Here’s Your 5 Free Vocal Training Exercises

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I have prepared 5 of our most popular vocal training exercises from These 5 exercises will give you a quick and easy headstart into the exciting and fun world of singing, and allow you to set your voice up with a strong basic foundation!

1. Basic Lip Trill Exercise

The lip trill is one of the most basic of the vocal warmups that a singer can do, and is an exercise that many singing teachers teach as well.

Imagine you are swimming, and your head is submerged under the surface of the water. When you blow air out from your lips, there will be a ‘brbrbrbr’ sound, and your lips will vibrate naturally and easily.

Close up view of small boy swimming under water

Now try to repeat this lip motion out of the water, allowing the breath to escape your lips and bring them into a light, regular vibration. (This is why vocal instructors also refer to the lip trill as ‘bubble’, because it is just like what we do when we are blowing bubbles underwater!)

The audio clip below will show you what a lip trill sounds like, if you were just to use your breath and lips, without producing any specific pitch or vocal tone:

You basically only hear the sound of breath passing through your lips, and your lips vibrating as a result of that air passing through.

Here is an audio clip of a lip trill performed on a single note:

The main point to note here is that you are not pushing too hard with your breath during this lip trill exercise. The lips should be vibrating lightly and evenly, with a good regular air flow being sustained during this vibration.

If you are unable to let your lips vibrate freely, place one finger from each hand on each side of your face (near where dimples would usually be), and gently push inwards and upwards into your face with your fingers, supporting your lips in the process. This lifts the weight of the lips, and also helps to reduce unnecessary tension when doing the lip trill.

Once you have gotten the hang of this lip trill exercise, and are able to do it with specific pitches, you can try varying the pitch and doing the lip trill with different pitches.

This serves as a simple and easy vocal warmup to start off your singing training with us!

2. Basic Major Scale Singing

Singing a Major Scale is one of the easiest ways in which we can warm up our voice and also train our pitching ability at the same time!

Piano Keys

A Major Scale is made up of 7 basic notes which are:

Doh Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti

To complete the major scale, a last Doh is added in a higher octave to continue from the Ti note.

If we were to write it in solfege, this is what it would look like:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 with a final high 1 (Doh)

To sing this scale as a vocal warmup, we start from a low note then slowly work our way to the higher ranges.

For example, male students can begin with a B note as Doh, whereas female students can begin with an A flat note as the starting Doh for the major scale.

Here is a B Major Scale for male students to practise with: (The 1st note of the scale is played longer first, in order for you to catch the key to be sung.)

Here is an A flat Major Scale for female students to practise with:

We can also sing the major scale starting from the highest note and singing down to its starting note.

This trains us to be more nimble in our pitching, and also subjects our voice to a greater initial strain and then progressively less tension as we sing down towards the lower notes in the scales.

Try the scale out both ways and try to feel how different your voice reacts to the same scale in different directions! You can also access the entire set of training scales by moving on to the next phase of your vocal training with us!


3. Basic Vocal Range Extender

This simple vocal exercise helps to build strength in the singing voice, and uses a simple syllable ‘Gi’ to assist in the task.

Strong Biceps

The ‘Gi’ syllable helps to keep the vocal tone more oral, and also helps to aid in proper vocal fold closure.

Notice how we hit the top note of each key at least 4 times before going back to the lower notes in the scale. This helps to condition your vocal folds and get them used to those high notes, and they will be better able to produce them with each practice that you do!

Do also try to produce a solid and less airy sound especially on the high notes. Producing airy or weak sounds up high will not aid you in developing a strong and wide singing range.

4. Vocal Flexibility and Accuracy Exercise

This vocal flexibility and accuracy exercise is basically using a simple Major Arpeggio Scale with the ‘Gi’ syllable that we practised above, to train your voice to be able to hit pitches with greater ease and accuracy.

Here is a demonstration clip for your reference:

Notice that the voice is light and easy, yet not airy or weak. Also, the various pitches sung are accurate, and the singer does not force the notes at the top, especially the high head voice notes. Many of us strain our throats when we sing the high notes, creating problems in our singing training.

Throat Pain

For female singers, here is the music for the Vocal Flexibility Exercise that you can use for self-practice. You may find your voice going lighter as you go up higher in pitch, but just remember not to force your way up by using more breath, but try to find an easier way to get up to those high pitches.

For male singers, here is the music you can use for your self practice. Remember not to use too thick or heavy a voice when you sing up high. If you have any doubts, play the demonstration clip again and listen to the male singer’s voice, and then try to imitate it.


5. Basic Vocal Smoothness Exercise

For the final Vocal Exercise that I am providing for you on this page for FREE, I would like to share with you a slightly more advanced exercise which I call, the ‘Basic Vocal Smoothness Exercise’.

Even though it is named ‘Basic’, it is pretty challenging because it tests you to sing with a smooth tone over 5 basic pitches, and it also makes you take notice of how much force you use when you sing, and how you can reduce this excessive force.

Here is a demonstration clip to show you what I mean:

The aim of this 5 tone scale is actually to get us to try to bridge the various vocal positions that we sing with, and to be able to sing from low to high without strain and without losing the strength in our voice too!

building bridges

It should all sound like one connected voice, and is certainly possible as shown in the demonstration sound clip above!

Here are some practice music clips for the male voice and the female voice, for your practice convenience:

Male Vocal Smoothness Singing Exercise

Female Vocal Smoothness Singing Exercise

Now that you have 5 Basic Vocal Exercises to start you off on your singing journey, I just know that you are going to achieve great things with your singing voice!

Those of you who are ready to move on to the next phase of your vocal training, and receive the entire set of our vocal exercises and training videos, click here to find out more! 🙂

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