Here, Jeannie Deva covers the importance of knowing and singing properly the voewl sounds for any given melody. The exercise she introduces help the students gain pitch accuracy and tone control.
- There are many times when I'm coaching a singer…that I recognize what they think their pitch…difficulty is is actually a result of them…not fully knowing the exact pronunciation of the vowel…in the context of the word they're singing,…and so it's a sort of a vowel sound.…See, we don't sing just tones.…There are actual vowel sounds that have pitch to them.…So you can think of it in terms of the pitch is…inside the sound of the vowel.…
There are actual reasons for this,…this is very technically correct,…by which I mean it's a marriage of several subjects.…Physics, acoustics, and linguistics,…through the research that I did within those subjects…having to do with singing, I found this out.…So every time that your vocal folds are vibrating,…what they are initiating isn't just pitch.…It's the vowel that has a pitch.…
And that's why I talk frequently about…approaching something the way you would say the vowel.…With, again, speaking approach does not usually ever…include tension as you're moving around, you know,…different pitches as part of the expressivity,…
Note: The course is part 2 of the Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva series, recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Improving breath management
- Relaxing your stomach
- Practicing rib cage exercises
- Using songs as warm-ups
- Strengthening your voice with lip trills and nose buzz
- Improving pitch and resonance
- Nailing song phrasing, timing, and dynamics
- Moving from practice to performance