Jeannie gives her students a quick exercise in this lesson that will help with vowel singing. Her directions are to write out the words of the melody, and sing the melody emphasising and dragging out the vowel sounds in whatever words are to be sung.
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- Okay, so here's the mini lesson.…This mini lesson has to do with vowels and consonants.…And as you may or may not have recognized,…for us as singers, we use vowels and consonants…no matter what language we're speaking in,…there is going to be a physical action that in your language…represents the physical action of consonance…or the physical action of vowels.…
The way to get a better singing voice, in part,…is to recognize the vowel sounds that are made…for each note you're singing…because the notes of your melody align with the vowel sound…of each word or syllable of each word.…I'm gonna give you a little short example.…So this is from the band Jars of Clay,…you may be familiar with them.…This is the hook of one of their songs,…and it goes like this.…
♫ Keep your eyes wide open…♫ Keep your eyes wide open ♫…Okay, so now I'm gonna do it wrong.…♫ Keep your eyes wide open ♫…Please don't pass that around. (laughs)…So, second example,…I was closing in to as many consonants as I possibly could.…
I can already feel my voice is a little,…
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