Trying to improve your vocal range in singing is one of the struggles for most beginners because it needs proper coordination and exercises of muscles in the body. Some can do better than other singers in reaching certain ranges. There are a few reminders for singers that they need to work on in order to achieve the voice beyond the normal range. Here are key vocal singing exercises to help you improve your vocal range:
Breathing exercises help balance and synchronize your voice and your breath, essential for you to produce a good, high tone when you sing. A quick and easy breathing exercise is to inhale in as much air as you can, then let it out slowly through quick, tiny exhalations. This helps to gain control of your breathing and helps improve phrasing.
Another easy breathing exercise is to say “shhh!” (like you’re shushing your kid brother) As loud as you can, for as long as your breath holds. This helps you become aware of your diaphragm and can teach you how to control it. When you’ve expended all your breath, simply let yourself inhale in a natural and relaxed manner to fill back the breath you’ve exhaled.
Head Voice and Chest Voice Vocal Exercises
Second in our vocal singing exercises is learn when to use your head voice and chest voice. When you deal with higher notes, the head voice must be used, while chest voice deals with lower notes to produce richer and fuller sound. On the other hand, you can encounter problems with the middle range when singing high notes to low notes, but this can be resolved with correct vocal exercises.
Access the chest voice by starting to work on your lower ranges. You may feel the notes vibrating and from this; you can start to work on the head voice. You can practice the head voice by singing an open vowel such as short “a,” or “e” vowel sound. Make sure that vowels do not sound nasal, feel the note vibrating at the back of your nose. As you increase your vocal range, feel the lower notes which are vibrating between your chest and nasal passages.
One of the best vocal signing exercises is singing vowels can help beginners to maintain a seamless sound when singing. Start slowly from one vowel to another. Try this: E to AH, E to EH, E to OH, and E to OO. Please take note that some singers are putting consonants in front of the vowels to contort the lips, this is not the proper way to do this exercise. If you are having some difficulty producing the AH sound, sing it at the back of your throat and not towards the front of the mouth.
Also, the “Gi” syllable vocal exercise may work to increase your vocal range. It has to sound like when you yawn and notice how you hit the top note of each key before going back to lower notes. When hitting the high notes, you produce a less airy sound and weak sounds in the head voice register.
Lip Rolling and Trills Exercises
Lip trills are like blowing bubbles underwater (although you don’t need to be anywhere near water to do this!). This helps the muscles on the face and particularly around the mouth relax, and lets you articulate your sound more clearly.
A relaxed throat is crucial for getting a full sound without straining. You can use any number of two-syllable combinations sung to a scale. This helps relax the larynx, voice box, and tongue and helps raise up the soft palate to give more room in the back of the throat for the voice to resonate. Try singing “la-ga,” “zee-wee,” “rah-ngah” or any other syllable combination. Make sure that your jaw is not moving. Put a finger or two on your chin to keep your jaw in place as you sing the scale.
Practice Words and Sounds
It’s not just about voice – it’s also about enunciation. Practicing simple sounds like “may, mee, mah, moo” can sound a little ridiculous, sure, but if you present your brain a healthy tongue-twisting then common words shouldn’t seem so hard to pronounce. Stuttering or stammering over your words can often be caused by placing too much pressure on yourself to pronounce something correctly. Stay relaxed and confident, and you’ll find out just how quickly you can change your voice to sound smoother, deeper, and more professional.