth), and your volume even. Don't bang on the top notes! Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Pentascale x 3 (Fast)

Sing this scale (which repeats three times at each pitch) using vowels your teacher has given you eg. on a single sound like 'nee' or using a sequence of vowels like 'nee, neh, nah'. Keep your tone consistent, your singing legato (smooth), and your volume even. Don't bang on the top notes!Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Triplet Runs
Sing this scale using vowels your teacher has given you eg. on 'nee', or use words like 'animal vegetable' to combine legato singing with good diction. Keep your tone consistent, your singing legato (smooth), and your volume even throughout. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Laughing Scale

Sing this staccato exercise (root, 3rd and 5th) on 'ah'. Keep your sound high and light to mimick the sound of a laugh. Don't push on the high notes, sing them lightly. If it gets too high for you, stop. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Pentascale with staccato onset

Sing this exercise on the sound your teacher gets you to work with most often eg. 'nee' or 'nah'. Keep a 'high and light' position. You want to touch gently on the notes in this scale, don't bang on them. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Descending Pentascale

This is a great exercise for developing legato (smooth singing) and also working on your resonance, depending upon which consonants and vowels you use. We recommend you sing this on 'nyah' or 'nyee'. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Exercise on 4 Notes

This exercise uses a 4-note pattern to build flexibility and accuracy in pitch. Sing 'Don Giovanni, Leporello' to work on accuracy and diction (and, yes, this is a great exercise for contemporary singers too! Don't be put off by a couple of Italian words.) Or sing on 'nee' or 'nah', whichever vowel is best placed in your voice. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Breath Extender

Use this exercise to stretch your breathing capacity while moving across an octave range. Sing with legato (smoothly) on 'nee' or 'nah', or whatever sound your teacher likes you to use most often. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Legato Challenge

This notes in this exercise are quite simple, but don't be misled. The challenge is to sing it as beautifully and smoothly as you can. We want even tone, smooth consistent vibrato, and a lush outpouring of beauty in the sound you make. Don't push, though. Make it beautiful, not big. Sing this exercise on your best sound eg. 'nee' or 'nah', then sing on other vowels (ah, eh, ee, oh, oo) to build consistency across all vowels. As you get higher in your range, you may need to modify your vowel sound a little - talk to your teacher about what this means if you're not sure. Alternatively, we like to get our students to sing this exercise using a changing vowel pattern to work on placement and resonance. To do this, sing the ascending part of the phrase on 'nee', then change to 'ah' at the top, carrying the 'ah' sound down. Then start the next phrase on 'nee' and repeat. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Staccato Jumps

This exercise is great for approaching and stretching the top of your voice, by touching on high notes lightly, which is safer and easier than trying to sustain them. Think 'high and light' when you're singing this exercise. Touch on the notes lightly, don't push them or add weight. The goal is to make a perfectly in tune, bell-like sound on the staccatos - small and true. Sing on 'ah' with a clean onset (not aspirated or glottal - talk to your teacher if you don't know what this means). This exercise is brilliant for developing vocal flexibility and subtle accuracy of pitch. If you want to be able to sing cool riffs, this is for you. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Arpeggio Runs

This exercise is great for both flexibility and legato. The goal is to keep consistent tone and volume throughout your range - don't let the top notes jump out! Keep it smooth, keep it even, sing it easy. You can't push your way through an exercise like this, you need to let it flow. Let your breath do the work. This exercise repeats three times at each pitch. We get our students to sing it on 'ee, eh, ah' ie. sing 'ee' the first time, 'eh' on the second repeat at the same pitch, and 'ah' on the final repeat at that pitch. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone.

Arpeggio Stretch

Ignite your Italianate passion with this gorgeous arpeggio stretch. Sing this exercise mezzo voce (with natural, easy volume, not loud or soft), allowing your voice to stretch gently on top. Don't take this exercise too high. If your voice starts to feel like it's straining, stop (as always!). If you were stretching your muscles before or after exercising, you'd stretch gently, not to the point where you felt like anything was about to pop. Treat your voice to the same care. Aim for legato (smooth singing), consistent tone, and even volume throughout. Click the Download link on the right of the audio file to download this practice track to your computer or phone. Higher voice versions coming soon.