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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Singing Harmony: Pronunciation & Rhythm -NEW!

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>> The next thing we'll take a look at has
to do with pronunciation and
the rhythm of your words.
Cuz of course, that all need to match up
I've spoken a little bit about that
already, but we're going to zone in on it.
Put the focus in and
see how this works in the context of this
particular song we've been working.
Lean On Me.
Lady, gent.
So now first thing is I'm gonna pronounce
the words differently than I have been so
far and we'll see how lovely it all
[LAUGH] So I will,
we'll start the same way though.
I'm just gonna do lean on me when you're
not strong and we'll stop.
>> Melody.
>> And you, you you both sing your
>> Okay.
>> Parts to this.
Two, three.
I love that.
Let's do that again.
We're going to do that and the, the phrase
after, just to really beef it up.
One, two, three.
if it was a cartoon,
that might work
point made.
The way that the words are pronounced
needs to have again,
here comes the word, some agreement.
Now another way would be this.
Same thing, we'll take it through the word
[SOUND] One, two, three.
So I'm trying to sustain
consonants while they
are sustaining more of the vowel,
so that also throws things off.
You think?
>> Yes.
>> [LAUGH] Thank you for agreement.
[LAUGH] Okay.
So let's say we're just gonna do when
you're not strong.
We're gonna do it slow, so we can hear how
homogenize better the pronunciation of the
words and
I'll stop goofing around on that, [SOUND]
even though I'd love to continue.
[LAUGH] Okay.
So here we go.
[SOUND] Through when you're not strong,
I'll start off with lean on me, cuz it
puts us in.
[SOUND] One, two, three.
Now, not was off a little bit.
So let's take it even slower.
One, two, three.
Now we'll put it up to tempo.
One, two, three.
Strong was a little off.
Do it same tempo though.
One, two, three.
Now part of what, I've said this in a
different way before at least.
But part of what rhythmicizes your phrase
is how soon and
how long do you stay on the vowel sound of
each syllable.
I'm gonna give you a working definition of
the word syllable not a dictionary
You can figure out the number of syllables
that a word has by
how many vowel sounds it has.
So for example, there's a word in English,
Now that e, English is so odd sometimes.
The e at the end of the word is what's
called a silent vowel and
frequently like the word same, S-A-M-E.
You wouldn't say, say me, you'd say same.
So the, many of you of course know this,
but we're dealing,
I'm dealing with an international cast of
So [LAUGH] this is how English is when
you're singing it or speaking it.
There are these silent vowels that are
supposed to tell you how
to pronounce the vowel that you actually
make sound on, right?
>> Hm.
>> Well, it can get confusing sometimes,
cuz here you have the word able,
which is not in the song, but I just
wanted to use it as an example.
Able, how many vowel sounds does it have?
However, that second vowel is not there in
As a singer, you're working with sound.
It doesn't matter how a word is spelled.
What matters is the sounds that you use.
The sounds of the vowels are your melody
It also contributes to the tone of your
So we are painters with sound and
each sound that we create can be you can
think of
it is another color, brighter or darker
There's a certain kind of shade that
I'm giving all of those vowels.
An earlier section of the school on
working with style,
I talk about shadow vowel.
So, we can make it brighter.
Depending on the other singers
you're singing with, you may need to
the tone of your voice with the vowels and
how you pronounce them.
Let's make it sound dark, all together.
Just think dark.
[SOUND] One, two, three.
Yes, now let's
make it bright.
[LAUGH] All right.
So this is again about pronunciation and
Just to cap, put it forward again,
the way you pronounce a word,
gives it its rhythm as well as its sound
It can help you sing on pitch or actually
cause your pitch to go
off if you're scrunching your vowel with
your consonants,
which muscularly choke you to some degree.
Creating straining also.
[LAUGH] Harmony is about blend of
singing the notes with the words.
The agreement of when you start a vowel,
what does it sound and how long you hold
it for.
Unifies all voices and
gives you certainty in vocal blend.