Drama Vocal Warm Up Game: 1, 2, 1

1, 2, 1 is a great vocal warm up game that is also good for focus and also teaches vocal rhythm. It is suitable for middle elementary (primary) school and high school. I like to use this game when talking about articulation and using voice and discuss the importance of vocal warm ups with students.

​How to play 1, 2,1

 

Players:

  • This is a whole class circle drama game and can be played with small or large groups.

 

How to play this drama game:

  • In a circle, first teach the basic chant / number rhythm. Students must all chant at the same time.

  • The pitch gets higher with higher numbers and lowers slightly for the lower numbers. The first number should start mid-tone. It is done like a vocal (singing) scale activity but does not require singing training (or a good voice!).

  • Practice the sequence until all students are comfortable.

  • It should get to a nice pace.

The chant:

1

1, 2, 1

1, 2, 3, 2, 1

1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Extension

  • Once you have completed the above rhythm, do it again but after getting to the final 1, switch to 8 and start counting downwards. There will be a difference in pitch from 1 - 8 and this is where it is most noticeable.

Eg. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... 8

8

8, 7, 8

8, 7, 6, 7, 8

8, 7, 6, 5, 6, 7, 8

8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Further extension

  • Take out 1 or 2 numbers and replace with claps. Repeat the rhythm with the claps.

 

Eg. replace 3 and 6 with claps

1

1, 2, 1

1, 2, clap, 2, 1

1, 2, clap, 4, clap, 2, 1

1, 2, clap, 4, 5, 4, clap, 2, 1

1, 2, clap, 4, 5, clap, 5, 4, clap, 2, 1

1, 2, clap, 4, 5, clap, 7, clap, 5, 4, clap, 2, 1

1, 2, clap, 4, 5, clap, 7, 8, 7, clap, 5, 4, clap, 2, 1

You can also go backwards with the same clap sequence.

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