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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Exercise: Singing the Vowels

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[MUSIC]
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's going
to be a physical action that in your
language represents
the physical action of consonants 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 Jar Of Clay.
You may be familiar with them.
This is the hook of one of their songs and
it goes like this.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
so now I'm gonna
do it wrong.
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH] Please don't
pass that around.
[LAUGH] So, so.
Second example.
I was closing into as many consonants as I
possibly could.
I can already feel my voice is a little,
little raspy from doing that.
Why?
Because it pulls on the muscles.
That have to do with the external muscles
of the larynx within,
which your vocal folds and your voice
vibrations occur.
As well as pulling on the tongue,
which pulls not only the larynx in a bad
position for
what has to happen inside, but it also
changes the position of the vocal folds.
So then, you have to do something
instinctively to try to
counteract that pull, and you end up with
what
I call force counterforce.
This is a common source of off pitch
singing,
and is also something that can tend to
cause a lack of vocal tone.
The kind of tone, or strength you might be
looking for.
And, I mean it doesn't have to be a strong
voice.
Even if you're going
[MUSIC].
And, you go
[MUSIC]
[SOUND].
So, okay.
So, [LAUGH] the, the main thing is if you
know that the first.
Here's one of tracking it down.
The first word in this phrase is keep.
So, the vowel sound obviously is E.
[SOUND] And, you're gonna sing that E.
[SOUND] Next word.
[MUSIC]
Is the vowel sound.
The letters, doesn't matter.
What you're looking for is what is the
actual heart of the vowel sound you want,
and there's no right or wrong vowel sound
pronunciation.
It has to do with how you pronounce your
words, and how
you want to sound style wise in the song
that you're singing.
Cuz if we were doing that let's say
country.
I'm not much of a country singer but, keep
your eyes wide open.
I would pronounce the vowels differently
than if
I was singing it a little more bluesy.
[MUSIC]
You can change tones,
you can change vowel pronunciations.
You just need to know what the vowel sound
is.
We are painters with sound.
A painter needs to know about their colors
so that the colors can be mixed by that
painter, to create the different shades
and dimensions, shadows, and lights.
We use vowel sounds and a lot of our vowel
pronunciations
are combinations of like the word your,
[MUSIC]
if I start going into the R that pulls.
Consonants constrict, they crush your
vowels and constrict the muscles.
Ya, oh, or for me, would be that
particular vowel sound.
Then, eyes, so E-Y-E-S, eyes,
is actually going to have an sound.
Eyes, rather than eyes.
Eyes.
[MUSIC]
There's another W-I-D-E,
that I is pronounced.
[MUSIC]
For O.
[MUSIC]
Try it out for yourself.
Take a song, have the lyrics written out
and
slowly say each word to recognize and
discover what is
the heart of that vowel sound without your
mouth,
or internal mouth, the tongue, closing.
When it's not closed.
And you're, you're phonating, you're
making the vibrational sounds of
your voice for that word or syllable,
you'll discover the vowel.
Then, sing it.
It makes a huge difference.
This also, what I'm telling you, there's a
lesson that you can find a little
later on in the school that I'd like you
to take a look at.
As soon as possible and it's in the
working with styles section,
and it's specifically the section called
working with shadow vowels.
And, once you see it you'll understand
what the title means,
working with shadow vowels.
Thanks.
I look forward to your upcoming video
exchanges, and continuing to work with you
here in my school.
[MUSIC]