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Magic Choral Trick #283 Lip Roll Warm Up

Lip Rolls get the breath moving, improve legato and help place the sound further forward in the mouth – and so are a great addition to any warm up.

Here’s my original post about them:

As I mention in the blog post – you can Brrrrrrr a few lines of a song to help with placement, but here’s an entertaining Lip Roll warm up exercise.

Everyone starts on the 5th. I’ll write it out here using scale degree numbers. The long underscores show that the note is sustained.

(Sory folks – haven’t yet figured out how to copy and paste Finale files onto this blog)

Barbershop version – everyone starts on exactly the same pitch – not an octave apart

Tenor 5 5 6 7 8 2 3 (2, 3 = 9, 10)
Lead 5 5 6 7 8____
Bari 5____________
Bass 5 4 3 2 1____

SATB choir version

Sop 5 5 6 7 8 2 3
Alto 5 5 6 7 8____
Tenor 5____________
Bass 5 4 3 2 1____

This exercise can be done in several different keys during the warm up – keys either ascending, or descending by half tone. For example – do it first in the key of C, then sing it in D flat, D, E flat etc.

Just a heads up though – there are always several people in every group who will quit early because they say it makes their lips too buzzy or itchy. I try to cut them some slack. Everyone else will probably be having fun, because of the slight craziness of the exercise.

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