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Country Vocals Lessons: Vocal Warm Ups - Consonant Articulations

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We're gonna
warm up our consonant creators.
We're using different part of our
system now than what we used to
shape our vowels,
we've been shaping vowels.
Now we're gonna concentrate
on some consonants.
This will speak to our diction,
as we articulate lyrics.
And it also helps you feel
the nuance of placement
when you're just passing
air in an open vowel shape.
You're not having to deal with
the interruption that consonants can be.
Consonants, by their very nature,
are interrupting airflow.
That's how we distinguish
a constant from a vowel.
Vowels we can [SOUND] Vowels
are not interrupted air flow.
We can make all of our vowel
sounds just keeping our air going.
But consonants interrupt our airflow,
that's how we distinguish them.
Our ear hears those interruptions and
the shape of those interruptions where
they're articulated in our teeth.
Where the tongue is, the back of
the throat, the shape of our teeth,
and the shape of our tongues and
where they lie inside our mouths,
are what determine which
consonant we are articulating.
So we're gonna use consonant
articulations as a warm up to focus,
warm up, and focus our diction and
our ability to keep that airflow
consistent, and our tone consistent,
even though we're interrupting
the air with consonants.
Let's start with a ma, ma, ma.
And we're gonna try to concentrate
on a single note,
keeping our air flow nice and steady.
Inhale, keep your shoulders down.
Just nice solid mountain pose base.
Again, if you're
doing this properly,
you'll feel a little tickle in your nose.
You'll feel your lips buzzing because your
air flow will be all nice and forward.
Let's got
to a La.
go to a D.
I'm rising up
higher in my chest voice.
I'm intentionally not going
into my head voice right now.
I just wanna exercise a little
bit of my upper chest voice.
Now I'm
gonna pop that
note in to my
head voice.
I just relaxed my vocal cords and
my neck a little bit more.
Put the sound a little more
up in my mask and behind my eyes.
Now let's go to our R.
Let's drop
down to the lower
register with R.
Let's go to a Z,
Z gives you a nice buzzy
feeling in your nose and
the front of your lips.
My neck and throat,
everything out here is relaxed,
my shoulders are relaxed.
You can use these consonant
articulations also on arpeggios or
complete scales.
Just fun things that you can
play like a little
challenge a game that you
can give yourself to play let me do
a whole scale on M consonants.
That way we are getting a little bit
of exercise articulating notes feeling
how those notes are articulated
with my pitch controllers.
And working through the interruption
of the consonant, just good practice,
getting familiar with how your
mechanisms work and how they feel.
In other words there
is no right or wrong.
Just use these exercises to warm
up your mechanism, and play,
just kind of get familiar with
how these different sounds feel,
in your mouth and in your throat.
And as long as you're concentrating
on keeping everything relaxed,
nothing should hurt.
And honestly these kinds of exercises,
these kinds of warm ups
should feel invigorating.
They shouldn't feel fatiguing,
they shouldn't feel tiring.
When they are done properly,
they are actually energizing.
So that's one way to kind of check
yourself when you're on your own and
you're wanting to make sure that
you're doing things properly,
that you're not causing any damage.
You should feel no fatigue when you are
properly doing these kinds of warm-ups.
They should be invigorating and
So that's consonance articulations.