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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Basics: Pronunciation and Vowels

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I have so much to talk
about in this lesson.
So here we go.
Pronunciation has a lot to do
with both musical style as we know it and
personal style.
In the history of popular music, there've
been various times where
someone's pronunciation, which would be
with one style of music, has been combined
with a different style of music.
What's known as southern rock has rock
and it has a southern accent connected to
Now southern accents are usually
associated with either blues or
country music.
So, some of the early Charlie Daniels
band ZZ Top, they in,
they introduced a whole new sound just by
that combination.
Then you, we've got more hiphop for
is taking a what is it considered, like an
urban sort of a pronunciation.
I don't know why it's called urban.
Urban cuz there's a lot of different
cities, but at any rate, it's an urban
sort of a, a, a, I don't know how you'd
describe it.
It's almost a kind of a twangy sort of a
Hey, whazup?
You know, and a little sloppy way of
pronouncing the word, and
put it with this really rhythmic feel.
And I'm talking about a little difference
than like rap type of, of loops and
things but you know, it's, it, there's all
these different
sounds that are being put together that at
first weren't together.
And it has to do not only with the beat,
and the different music,
sounds that are put in to the song, but
also the pronunciation of the singer.
Let's look more specifically at this.
So, if you are singing blues, normally,
it has this kind of a pronunciation.
I'll give you an example.
It's a oh, oh, kind of a sound.
And that would be heard in a lot of gospel
as well.
On the other hand, say you're doing, so
that's like, the, the pronunciation,
it's the way the vowel sounds and the
handling of the consonants.
Are they very crisp?
Like a, let's see, what's
a I don't have the words right here, but,
1001 trombones man the big parade.
So a very crisp kind of a pronunciation,
and the vowel sound is, is,
[LAUGH] you know, in America, the middle
of the country is considered accentless.
It's like a no accent, which is impossible
of course but,
that's what it's considered.
It's a very clean way of pronouncing and a
lot of, especially traditional Broadway,
uses that approach so it's very crisp,
very articulated, and
there's no [SOUND], you know, no variation
to the vowel sounds.
That's not exactly true.
Of course vowel sounds each one has their
own pronunciation,
but I think you know what I mean.
Or I hope so.
So, okay, then you've got country, so
here's a traditional country song.
Now, I don't have a Southern accent, so
I'm trying to put it on for you, but
that's a different pronunciation and it's
associated with a certain
musical style but what if we took that
pronunciation and put it into rock?
It'd be interesting.
I don't know if we would go with R&B
But even R&B is, is actually coming from
southern roots,
and actually, a lot of jazzes as well.
So, knowing your music history has some
interest because you discover
how one sound goes into a new sound and it
permeates and perhaps,
you as an artist, can make the next
evolutionary step in our musical history.
So we're going to get more in detail
into pronunciation and how vowel sounds
consonants actually influence your singing