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The Voice: Vocal Warmups and Diction Exercises for Singers and Actors

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That's right! FREE vocal warmups to improve diction!

Got your tongue twisted? Untwist those tongues with a totally twistable tongue twister. Learn one or more of these every morning. Say it when you can throughout each day. There are twenty six of them. After saying each of them throughout the day for twenty six days, recite them all out loud, from memory. See how many you remember. Just try it. Assign one a day to yourself.
Actors, vocalists and other speakers that need a "pick-me-up" before a business presentation, warm-up your voice before they perform or deliver! Here are some tongue twisters that you can use as a diction warm-up! Learn to speak clearly. These mouth moving exercises will work for the beginner through advanced-level vocalist. Make up your own rhythm and make the sentence work for you! You can make each sentence into "your own" little jingle. Each one could become the start of an improvised scene. You could even become inspiration to write a fantastic novel, or write a story based on one of the following warm-ups.

You may say these warmups however you like. Find your own rhythm and speed. I recommend starting slow and then increase your speed gradually. Admittedly, some of the warmups may seem kind of odd. Some may even look stupid to you at first. Don't worry about that. Do them anyway. They have been designed to have both simple and quite complex patterns and are easy to remember.

Ready? Give it a shot. Don't forget to breathe!

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Free Vocal Warm ups - Set 1

1. Ah-blah, alligator; blah-blah, anticipator

2. Beckoned Becky, boasted Bobby, believed babbling Brooke.

3. Can't David Eat Fish, Gail?

4. Honduras has horrible hamburgers.

5. In Jeffrey Kemp's last meeting, no one presentation remained solid.

6. Trust the tongue twisters to tickle that tongue.

7. Ugly vampires wear extraordinarily yellow zippers.

8. Alligators - Baboons - Cats - Dogs - Elephants - Fish

9. Gorillas - Horses - Iguanas - Jaguars - Kangaroos

10. Llamas - Monkeys - Newts - Octopus - Porcupines

11. Quail - Rabbits - Snakes - Turtles - Unicorns - Yaks - Zebra

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Don't get upset about your voice getting tired.

With proper vocal warmups and warm downs, you can maximize your vocal time.
With proper vocal warmups and warm downs, you can maximize your vocal time.
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Free Vocal Warmups - Set 2

This set of free warm ups are to be used for practicing pure vowel sounds. They are to be said rhythmically with breaths after each line. Good luck and have fun!

A (pronounced ah)

ah - zah - ah - zah - ah - zah - ah

bah - yah - bah - yah - bah - yah - bah

cah - xah - dah - xah - cah - xah - cah

dah - wah - dah - dah - gah - dah - gah

E (pronounced eh)

feh - veh - feh - veh - feh - veh - feh

geh - teh - geh - teh - geh - teh - geh

heh - seh - heh - seh - heh - seh - heh

jeh - reh - jeh - reh - jeh - reh - jeh

I (pronounced ee)

kee - nee - kee - nee - kee - nee - kee

lee - mee - lee - mee - lee - mee - lee

mee - lee - mee - lee - mee - lee - mee

nee - kee - nee - kee - nee - kee - nee

O (pronounced oh)

poh - joh - poh - joh - poh - joh - poh

roh - hoh - roh - hoh - roh - hoh - roh

soh - goh - soh - goh - soh - goh - soh

toh - foh - toh - foh - toh - foh - toh

U (pronounced oo)

voo - doo - voo - doo - voo - doo - voo

woo - coo - woo - coo - woo - coo - woo

yoo - boo - yoo - boo - yoo - boo - yoo

zoo - oo - zoo - oo - zoo - oo - zoo

More about Warmups Set 2.

By doing each of the warmups in Set 2, you will speed through the entire alphabet. Go through them all just 5 times and you'll actually go through the alphabet 10 times. Truly a great workout and warm up for the vocalist/actor/speaker! I'm not going to say that this is a full vocal warm-up. You should spend 15 minutes or more on warming them up. However, this is a great vocal warm-up tool. Feel free to remember them! Anyway, much success on your Voice and/or Public Speaking Adventures. Don't forget to print this out or bookmark it so that you can practice these and commit them to memory.

