Vowel Warm-Up Summary!

Tongue Vowel Cycle

ah – é – ee – é – ah

N.B. The mouth/face should move very little if at all for this cycle (while not being tense or ‘locked’ of course). The ‘startled rubber duck’ is as good a reference point as any.

(Bright eyes & generous lips, but no botox, please!)

Leave all the work to the tongue to keep the transition between these vowels sweet & smooth

Lip Vowel Cycle

ah – oh – oo – oh – ah

N.B. The inside of the mouth should move very little if at all for this cycle (while not being tense or ‘locked’ of course). Tongue down & forward, always. A cavernous vault, & as for ALL vowels the bright eyes opening upper sinuses et al. -Almost like stretching the inside of your whole head!

The only thing that changes the vowels is the aperture of the lips!

Ah – startled rubber duck

Oh – pencil sized lip hole

Oo – whistle sized lip hole

And ALWAYS, with the open & lofty space maintained within!

Particular challenges for English speakers!

We have no ‘é’ vowel in the English language, only ‘a’, which is in fact a compound vowel, pronounced “ay-ee”, (if you slow it down). When singing in other languages it is essential to try & master singing ‘é’ without automatically flitting to an ‘ee’, as we close the note, which is a natural reflex for us all.

 

The important thing is to hold yourself to account. (Especially on things you find easy to sing). LISTEN intently to the sound you are making & suffer not a rogue vowel to escape your lips!

ANYONE can create perfect vowels, it’s simply a question of stubborn patience.

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