How To Sing Vowels For Vocal Exercises
To maintain a similar sort of space in your mouth, imagine that you have ___________ in your mouth.
I'm going to talk to you now about how to sing vowels for vocal exercises. Now, in terms of the physics of singing, there are two things that go to make up a sound. There's airflow and resonance. The airflow is essentially the speed of the air moving over the vocal chords causing them to phonate. That is gotten by the diaphragm. Then, resonance is the sort of chamber which is the shape of the mouth, that phonation flows into in order to become the sound that we hear. You can hear the same thing when you listen to some singers perform. Sometimes, certain vowel sounds are louder than others. This is because the resonating space in the mouth is changing. Always try and maintain a similar sort of space in your mouth. Think of it like you've got a ball or a hard-boiled egg or something in your mouth and you form this bell like resonating space at the front. I'm going to give you two exercises now that should help you achieve this. The first is designed to get imposto into the sound. Imposto is an Italian term that basically refers to that nasal buzz or ping. Sometimes, it's called blade and it's that hard edge that helps the sound to travel to the back of the concert hall. The easiest sound to generate that nasal imposto on is an 'E' vowel sound, that sort of nasal buzzing 'E' sound. So, now, on one note, I want you to start on that sound and gradually open it up, 'ee', 'ea', 'aa', 'oo', 'ou'. The second exercise does exactly the reverse. It's designed to use the darker resonances that you have in the dark vowels like an 'ou' sound or an 'oh' sound and bring that even in the closed vowels like 'eh' and 'ee'. So, start with exactly the same vowel sound that you finished the last exercise on, that imposto laden 'oh' and then do the same vowels in reverse. 'oo', 'au', 'ah', 'ae', 'ee'. Again, make sure you don't drop your support. That way, you'll carry the resonance from one through into the next. If you keep practicing both these exercises going from one to the other and then back again, you should find that you have the resonance of each vowel, shared in every other vowel. So, all the vowels will be equally resonant and equally exciting to listen to. There you have a few tips on how to practice vowels for vocal exercises. .