There are certain patterns you hear very often in vocal exercises, usually involving the root, third, and fifth of the scale. I use these patterns most often myself, in lessons. But it’s good to exercise other intervals and other degrees of the scale too!
I found this to be important recently while recording a tune for a jazz album I’m doing with Pete Hartley. I was landing on the wrong note in certain phrases because I was out of training for singing certain intervals quickly.
So, instead of an article today, I just have some free downloads for you. These vocal exercise backing tracks include minor scales and degrees of the scale other than the root, third, and fifth – in particular the minor third, the fourth, and the dominant and major seventh. Next week I will provide more downloads focusing on other notes in the scale such as the second, flat second, sixth, and tritone (flat fifth).
Use any common syllable(s) to exercise with them: mah, ee, nay, meow, bup, ah, muh… the point is to tune your voice exactly to these less commonly used intervals.
Each of these scales covers both the male and female range; you should NOT be able to sing every pitch. Stop singing when the exercise is out of your range.
- Minor third
- Minor third with major seventh
- Minor third with dominant seventh
- Major and minor second
(c) 2011 Adrienne Osborn