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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Pitch Accuracy: Singing the Vowels Technique -NEW!

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[MUSIC]
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
pitches 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,
how you express, and put emotion into what
you're saying.
So I'm gonna show you specifically, how
this works in the context of a song and
then when you're working on a song and you
find a area of difficulty.
Yes, of course, you can apply any of the
other techniques that we've already
covered or are yet to come but you can
also take a look at,
are you actually singing the m, the vowel
pronunciation?
And again, I want to just present to you
the fact that vowels,
there are letter names.
A, e, i, o u, and sometimes y, which
sounds like an e.
And then there's many different possible
pronunciations for
each of the vowel sounds.
We are painters with sounds, so
we can mix colors which also bring about
different style sounds.
Which I get into later on in the school in
the working with style section.
So I'll save that for then.
I'm gonna bring Michelle on to help me
demonstrate this principle to you.
Hi.
>> Hello.
>> [LAUGH] So, okay, we're going to use
Amazing Grace and
I want to use a certain section of the
song which is the part that
is I once was lost but now I'm found.
>> Okay.
>> Okay.
And
[MUSIC].
>> [MUSIC].
>> Good, that's it.
Now let's take a look at the word I.
Sing me the notes that go with that word.
>> [MUSIC].
>> Good.
Now, in this case, her pronunciation is
off.
That's okay.
But you should know that it is.
>> [LAUGH]
>> Because you aren't using it
as the impetus of your sound, so let's try
it.
Know that you're singing that.
>> Okay.
>> And, by the way, in English, most of
the time,
when you're singing a word that has an I,
it is, it tends to be pronounced.
>> Oh.
>> Like ah-ai.
>> Okay, I hear that now.
>> It's not ah-ee, ah-ee!
[LAUGH]
>> [LAUGH]
>> Right?
So, which you weren't doing that, by the
way.
>> Okay.
>> [LAUGH]
>> [LAUGH] No, yeah!
Okay, so ba-da, those two notes with that.
>> [MUSIC].
>> Just the I, good.
Again.
>> [MUSIC].
>> Good.
Now we're gonna give it a more of a peak.
It's a little too round, so it's not
giving you enough resonance.
>> Okay.
>> And so let's try more of an.
We're mixing, we're blending now.
>> Okay.
>> Okay?
Sort of like a painter putting shadow
behind a color.
>> Okay.
>> Okay?
>> Yeah.
>> So, it's gonna be a little more.
>> [MUSIC].
>> Better.
Again.
>> [MUSIC].
>> Good.
Now, we're gonna mix the and the [LAUGH].
>> [MUSIC]
Hm.
>> [MUSIC].
>> [MUSIC].
>> Good.
Now I'm gonna show you where it's
gonna resonate.
>> Okay.
>> I'm not into what people get into,
having to do with placement,
where to place your voice.
>> Okay.
>> Because the voice will place itself,
based on what you're thinking and
imagining.
But sometimes it's helpful to get oriented
to,
something that you haven't experienced
before.
>> Okay.
>> So, I will enlighten.
[LAUGH] Pretend I have a little flashlight
and I'm putting it in your mouth.
>> Okay.
>> And it's shining there's,
right behind the teeth the dome starts.
That's the rounded part.
And, right about here.
>> Okay.
>> Is where that vowel is gonna sit.
>> Okay.
[MUSIC].
>> Better.
Now
[MUSIC].
The next note is going to be the same
place, not above it.
>> Okay.
[MUSIC].
>> That's better, again.
>> [MUSIC].
>> Mm-hm,
the only thing that's shaking your voice
right now is that you're adding oomph.
>> Okay.
>> The beginning was there.
>> Okay.
>> And then you drove it a little.
>> Okay.
>> But you're already there.
>> [LAUGH] Okay, okay.
[MUSIC].
>> Good.
Now, do the line.
>> [MUSIC].
>> Good.
Now, notice on lost.
What would you say the vowel sound is
gonna be there?
>> Right.
No oh, not that you were.
>> Okay.
>> But just so you know, right?
>> Okay.
>> So, here's a, a very interesting,
sometimes, one of these, the word in
English is tedious, like tiring, slightly.
Mentally, though.
Not physically, but it's really well worth
doing.
You take a phrase.
I, I once was lost and you find the vowel
sound.
And you actually often will find that one
vowel is a neighbor of the next is a
neighbor of the next.
So try that.
I once was lost.
>> Just on vowels?
>> Mm-hm.
>> [MUSIC].
>> No no, I'm sorry.
You're not gonna sing the melody.
Just say the vowels first.
>> Good, now do it without moving your
jaw.
>> Okay.
So, it's.
>> Once.
>> Was is the same as once.
>> Good, say that again.
>> I.
>> There's no I, it's just.
>> Good.
Now, sing it knowing that's the sound,
those are the sounds you're going to use.
>> Okay.
[MUSIC].
>> No, I mean, sorry, you can use the
lyric.
>> Oh, thank you.
>> Yeah.
>> [MUSIC].
>> Different?
>> Yeah, it feels different.
It's sitting in a different place in my
mouth.
>> Yeah.
Good.
I'm sure you could hear that change.
Try it for yourself.
This again is an exercise, it's a drill.
It's something to wrap your mind around.
You can do a video exchange with me.
For it, take a phrase, two phrases.
Let me know first what the words are.
Then, go through what the vowel sounds
are.
Try to do it without moving your jaw cuz
it's just vowels.
Consonants require jaw movement.
And even though you're going through
different vowels, they're vowels.
They're not vowels and consonants.
[LAUGH] Then you can next step if you want
is sing
the melody vowel to vowel to vowel and
then add lyric.
Send me your song.
I look forward to it.
[MUSIC]