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"Bed, bed, I couldn't go to bed. My head's too light to try and set it down. Sleep, sleep, I couldn't sleep tonight, not for all the jewels in the crown." Hello, my name is Kendall McGuire and I'm a Professional Singer and Voice Teacher in Tampa Bay, Florida. And today, I will be teaching you how to practice scale notes for vocal exercises. What you'll need for this exercise is a piano or keyboard and perhaps a glass of water, bottle of water to keep you hydrated as you're practicing. Let's take a look at the keyboard. Let's begin with the basic five finger scale; C, D, E, F, G, F, E, D, C. If you're more proficient on the keyboard, you can take an octave C scale; C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C; C, B, A, G, F, E, D, C. For the sake of those who do not have a piano or keyboard at home, I'm going to do this acapella so that you can practice as well. Let's take the C major five finger scale to begin with. Let's just do it on, "A". "Aaaaaaaa". It's also good to practice using that diaphragm muscle and strengthening that by going more than once, twice, three times or even four times up the scale. "Aaaaaaaaaa", "Aaaaaaa", "Aaaaaaaaa", "Aaaaaaaaa", at the end, holding out the final note to a crescendo, giving it everything you got with that last final breathing out of, of your music and of your notes and everything. And this is good to practice again, strengthening your diaphragm. If you can handle an eight-note scale, which is an octave scale, it sounds again on the keyboard like this, "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa", "Aaaaaaaaaaaaa", "Aaaaaaaaaaaa", and so forth multiple times and then the last note, "Aaaaaaaaaaa", having do a crescendo. Musical term crescendo meaning starting softer and growing, building to a finishing climax. I'm Kendall McGuire and that is how to practice vocal exercises using a basic scale. Thank you.