Why Singers Should Do Scale Exercises

Introducing Calisthenics for the Singing Voice

This exercise system has been devised to demonstrate the validity of the arguments put forward in the previous articles. As documented in other essays much of the impetus behind this project came from my taking up the challenge of playing the natural (valveless) trumpet as used in the baroque period. On this instrument the main operating scale (The octave and beyond from 3rd space C) is played completely using mind and tongue control – (there is no configuration change being made to change the pitch) and, along with the natural horn, is the closest in required technique to the human voice. The skills I had to develop to master this instrument, especially in the use of the tongue began to influence my singing technique and I found that I had much more control over both words and notes than previously and this also led to techniques for correcting apparent ‘tone-deafness’. The system uses sequences of 4 vowel sounds in various permutations to move around the notes of the scale by step,skip, or leap generally spanning an octave but the important aspect is that these exercises are repeated over 6 defined pitch ranges in total spanning d to c’’’’ for female voices and D to c’’’ for male voices. This means that you are singing a very focused pattern right across the bridge points between registers and achieves the required blending of those registers in a manner which reflects actual singing. The particular use of the tongue which is clearly described in the system notes ensures that the vocal tract and hence the voice remain relaxed and there is no strain. The voice develops the flexibility needed to sing in any style and sound authentic in each.
(eg I trained a ‘pop/country’ performer to authentically sing Messiah arias with all those florid runs and trills with the result that he was able to sing his usual repertoire much more effectively!!!) The exercises are all supported by fully composed keyboard accompaniments so the warm-ups/exercises are sung rhythmically rather than having a rather unstructured track of just the scale notes going remorselessly up and down the keyboard.

The system is published as

(1) A hard copy manual with 9 audio CDs and a disc of MP3 files cross-referenced to the manual (cost GB£ 35.00 (incl p&p)(ca. US$ 62.00)

(2) A self-contained CDrom plus the disc of MP3 files
(cost GB£ 22.00 (incl p&p)(ca. US$ 35.00)

(3) As 8 progressive downloadable modules
(priced at GB£ 3.00 per module.)

Purchase would be from a secure PayPal page on the website. For overseas posting from the UK the economical choice would be the CDrom/MP3 files combination or the downloadable modules which can be purchased one at a time.
Given the amount of research and technical work involved I believe the cost to be very reasonable – there is about 6 hours worth of material in the set if one was able to sing from the Low Range to the Amazingly High Range.(The latter is well into the whistle register)( 26 exercises – 320 individual backing tracks)

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please go HERE for an extended argument for the calisthenics