Easy Diction Exercise!

Here are some more Tongue Twister pages for you to work on diction and warm up with...

Free Vocal Warmups - Set 3 - Tongue Twisters

Tip - Try your best to say the tongue twisters as briskly and as crisply as possible.

  • Top of the day. Tip top. Tippity toppity snip snop.
  • Babbling, Ben brought Babs to behave badly.
  • David tried drying tomatoes daily, due to Dina's tremendous diet.
  • Paul pruned Penelope's pansies leaving Penelope perplexed.
  • Mable had a maple tree. Mable's maple tree didn't make maple syrup for Mable. Is Mable's maple unable?
  • Twenty little leopards laughed at two lofty lions.
  • Imagine having an imaginative imagination.
  • Many mice are mighty mice.
  • Thirty-three times three plus one is me.
  • Sure, Sally sold sixty shells at the sea's shore, but Sue sold seventy seven! Sally, surprised at Sue's success, screamed and shouted seventeen times; "Sue's shells are shabby! Sally's shells are chic!" Sue said to Sally, "Say what?" Then Sue shouted, "Sally sold sixty six shells, so she's upset. Sorry for shouting!"

It takes time to truly treasure the twisting of the tongue, huh?

Tongue Twisters are Great for Warmups, and...

  • All things speech related, to put it simply. If you speak in front of people, if you speak on the phone and even if you sing, tongue twisters can get the blood flowing to the right places in your mouth, jaw, cheeks and even other important facial muscles!
  • Tongue twisters take a tole on the tongue. Your goal should be to make the tongue tired, but to make the tongue wired! (This will come with practice!)
  • Just to have fun with!

Free Vocal Warm ups - Set 4

  • Warming up and warming down is worth a little time.
  • Much can be accomplished with some rhythm and some rhyme.
  • They will help your voice to get itself to maxi-range.
  • Even though the sounds of each may be a little strange.

Free Vocal Warm ups - Set 5

  • Mashed Potato. Smashed Tomato.
  • Baked Tomato. Burned Potato.
  • Lunch with Potatoes. Dinner with Tomatoes.
  • Potato, Tomato. Tomatoes, Potatoes.

Free Vocal Warm ups - Set 7

Directions: Start on an easy-to-sing note: perhaps C. Sing every work (and syllable) on that note. Then work your way up, chromatically and then down, chromatically.

Laugh a little -
Laugh a little -
Laugh a little louder.

Ha! He-ha! He, ha!
Ho-hu, he.

(Repeat.)

Free Vocal Warm Ups - Set 6

(Start pianissimo. End fortissimo.)
(That means start very soft, end very loud.)

  • Mini me. Mini me. Mini me. Mini me.
  • Medium, medium, medium, medium.
  • Maxi, maxi, maxi, maxi me!

Free Vocal Warm Ups - Set 8


a. Another annoying ant ate all of Aunt Annie's apples at Anna's abode.

b. Ben boasted about Brenda's baking buns.

c. Cindy carried coffee to Carla Cummings.

d. Diana danced on a date.

e. Effortlessly, Elvin even eats every berry.

f. Frank's effort, firm and frank, was fine.

g. Grandma's gaudy garb gave Gary gusto to get going.

h. Howard Hopkins helped hire Henrietta Henry; however, Henry Howard helped hire Harry Hinkley.

i. Irma invited India and Ingrid inside.

j. Jimmy Johnson is joyful in Jakarta.

k. Katrina kept kindness close for karmic causes.

l. Lorna, Lena and Lewis loved living in Lithgow.

m. Morning Glories morn in glory in the morning, Glory.

n. Nancy knew nice was nicer than not nice.

o. Ottawa offered Omar a/an home.

p. Patrick provided Paula with purple petunias.

q. Queenie quivered from cold, quietly, in Canada.

