Vocal Exercises


 Here are easy voice placement exercises taken from my book to help focusing your voice properly in the face and get you ready to start
 your school day :

 Warm-up #4: Lip Bubbles

 This one is a lot of fun and known worldwide for its effectiveness.  Most singers use the lip bubbles to warm-up their voice and place it in the 
 mask therefore so should you!

 a)  Seal you lips together. 
 b)  
Take a deep breath through your nose.  Watch for your posture; stand up straight!
 c)  
Push the air out of your mouth using your support to produce a sound and let your lips vibrate on lip bubbles.  Start at the very bottom of 
 your range.  Than, go up to your very top.  You can make your pitch go up and down all you want!  It takes quite a considerate amount of air
 pressure to achieve this.  You should feel your diaphragm pulling down and a buzzing sensation on and around your lips.

 d)
 Remember to keep the tip of your tongue  forward and slightly on top of your front lower teeth.
 e)  Your lips must remain absolutely relaxed to be able to pull this off.  If you’re not successful, it means your lips are too tensed; relax!
 f)  
Repeat a few times!

Click below for audio example:
Warm-Up #4

 Warm-up #5: Lip Bubble Variations

 These exercises start the same way as the one above except that you will break them in half to allow your speaking voice to be heard on a 
 specific sound or vowel.

 a)  Seal you lips together. 
 b)  
Take a deep breath through your nose.  Watch for your posture; stand up straight!
 c)  
Push the air out of your mouth using your support to produce a sound and let your lips vibrate on lip bubbles.  Start at the very bottom of
 your range.  Than, go up to your very top. 
 d)  
Open your mouth on the sound “ah”.
 e)  
From the top of your range, slide down to the bottom of it.
 f)  
Repeat five times!
 g)  
You can do the same exercise starting at the top of your range with the lip bubbles than opening your mouth at the bottom and slide back
 up on “ah”.
 h)  Another variation is to choose different sounds to sing on.  The English "e'" and the French sound "on" work particularly well.

Click below for audio example:
Warm-Up #5 "Ah"
Warm-Up #5 "E"
Warm-Up #5 "On"



Valerie Bastien is a vocal coach, teacher, musician and freelance journalist.
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