The Sing Thing 2
‘A series of more challenging exercises
designed to improve vocal flexibility and accuracy’.

Copyright: Hand Maid Music 2000 - free to download here (zipped file).

Below  are descriptions of the exercises on the CD/download. The initial tracks (not listed below) are my explanation of each exercise, the subsequent tracks are the exercises themselves. The download comes with graphics so you can see which track is which.

Over the years I have sold thousands of these CDs worldwide and have made my money back plus a reasonable return - they are now free. These exercises with groove backings were the first of their kind in the UK and work (if properly understood) just as well today.

I hope they help you with your singing.

01. Up A Bit, Down A Bit. Up the Major Scale to the fifth, back to the first, then repeat the pattern starting on the second. Helps develop agility and accuracy with the intervals of this most common of scales.

02. Halfway Up Slowly. Major Scale again, this time leaping increasing intervals. 1, 2, 1, 3 etc. Up to five and back down again, then continue the pattern a tone higher.

03. Halfway Up Quickly. Good for agility but make sure you don't do it 'on the throat'. Quite long and fast... quite a challenge!

04. Going Down Slowly.  Dropping down the Major Scale, trying not to hold the 'tension' of the first and highest note in the lower notes. Free and easy - we hope.

05. All The Way Up. Staying with the Major Scale and similar to exercise 2 but this time going all the way up to the octave. Be sure to maintain support for the intervals up near the octave.

06. Jumping & Sliding. An octave leap with a slur back down. Looking for accuracy and comfort on the leap and smoothness and freedom from constriction on the slur down.

07. Little By Little. Introducing the Chromatic Scale. This one is quite fast and fine. Make sure that your semitones are semitones. Keep the air flowing, don't control in the throat.

08. Happy Sad Blues. Arpeggios on Major and Minor triads being careful to make that semitone distinction. This one in harder than it at first appears.

09. Sad Happy Blues. The reverse of exercise 8. This one starting with a Minor triad.

10. Tritone Blues. Practise that - seemingly - most awkward of intervals. The tritone or flattened fifth.

11. Whole Tone Blues. Utilising the Whole Tone Scale. This one uses very long phrases so you'll need to make sure your breathing is in shape. If it’s good enough for Stevie Wonder…

12. Diminished Blues. The Diminished Scale that alternates semitone and tone intervals - in this case starting with a semitone. You'll need to get your ear used to it and again, long phrases so breathe properly!

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