r. Ramifications of not readying required reading requires readers to be re-remediated as re-remedial readers.

s. Surely Sandy Somers sought sight-seeing in San Sabastian.

t. Three tasty treats were treated to Tanya in Taiwan.

u. Under an upside-down umbrella, Ulmer undoubtedly gets un-dry.

v. Vincent vengefully "va-roomed" the Viper at Violet.

w. Watch out while witches wander in winter, wondering whether the weather is a rather.

x. Exhausted, Xena zapped Xona.

y. Yabba Yebba Yibba Yobba Yubba. Yappy, yeppy, yippy, yoppy, yuppy.

z. Zanga, zenga, zinga, zonga, zunga. Zigga, zugga, zagga, zebba, zooba.

* Tip of the day - When you are warming up the voice with any of the above warm-ups, or any other vocal warm-ups for that matter, have plenty of water or other clear liquids handy. Being hydrated is easier on vocal chords, causes less strain and is simply healthier for you. Don't drink milk! Milk coats your throat and you will not get a "pure" sound. Well that about wraps it up for my advice today.

Other Quick Vocal Tips

Don't forget to breathe properly. Use good diction, even if you're reciting a part that doesn't require it. Differentiate between your "D" and your "T." (very, very common mistake.) Make each statement, every single word, stand out.

Free Vocal Warmups

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Comments 23 comments

moses 5 years ago

wow great,

this is wonderful for encouraging, developing, and inspiring up coming artist over the world, keep up the good work.


Kelcey-Chinchillaluver 5 years ago

Hey these really helped with my voice everyone says I sound better when I havn't even told them I used these! THANKS!!


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rajivnandy 4 years ago from India !!

hey !! these exercises are really awsumm ....d u no nethin tht helps if u hv a nassal twang in the voice ?


Dvid Heath 4 years ago

great place here


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Idyllwild, California. Level 7 Commenter

I found the vocal warm ups interesting. Thank you for sharing this useful information. I look forward to more of your hubs. Thumbs up!


b.p.rao 4 years ago

thanking you very much I am glad to hear vocal warm up interesting


kat  4 years ago

thanks for sharing these exercises, they have really helped with my voices for when i am acting. Now i can speak loud, clearly and in the voice of my charecter. The audience and my teacher have noticed an improvement(:


kendall 4 years ago

these are cool i wil show my friends even the potato tomato one


Madisson 3 years ago

Hello. I am a proffesional singer and go to MAAD it is a music and arts district and I must say these warmups are extroardinary


Miley Cyrus 3 years ago

Wow, These warm-ups are great! I use them everyday!


jessica 3 years ago

these warm-ups are great!!!!!!!!!


Nicki Minaj 3 years ago

These are awesome! I use these all the time


Kelly 3 years ago

WOW! awesome warm up tips. I also found some wonderful info about online singing lessons at http://singingcenter.com/online-singing-lessons.ht...


Julia 3 years ago

Hmmm... author of this seems familiar... Anyway, good to see these warm-ups. Might try to use some in rehearsals.


Kaylah 2 years ago

Thank you so much for this, I really appreciate .


akriti maurya 2 years ago

hey i find these helpful,,,,,,,thank u!!!!!!!


lolum 2 years ago

good im 8 and if u hair my voice youll be very very very happy cuz when i say here is a tip do this breath in aand make this sound haa u no wat sound then breath out then say la la la la la la as soon as u finish breath out ok


bill clinton 2 years ago

Wow this was a big help from you guys


nemain 2 years ago

Grasias! Fue un exito con mi clase the coro, y han majorado tanto!


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louromano 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing it... I really love it..


Heather 2 years ago

Thank you for this. I want to use the sets so I don't lose my voice whilst teaching English to foreigners, and believe they'll be great stress relief for the students too. We can have a good laugh whilst falling over our tongues; in cheek.


hemant 20 months ago

these warm ups are rellay good and helpful...i use it daily ..thanks for sharing


1223 2 months ago

this a great warm up really use this eveday like miley cycur thank u

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