Jeannie goes over the basics of the tongue muscle. She explains some of the movements the tongue makes when singing certain consonant and vowel sounds, as well as explaining the movements the tongue make in order for those sounds to occur. She also gives a couple brief exercises for students to try.
- One of the physical tools…that we have in singing is our tongue.…We use it for a lot of different aspects of singing…and it can either help or hinder the way that we sing.…Example:…For-- Do this.…Do this consonant:…(exaggerates pronunciation) T.…Now if you said tee, that's a word,…and the word is gonna have a consonant,…the actual T, and the vowel, E.…
So I just want you to do the consonant T, T,…and you feel how the tip of the tongue…T, touches the front roof of our moth and then drops.…That's a muscle action, because your tongue…actually starts here,…it's the whole inside of your mouth,…lying on the floor of your mouth,…and it ends right here.…Put your fingers there (mock gags and chuckles).…(clears throat)…Okay, if you put your fingers here and then swallow,…you feel that movement?…If you didn't do it do it now.…
Yeah, and swallow.…That's your tongue, moving up and then dropping down.…The thing that makes the sounds of your voice…is right in here, called your vocal folds.…You might know them as vocal chords,…that's not the right name.…
Note: Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Keeping your voice limber with neck massage
- Practicing tongue exercises
- Correcting bad vocal habits
- Stretching and exercising the tongue with slides
- Warming up with lip trills
- Reducing vocal strain
- Improving vocal range
Skill Level Beginner
1. Warming Up
2. Tongue Exercises and the La-Ga Series
3. Slides, Trills, and Tone
4. Quick-Fix Exercises
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