My New Favorite Piano Scale for Vocal Training

Joe NaabVocal Training

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NEW LOOPING VOCAL SCALES FOR YOUR VOCAL EXERCISES

If you enjoy getting better at singing as much as I do, then you probably also do vocal exercises at home to different types of vocal scales. In addition to the original collection of free vocal scales that I made available last year, I'm now beginning to add new scales collections, beginning with what has become my new favorite scale, the 2-octave looper.

IT'S HARD TO FIND GOOD PIANO SCALES FOR TRAINING

After spending days trying to find piano scales on mp3 somewhere online with no success, I decided to create them for myself. These scales have become so important to me in my quest to get better at singing that I now make the extra effort to replicate the scales for all voice types so I can share them with others who face a similar problem.

DO DIFFERENT SCALES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR TRAINING?

While it's certainly possible to use a single scale for most exercises, I've found that some scales are better suited for some exercises than others. For example, the ever-important messa di voce exercise requires a unison scale, meaning a single note repeating itself for the entire phrase. Agility exercises require faster tempos. Beginning singers are better off with scales that have smaller intervals whereas advanced singers will want to train with larger intervals.

Further, beginning students will need to train the lower and middle range of their voice before training the high end of their voice, so having vocal scales for different ranges is extremely useful.

THE BENEFITS OF USING A "LOOPING" VOCAL SCALE

What do I mean by a "looping" scale? Typically, an exercise will begin with a scale that starts at the lower end of your range. You perform an exercise on a single exhale, and then the scale repeats itself one half-step higher each time until you are at the high end of your range. Then, you usually descend in the same manner.

With a looping scale, you repeat the exercise each time over the same range until the end of the exercise.

Example #1

Let's say you're a tenor, intermediate to advance and you want to work your standard two-octave range from C3 to C5. With a two-octave looping chromatic scale (listen to the sample below) you work the full range, 24 half-steps, up and down, with each phrase, over and over again.

2-Octave Tenor (C3 to C5)
NOTE: This sample repeats three times. The actual mp3 from the free collection plays for 3 minutes and can be looped to last longer.

Example #2

If two-octaves is too much for you, I've also created a one-octave version that repeats the scale twice for each phrase. Have a listen:

The above sample is for the lower octave of the tenor range and there are many ranges covered in the free vocal scale collection.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE VOCAL SCALES NOW!

There are presently two collections for download, our large original vocal scales collections and the new looping chromatic vocal scales. Follow those links to the respective download pages and give them a try!

About the Author

Joe Naab

Joe Naab is the founder of Vocal Nebula and an avid singer. He lives a contemplative life in the forested countryside of south Brazil with his canine companion, Luna. He grows most of what he eats. He enjoys helping others to sing better.