Scales for Vocalizing & Balancing Voices

For best results, singers should work on their voices every day, even just 6-10 minutes a day of vocalizing with Deep Practice concepts can be very productive.  Below are scales for Men's and Women's Voices, and some recommended tools.  Students should work on the tools assigned to them in lesson to speak to specific vocal tendencies.  More videos will be added so keep checking back.  (These scales are part of proprietary IVA information and should not be shared with anyone outside this or any IVA studio.)  Chart your progress by printing out these 2 files:

Scales for Tenor/Bass Voices
Scales for Soprano/Alto Voices

*UPDATE -I've added new scales for all voices.  There are three more scales for Baritones/Bases to help expand range.  There are slower, lower key scales for female/youth boys voices to expand lower ranges as well.  Additional scales are located at the bottom of each list. 

Men's Scales

Youth Boys/Girls & Women's Scales 

Octave and a Half Scale for Balancing/Range.
Tools: Lip bubble, hum, ng, wee, nay, nee, nuh, mum, no, one,  gee, guh, buh. Vowels work well too.

Weighty or chest pull singers should use Octave Down Scales with semi occlusives and hooty sounds such as lip bubbles, hums, ng, guh, buh, muh, no, nuh, one.  Cry sounds work too: gee, me and sometimes nay.  Vowels work as well.

Octave Repeat scales build strength in the mix.

Tools: nay, nah, mah, mum, gee, gug, buh, no, one

Broken Arpeggio scales are more advanced and should only be used when the singer is in a mix. They are used to create flexibility.  Use Mix-y tools: mum, no, nuh, one, and vowels.

Five Tone Scales are used mostly when needing to strengthen chest voice or ear training.  Use wide or open vowels to access a stronger chest voice: Mah, Nah, Tongue out, Mum, No, One, Hm and NG. For ear training purposes, use solfege.

Five tone down to chest helps men who need to start in head, work down to a solid chest voice.  Use hooty sounds like Mum, one, no, buh, gug.

Octave Sustain - Helps build strength on long notes, Sue the same tools as the Octave Repeat, but work on vibrato, dynamics and style elements.

Baritone/Bass Scales 

Octave and a Half Scale for Balancing/Range.
Tools: Lip bubble, hum, ng, wee, nay, nee, nuh, mum, no, one,  gee, guh, buh. Vowels work well too.

Same tools as above, but this will help increase range on the bottom end.  Be sure to stay "bratty" on the bottom. 

This short scale, from head voice down, will help increase strength in the mix (first and second bridge). Best tools are: ee, ay, wee, gee, gug, semi occlusives (lip trill, "NG" straw)

Tools:  Nay, Nah, Mah, Mum, No, Nuh, Mee, One

Tools: Nah, Nay, Mah, Mum, No, One 

Tools: Nay, Me, Fee, Foo, Goo, Guh, Nun, One, Mum

Vowels

More Lessons to come!  Start with these first!  if you can master these, the others will be much easier!