Monday, June 18, 2012

5 Essential Steps for Voice Practice at Home

Here is a check list for practicing voice at home.

1. Stretch - Make sure you stretch and relax your muscles before you start your voice workout. 

  • Do neck rolls to relax your neck muscles.
  • Reach for the sky and stretch your waist and chest.
  • Touch your toes.

2. Breathing Exercises – Singing is all about exhaling so work on lengthening and controlling your exhale.

  • Inhale for a count of 10 then exhale for a count of 15.  Work up to doing this 10 times.

3.  Lip and Tongue Trills – loosen your lips and your tongue by doing trills to one of the scales.

  • A lip trill is when you relax your lip muscles and blow so your lips flap, such as when you make a motorboat sound or blow a raspberry.
  • A tongue trill is like when you purr like a cat or roll your r’s.

4.  Warm-up Scales – Singing scales will warm up your throat, your vocal chords and stretch your range.  Just like lifting weights where you gradually increase the weights so you can lift heavier and heavier weights, you need to gradually stretch your range in order to sing lower and higher, until you reach your full range.

  • Sing with the CD I have given you, play the piano for different scales or sing with my warm-up video.

5.  Song – Now it is time to practice your special piece.

  • Break the song up into sections and sing each section one at a time.  Go over the section until it sounds good.  Remember to work on the techniques your teacher has given you.
  • Then sing the entire song all the way through.

Tips and Tricks - For more tips read 10 Habits for a Healthy Voice

  • Remember to drink lots of water before you begin practicing and all day long to keep your entire body, including your vocal chords, hydrated.
  • Remember to open your mouth!
  • Remember to breath!
  • Most importantly, have fun!
For more voice tips read 10 Habits for a Healthy Voice.


  1. Tonya I know that you've already received this award in the past but I am re-awarding your blog the One Lovely Blog award :)

    You can learn more about it on my blog
    Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching

    1. Thank you Miss L for the lovely blog award! I really appreciate it!

    Tonya, above it a link to another award for you!
    And, nice information. People don't realize all that should be done for the voice and this is very helpful. No one says this! Thanks! Carolyn

    1. Thank you for the star blogger award, Carolyn! I love it! Thank you for reading about voice practice!