As I wrote about in a previous post, singing well and playing well doesn’t automatically equate to a singing pianist extraordinaire. It takes lots of practice miles of singing AND playing to get that smooth connection we all love from the great singing pianist such as Diana Krall and Fats Waller.
So playing your own vocal warm ups is a great way to improve your singing, whilst clocking in time accompanying yourself. If you know your skills well, than you can focus more on your voice.
If you are not familiar with your major scales, than this will also help you gain mastery over those as well. It’s a win, win, win.
First 5 Notes of All 12 Major Keys in Half Steps
You can start with the resonate Mmm sound over the first 5 notes of each major scale. Moving in Half steps, you’ll go from low to high. I’ve outlined my normal range here C3 to G5. It’s a common one for many women and men, so you can try it out exact and then adjust for your particular range.
First 5 of All Major Scales, Half Steps.pdf (261.8 KB)
For this very same exercise, you can change it up by singing mp Oo’s over it.
You can even do Bubble Lips over it! Sky’s the limit!
You’ll hear that my singing is not perfect, especially at the bottom and top of my range, as well as the breakpoint. Don’t worry about being perfect in your warm ups. Focus instead on deep breath work, and how your body feels when the sound is produced, how your posture is at the piano while you are playing and if you are able to lock in the notes on the piano with your voice.
When you use this as a warm up before your repertoire practice, you will see very quickly where your voice is that day. Over time, you’ll gain valuable information about your particular voice, and build an effortless connection that you’ll notice in your accompaniment.