Singing Exercises for
Sustaining Our Vocals Well!

There are many Singing Exercises that can target our Vocal Sustain, or our ability to sustain our voice well when we sing, especially at the end of long phrases.

I will be introducing to you a useful vocal exercise that you can practise with at home, so that you will be able to sustain your voice well and also produce a great singing tone at the same time!

Before we begin, please make sure you do some basic vocal warmups before we embark on our vocal exercises, so as to avoid any vocal abuse or harm. You may also wish to practise some breathing exercises as these will come in handy for our Vocal Sustain Singing Exercises! Now, Vocal Sustain depends on a number of things: 1) Great Breath Support
In order to sustain our voice when we sing, we need to ensure that our voice is well supported by our breath, and that our breath is not shaky or unsteady. If our breath is unsteady, the voice will definitely reflect this and our vocals will be shaky when we are sustaining or singing a long note or word. 2) Good Vocal Production
We need to produce a solid and balanced sound when we sing, so that we are able to sustain the long note or word well. If our voice is too airy, we will be unable to sustain our vocals when we sing because there is too much air rushing out through our vocal cords! By keeping the amount of air passing through our vocal cords at an optimum level, we can create a good balance between Breath and Voice, and the sound that we produce will be a good and solid one! I have recorded a simple demonstration of the Vocal Sustain Singing Exercise for you to take reference from. Notice that the singer’s voice is stable when sustaining the long note, and that the tone he is using is also bright and solid and not overly airy. The vowel used here for this exercise is an ‘Eh’ vowel, and will help you to also place your voice in a more forward position when you sing!

Vocal Sustain Demonstration

Also notice that the singer’s voice is smooth as he moves from note to note in this basic scale consisting of 5 notes (Doh, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol) in an ascending and descending manner. There are no vocal breaks, and each scale is performed in one breath.

Now, it is your turn to try it out!

I have kept the keys for the singing exercises relatively low so that the risk of vocal abuse is lower, and also so that you would be able to master these exercises quickly.

There is also always a risk that you may harm your singing voice when you practise on your own! This is especially if we have not developed the ability to listen to ourselves and to know whether we are doing the exercises properly or not.

As a general rule of thumb, STOP and REST whenever your voice or throat begins to hurt or feel tired, and do seek medical attention if the pain persists.

Here is the music for female singers to practise their vocal sustain:

Female Vocal Sustain Exercise

Here is the music for male singers to practise sustaining their voice on a long note:

Male Vocal Sustain Exercise

Remember to keep your singing tone in a forward position, with a slightly nasal sound produced. This will help you to be able to sing with a brighter vocal resonance, as well as allow you to project your voice more without using too much force or effort!

There are also more pitching exercises for singing that you can try out if you wish to improve your sense of pitch when you sing!

I sincerely hope that these Vocal Sustain Singing Exercises will be beneficial to you and will teach you how to sustain your singing voice in a stable and well-supported manner!

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